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

Dulari Amin
Synergy Ventures
Los Angeles, CA


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


Members at Large

Lee Alpert, Esq.
Alpert Barr & Grant
A Professional Law Corporation
Encino, CA

Ronald Altoon
President and CEO
ALTOON | Strategic
Encino, CA

Maria Alvarez
Partner Director of Engineering
Microsoft Corporation
Los Angeles, CA

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

Douglas Gold
Chief Financial & Marketing Officer
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP
Los Angeles, 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

Cara Leonard Munn
Senior Vice President
Hotels Debt and Structured Finance
CBRE Hotels
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

Matthew Roman (Class of 2016)
Project Manager
Kirkwood Collection, Inc.
Los Angeles, 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 Properties
Torrance, CA

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

Sundeep Vaghashia, (Class of 2009)
Chief Operating Officer
Glendale, CA

Trustees Emeriti

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

Mauro Diaz (Class of 1995, 2002)           Assistant Vice President, International Recruitment

Reuben Ellis, Ph.D.                                     Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Christoph Korner                                        Dean of Faculty Governance

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

Joan Marques, Ph.D.  (Class of 1999)    Dean, School of Business

Nedra Peterson                                          University Librarian

Randy Stauffer                                            Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Sabrina Taylor                                             Associate Vice President, Admissions

Sue Vessella                                                Dean, School of Media Culture & Design

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter                             Dean, School of Architecture

Liza Mullins                                                  Vice President, Accounting & Finance