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

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

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

Austin J. Hutcherson (Class of 2017)
Construction Project Manager
SoLa Impact, LLC, Los Angeles

Superna Kalle
President, International Digital Networks
Starz, A Lionsgate Company, Los Angeles

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
Sr. Vice President & Head of Debt
Bellwether Asset Management
Los Angeles, CA

Karen Locke
Community Organizer/Volunteer
Santa Monica, CA


Joseph Moschella, JD/MBA
General Counsel
Jukin Media, Inc., Los Angeles

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

Elena Zager
Project Manager, Private Family Office
Los Angeles

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 AvalosVice 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 KornerDean of Faculty Governance
Seta JavorSr. Executive Assistant to the President | Board Secretary
Joan Marques, Ph.D. (Class of 1999)Dean, School of Business
Nedra PetersonUniversity Librarian
Randy StaufferSenior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Sabrina Taylor-Encarnacion (Class of 2007, 2009)Associate Vice President, Admissions
Jeff BellantoniDean, School of Media Culture & Design
Ingalill Wahlroos-RitterDean, School of Architecture
David LeungVice President, Finance & Accounting