Trustees and Cabinet


The Board of Trustees is Woodbury University’s governing body, providing policy, leadership and oversight. Trustees govern Woodbury with a dedication to its mission, preparing graduates who are articulate, ethical and innovative lifelong learners. The board consists of individuals who have diverse experience in education, business, law, architecture, the entertainment industry, philanthropy, and public service. Trustees are appointed to serve three-year terms that are renewable.



Gregory N. Lippe, CPA  (Class of 1967) 
Gregory N. Lippe Accountancy Corporation
Simi Valley, CA

Vice Chair

Maria Mehranian
Managing Partner & Chief Financial Officer
Cordoba Corporation
Los Angeles, CA


Seta Javor
Sr. Executive, Assistant to the President
Woodbury University


Members at Large

Ronald Altoon
President and CEO
ALTOON | Strategic
Encino, CA

Maria Alvarez
Partner Director of Engineering
Artificial Intelligence & Research Group
Los Angeles, CA

Dulari Amin 
Qello Media
Beverly Hills, CA

Talin Fakhoorian (Class of 2015)
Sr. Fund Accountant
Los Angeles, CA

Zelda Gilbert, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita,
Woodbury University
Burbank, CA

Afshin Kateb (Class of 1993)
Chief Financial Officer
Nazarian Enterprises and Nimes Capital
Los Angeles, CA

David Kummer, CPCU, AIC
Managing Director/
Chief Development Officer
Sullivan Curtis Monroe Insurance Services, LLC
Los Angeles, CA


Karen Locke
Community Organizer/Volunteer
Santa Monica, CA

Walter W. Mosher Jr., Ph.D.
Precision Dynamics Corporation
San Fernando, CA

Ignacio Rodriguez (Class of 2007)
Ignacio Rodriguez Architects
Granada Hills, CA

Ronald E. Soderling, (Class of 1957)
Owner/Senior Partner
RESCO Properties
Newport Beach, CA

C. Edward Spiegel, (Class of 1960) 
Chair Emeritus, Managing Partner
Cast & Crew Management Corporation
Burbank, CA

David Steele-Figueredo, Ph.D.
Woodbury University
Burbank=-Los Angeles/San Diego, CA

William R. Thomas, (Class of 1969)
Thomas Motors
Torrance, CA

Claire S. Thompson, NCIDQ, CID
Founding Principal
The Thompson Collaborative, LLC


Trustees Emeriti

Brian B. Bowman
Retired Chair
Ryan Herco Products Corporation
Burbank, CA

Lawrence N. Hurwitz
Lawrence Financial
Los Angeles, CA

David R. Misch
Chief Executive Officer
Community Bank
Pasadena, CA

Louis M. Naidorf, FAIA
Dean Emeritus, Woodbury University
Santa Rosa, CA 

Lawrence G. Shoaf
Vice Chair Emeritus



The President and the Cabinet, which consists of key administrators and the academic deans, are responsible for leading the University in achieving its institutional goals.

David Steele-Figueredo, Ph.D             President

Natalie Avalos                                         Vice President, Administrative Services | HR

Douglas Cremer, Ph.D.                         Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Mauro Diaz                                              Assistance Vice President, International Recruitment

Kristen Fuhs, Ph.D.                                 Dean of Faculty

Erik Greeny                                             Vice President, Advancement

Seta Javor                                               Sr. Executive Assistant to the President | Board Secretary

Tracci K. Johnson                                  Dean, Student Affairs

David LaChina                                       Vice President, Accounting & Finance

Joan Marques, Ph.D.                            Dean, School of Business

Nedra Peterson                                     University Librarian

Randy Stauffer                                      Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Sue Vessella                                          Dean, School of Media Culture & Design

Eric Wang                                              Vice President, Information Technology

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter                       Dean, School of Architecture