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.

Current Officers:

 
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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

VICE-CHAIRS:

Dave Klewan, General Manager, Genesis Open, Tiger Woods Foundation

Robert D. Thun, Senior Vice President, AT&T Entertainment Group

PAST CHAIRS:

Alan I. Rothenberg, Chairman, 1st Century Bank

Karen Brodkin, EVP, Content Strategy & Development Endeavor

CORPORATE SECRETARY:

Daniel Finnerty, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Spectrum Sports Networks

HONORARY MEMBER:

Anita L. DeFrantz, Vice President and Executive Board Member, International Olympic Committee

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 

Directors:

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

Emeritus Member:

  • 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

 

Staff:

  • David Siegel, President & CEO

  • David Simon, Senior Advisor

  • Mona Green, Executive Assistant