Special Olympics World Summer Games - Los Angeles 2015

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The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games is under the leadership of talented men and women who are accomplished in their own fields, committed to their community and passionate about the vision of the Special Olympics movement.

Honorary Leadership

Board of Directors

Rob Friedman, Chairman

Co-Chair, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

Member, 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Board of Directors

Sherry Lansing

The Sherry Lansing Foundation

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Raul Anaya

President, Bank of America- Greater Los Angeles

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Cindy McCain

Chair Hensley Beverage Company

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Debi Anderson

Special Olympics Athlete since 1998

Special Olympics Southern California Global Messenger

Maidie Oliveau

Sports Counsel, Arent Fox LLP

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Rick Caruso

President & CEO, Caruso Affiliated

Member, University of Southern California Board of Trustees

William H. O'Brien

Senior Vice President, West Region Coca-Cola Refreshments

Region General Manager, West Region Coca-Cola Refreshments

Mark Davis

Chairman and CEO, Davis Elen Advertising

David O'Connor

Partner and Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency

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Anita DeFrantz

President, LA84 Foundation

Member, International Olympic Committee Executive Board

Dustin Plunkett

Special Olympics Athlete since 1996

International Special Olympics Global Messenger, 2007-2010

Donna De Varona

Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist

Member, Special Olympics International Board of Directors

Donna Pulini

Senior Business Development Manager, Aberdeen Asset Management, Inc.

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Edward Ellison, M.D.

Executive Medical Director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Chairman, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Susan Saint James

Actress

Former Member, Special Olympics International Board of Directors

Todd Goldstein

Chief Revenue Officer, AEG

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Barry Sanders

President, Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners

Chairman, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games

Rafer Johnson

Olympic Gold Medalist

Founder, Special Olympics Southern California

David Simon

President, Los Angeles Sports Council

President, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games

Michelle Kerrick

Managing Partner, Los Angeles Practice, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Board of Directors

Bryan G. Stockton

Chairman and CEO, Mattel, Inc.

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Andy Knox

Managing Director, RSR Partners

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Richard L. Van Kirk

President Emeritus, Special Olympics Southern California

Games Organizing Committee

2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee, Inc. (GOC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of California. The following are the founding directors and leaders of the organization.

Bid Committee

The honor of being awarded the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games was the result of a dedicated and inspired effort by community, business, education and government leaders representing Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. The following is a list of those who gave of their time and resources to serve on the 2015 Los Angeles Bid Committee. Members are listed alphabetically.

Patrick McClenahan, Chairman

Chairman, Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors

Member, LA84 Foundation Board of Directors

Roberta Abner

Chief, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Member, Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors

Bill Allen

President & CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

CEO, World Trade Center Association Los Angeles – Long Beach

Debi Anderson

Special Olympics Athlete since 1998

Special Olympics Southern California Global Messenger

Gene D. Block

Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles

Distinguished Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Rick Caruso

President & CEO, Caruso Affiliated

Member, University of Southern California Board of Trustees

Leo Chu

President, Hollywood Park Casino

Member, Special Olympics Southern California Board of Governors

Anita DeFrantz

President, LA84 Foundation

Member, International Olympic Committee Executive Board

Rob Friedman

Co-Chair, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

Member, 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Board of Directors

Wendy Greuel

Controller, City of Los Angeles

Commissioner, California Film Commission

Stephanie Hardy

Special Olympics Athlete since 1977

World Summer Games Athlete: Dublin 2003, 3 Gold Medals in Equestrian

Paul Hoffman

Special Olympics Athletic since 1986

3-Time World Summer Games Athlete: 1987, 1991, 1999

Rafer Johnson

Olympic Gold Medalist

Founder, Special Olympics Southern California

Michelle Kerrick

Managing Partner, Los Angeles Practice, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Board of Directors

Don Knabe

Supervisor, County of Los Angeles

Chairman, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors

Mark Liberman

President & CEO, LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau

Member, California Travel and Tourism Commission

C. L. Max Nikias

President, University of Southern California

Robert C. Packard President’s Chair

Maidie Oliveau

Sports Counsel, Arent Fox LLP

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Dustin Plunkett

Special Olympics Athlete since 1996

International Special Olympics Global Messenger, 2007-2010

Barry Sanders

President, Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners

Chairman, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games

Kathryn Schloessman

President, LA Sports & Entertainment Commission

Member, USC Sports Business Institute Advisory Board

Bill Shumard

President & CEO, Special Olympics Southern California

Member, Los Angeles Sports Council Board of Directors

David Simon

President, Los Angeles Sports Council

President, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games

Gary Toebben

President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Member, American Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Trustees

Antonio Villaraigosa

Mayor, City of Los Angeles, CA (2005-2013)

Member, California State Assembly, 1994-2000 (elected Speaker in 1998)