Officers, Directors, & Staff
The Sports Council is made up of individual and corporate members and is guided by a Board of Directors under the direction of Chair Tony Sciarrino and President David Simon.
The Sports Council itself was an outgrowth of the success of the 1984 Olympic Games, where Simon served as a Vice President and Sports Council Founding Chairman John C. Argue as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.
Argue became chairman and Simon was named president when the Sports Council was incorporated in 1988, and Argue continued as chairman until his death in 2002. He was then replaced by Alan Rothenberg. Scott London succeeded Rothenberg.
Karen Brodkin, who became the first woman to hold the position, served from 2013-17. Current chair Tony Sciarrino was elected in October 2017.
Chair: Tony Sciarrino
California Segment Head
Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries
JP Morgan Chase
In October 2017, Tony Sciarrino was elected Chairman of the Sports Council, succeeding Karen Brodkin (2013-17) and becoming only the fifth person to hold the title of Chairman since the inception of the Sports Council in 1988.
Sciarrino previously served as a Vice-Chair on the Sports Council’s 78-member Board.
Tony is the California segment head for Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries (MMBSI) business for JP Morgan Chase. He is responsible for leading a team of commercial bankers in California, delivering the firm’s global capabilities to local clients to help them achieve their goals – including Treasury Services, Asset Management, Credit and Investment Banking – and growing the MMBSI business in the state.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from the University of San Diego.
Sciarrino resides in Manhattan Beach with his wife Christine and three children, where he enjoys being actively involved in youth sports.
VICE-CHAIR & TREASURER:
Daniel M. Hartman
Dave Klewan, General Manager, Genesis Open, Tiger Woods Foundation
Robert D. Thun, Senior Vice President, AT&T Entertainment Group
Alan I. Rothenberg, Chairman, 1st Century Bank
Karen Brodkin, EVP, Content Strategy & Development Endeavor
Daniel Finnerty, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Spectrum Sports Networks
Anita L. DeFrantz, Vice President and Executive Board Member, International Olympic Committee
PRESIDENT & CEO: David Siegel
David joined the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games as President and Chief Executive Officer of both organizations in December 2018 after a 22-year career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. With the Dodgers, he worked in every revenue producing department, most recently as Vice President of Global Partnerships, after spending 10 years as the Vice President of Ticket Sales. Under his leadership, the Dodgers achieved the highest attendance in Major League Baseball for five consecutive seasons.
David is a leading expert in sports marketing, ticket policy, pricing and promotion, as well the development of unique product offerings. He frequently shares his expertise, delivering presentations and lectures at industry events and meetings, in addition to university undergraduate and graduate sports business programs.
David also serves as a Director for Team Prime Time, a non-profit program for at-risk children from low-income areas of Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, where he played on the school’s nationally ranked baseball team.
Senior Advisor: David Simon
David Simon served as the Founding President of the Sports Council from 1988 until his retirement in 2018, Under his leadership the organization attracted events to Southern California with an economic impact of more than $1 billion, launched the annual LA Sports Awards show (now in its 14th year) and created programs which provided thousands of underprivileged local youngsters with the opportunity to attend college and professional sporting events.
He continues to support the Sports Council on a project basis. He also holds the positions of Vice President of the World Union of Olympic Cities and Co-Chair of CityAccord at the annual SportAccord Convention.
Sports Council directors are elected for a period of two years and are selected from the business and sports community in Southern California. Sports Council directors also serve on the Sports Council Foundation.
Dave Allen, President, Auto Club Speedway
Lindsay Amstutz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports Sand Diego | Prime Ticket
Joshua E. Anderson, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Dan Beckerman, President & CEO, AEG
John F. Boyle, President & CEO, Automobile Club of Southern California
Rich L. Brand, Managing Partner, San Francisco, Arent Fox LLP
Rhonda J. Brauer, RBrauer Consulting
Christopher D. Brearton, Chief Operating Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Jeanie Buss, President, Business Operations, Los Angeles Lakers
Jack Caress, President & CEO, Pacific Sports LLC
Fred Claire, Board of Directors, Rose Bowl Operating Company
Dale Coleman, Vice President, Fairplex
Judi M. Cordray, Vice President/General Manager, ESPN
Ed DeFraine, Vice President Food Service and On-Premise, Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling
Kevin Demoff, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Los Angeles Rams
Michelle DeMott, Southwest/LA Regional Marketing Manager, CLIF Bar & Company
*Ann Meyers Drysdale, Broadcaster, ESPN
Nicole Duckett, General Counsel & Vice President, Los Angeles Clippers
James L. Easton, Honorary Member of the IOC
*Janet Evans-Wilson, LA 2028
Dennis A. Farrell, Commissioner, Big West Conference
*Lisa Fernandez, Assistant Softball Coach, UCLA
Robert French, Director-Regional Sales, United Airlines
Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO, World Surf League
Daniel G. Guerrero, Director of Athletics, UCLA
Russell A. Hagey, Partner & Managing Director, Bain & Company, Inc.
Jeffrey M. Hill, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
*Rafer Johnson, Founding Chair, Special Olympics Southern California
Dave Klewan, General Manager, Tiger Woods Foundation and Genesis Open
Andrew W. Knox, Managing Director, Chelsea Partners
Dennis Kuhl, Chairman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Craig Levra, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwill Southern California
Seth Makowsky, CEO of Makowsky Group / CEO of Poison Pawn
Jeffrey Marks, CEO, Innovative Partnerships Group
Marla Messing, CEO, USTA Southern California/Los Angeles Tennis Center Southern California Tennis Association
Craig Levra, CEO, Goodwill Southern California
*John Moffet, President, Southern California Olympians & Paralympians Assn.
Robert F. Murray, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Anaheim Ducks
*John Naber, Naber & Associates
Thomas G. Nussbaum, Audit Partner, KPMG LLP
*Apolo Anton Ohno
Bryan Palbaum, President & COO, Trader Joe’s Company
Gerald S. Papazian, Managing Director, Fountainhead Associates, Inc.
Joan A. Payden, President & CEO, Payden & Rygel
Tom Penn, President & Owner, Los Angeles Football Club
Greg Penske, President & CEO, Penske Motor Group
Richard B. Perelman, President, Perelman, Pioneer & Co.
Bruce Ramer, Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc.
Murphy Reinschreiber, Chief Operating Officer, Conqur Endurance Group
David B. Rogers
Rick Rosas, Tax Partner, Entertainment Media, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Lon Rosen, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers
Tim J. Ryan, President & CEO, Honda Center
Maria S. Salinas, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
J. Eugene Salomon, Jr., Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc.
Frank M. Sanchez, Owner/Operator, McDonald's Restaurants
Barry A. Sanders, Immediate Past Chair, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games
Eric W. Schreiner, Executive Vice President, AECOM HUNT/AECOM TISHMAN
Bill Shumard, President & CEO, Special Olympics Southern California
Renata Simril, President CEO, LA84 Foundation
A.G Spanos, President of Business Operations, Los Angeles Chargers
Amy K. Stanton, Founder & CEO, Stanton & Company, LLC
Daniel R. Stimmler, Chief Operating Officer, L.A. Memorial Coliseum
William E. Thomson, Jr., Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
Ronald F. Turner, Principal, Director|Sports, Gensler Sports
David C. Ulich, President, Foundation for Global Sports Development
* = Olympian
Robert S. Rollo, Heidrick & Struggles (Ret.)
Ex-officio members of the Board include:
Gene D. Block, Chancellor, UCLA
Richard J. Foster, Past President, U.S. Aquatic Sports
Franklin R. Johnson, Board Member, International Tennis Federation
David Siegel, President & CEO
David Simon, Senior Advisor
Mona Green, Executive Assistant