Sung Won Sohn teaches economics and directs the Institute of Global Economic Research (IGER) at California State University Channel Islands. His research includes the international economy, especially Pacific-Rim countries. He is also an expert on China’s economy impact and its impact on the global economy.
Before joining the faculty and California State University Channel Islands, Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles. He has also been an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets.
Sohn has gained a reputation for being one of the most accurate economists in the United States. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Blue Chip publications have all ranked him on their lists of accurate economists in the past.
He currently serves on the boards of Forever 21, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Claremont Graduate University.
Smith Professor of Economics at California State University Channel Islands
Areas of Expertise: International Economics (Especially the Pacific-Rim Countries), China’s Impact on the Global Economy
Dr. Tony Hilton has been the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Coordinator at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System since 2009. She has been a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation nurse leader for over 20 years, a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, a Public Health Consultant and program manager at a number of health care facilities. She has extensive experience in leadership development, palliative care, end-of-life care planning and ethics, medical case management and home health care for high risk and technology dependent patients.
Hilton is active as a national leader in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) SPHM programs, and is involved in many cutting edge programs to support the safety of patients and staff in patient handling initiatives. Her efforts have a strong focus on changing the culture of safety in health care facilities. She is currently detailed to the Chief Consultant, Occupational Health, Patient Care Ergonomics National Program. Hilton is also the Acting Associate Chief of Nursing Service, Education and Research programs at Loma Linda VA.
Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Coordinator at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Areas of Expertise: Palliative Care, End-Of-Life Care Planning And Ethics, Medical Case Management, Long Term Mechanical Ventilation in Community Care Settings, Home Health Care for High Risk and Technology Dependent Patients
Henri R. Ford, M.D. is a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon. He is vice president and chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), vice dean of Medical Education, Professor and vice chair for clinical affairs at University of Southern California’s Department of Surgery and Keck School of Medicine. He has researched the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, the most common and lethal disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants, leading to insights into the diagnosis, treatment, and pre-natal prevention. Under his leadership, CHLA has developed a robust, state of the art minimally invasive surgery program.
Dr. Ford maintains close ties with his native country, returning in 2010 to provide medical assistance after the earthquake. In May 2015, he performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Haiti.
Vice President and Chief of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Vice-Dean of Medical Education and Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Areas of Expertise: Neonatal Surgery; Global Surgery; Medical Education; Intestinal Barrier Failure, Leadership in American Surgery
Patricia Gándara teaches and co-directs the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. She also chairs the Working Group on Education for the University of California-Mexico Initiative in which she is spearheading a number of California-Mexico education projects.
Her most current research includes the impact of migration on Mexican origin students in the US and those returning to Mexico, as well as pathways to educational attainment for Mexican and U.S. students of Mexican origin. She specializes in language policy and English learners as well as the impact of offering BA degrees at community colleges.
Gándara recently co-edited two journal issues: Language Policy (2012) and Teachers College Record (2013) that summarize research conducted in Arizona for the Horne v Flores Supreme Court case, which dealt with the rights of English Learners to an equitable education. The studies pointed out the inequities in Arizona’s policy of providing English drill in lieu of access to a standard curriculum as required by the Supreme Court in Lau v Nichols (1974). She is the author of many books including “Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies” with Megan Hopkins, and “The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy, and the U.S. Labor Market” with Rebecca Callahan.
In 2011, Gándara was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and in 2015 received the Distinguished Career Award from the Scholars of Color.
Research Professor and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA
Areas of Expertise: Language Policy, Bilingual Education, Latino Education (especially education of Latinas), US-Mexico Education Issues; Higher Education Access and Equity
Dr. Praveen Mummaneni is a neurosurgeon at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He teaches at and vice-chairs the UCSF Department of Neurosurgery, as well as co-directs UCSF’s Spine Center.
As a neurosurgeon, Mummaneni specializes in complex cervical spine surgery and in minimally invasive spine surgery for a variety of conditions, including degenerative spinal disease, spinal deformity (scoliosis) and spinal tumors. He is also the editor of several textbooks on spinal surgery.From 2005 to 2014 he has been selected as one of the Best Doctors’ in America. In 2015, he was also listed in America’s Top Doctors ®by Castle Connolly.
Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, University of California San Francisco
Areas of Expertise: Treatment and Surgery for Degenerative Spine Disease, Scoliosis, and Spinal Tumors
She began her broadcasting career in 2011, making her debut as a studio analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Germany 2011. She continues to serve as a sideline reporter for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams on ESPN, studio and match analyst for the Longhorn Network and a contributor to ESPN W, ESPN’s digital platform for female athletes and fans.
As a soccer player, González captained Mexico women’s national team from 2003 – 2007, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece – the nation’s first appearance in Olympic soccer competition. She played two seasons of professional soccer with the Boston Breakers, earning 2003 WUSA All-Star honors. González is a former All-America and Academic All-America player at Notre Dame University, leading the Fighting Irish to three NCAA Final four appearances.
A native of Richardson, Texas, González is the founder of Gonzo Soccer, a not-for-profit soccer and leadership academy for girls in ages 8-16 from Chicago’s underserved inner-city communities. She is also an active supporter of the Women’s Sports Foundation and remains dedicated to promoting women’s soccer in Mexico.
Soccer Studio Analyst at FOX Sports
Areas of Expertise: Women’s Soccer, World Cup, Mexican Soccer
Goff’s approach to bias explores the ways in which racial prejudice is not necessarily a precondition for racial discrimination; he looks at the contextual factors that can produce racial inequity. He is the youngest member of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice advisory board for the Center on Race, Crime and Justice and has served as an expert witness in several high-profile cases. He has been recognized as a national leader in race and gender discrimination as well as an emerging leader in research on race, gender and policing.
Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise: Racial Bias, Discrimination, Intersections of Race and Gender, Crime and Justice, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Law Enforcement, Racial Profiling, Racial Anxiety, Gun Control, Policing, Prejudice, Microaggression, Black Male Achievement, Implicit Bias
Armando Fox is a professor of computer science at the University of California Berkeley. His focus is on online education, and he co-designed and co-taught Berkeley’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Engineering Software as a Service, which has certified more than 10,000 students.
Fox was honored as one of Scientific American’s “Top 50” researchers in 2003 for his work in software engineering and innovation, and was a keynote speaker for the 2013 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. In addition to his own personal blogging on the history of computing, cloud computing and software practice, Fox has appeared on WBUR’s On Point to discuss HealthCare.gov’s rocky rollout.
Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Expertise: Computer Engineering, Software, Cloud Computing, Computing and Society, Online Education, Computer Programming
Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.