2024 Board of Directors
- Margaret Sabbag, ChairCommunity VolunteerRead Biography
- Koko ArchibongVP and Private Wealth Advisor, Capital Group Private Client ServicesRead Biography
- David BeringerPresident & Founder, The Beringer GroupRead Biography
- Bill BogaardFormer Mayor of PasadenaRead Biography
- Frank CardenasAttorney, Private Consultant, & EducatorRead Biography
- Scott ChristopherManaging Director, J.P. MorganRead Biography
- Phyllis CrandonRetired, Senior Private Banker Wells Fargo & Community VolunteerRead Biography
- K. George DulgeryanVice President & Banker, Pasadena office of J.P. Morgan Private BankRead Biography
- Sandra EllChief Investment Officer, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology & Community VolunteerRead Biography
- Priscilla GambRetired Director of Volunteer & Customer Services, Huntington HospitalRead Biography
- Tracy S. McCormickCFO, Mill Creek Development CompanyRead Biography
- Greta Johnson Mandell, M.D.Retired Psychiatrist and Cultural Code ReaderRead Biography
- J. Scott NesbitRetired CEO of Rockpoint LandRead Biography
- Gloria PitzerTrusts & Estates AttorneyRead Biography
- Nicholas RodriguezAssistant City Manager, City of PasadenaRead Biography
- Uma ShrivastavaRetired Bank of America Senior Vice President, Entrepreneur, and Community LeaderRead Biography
- Sonia SinglaChief Administrative Officer, Evolution Research GroupRead Biography
- Armineh Tavitian, M.D.Community Health ExpertRead Biography
- Alex WeiCEO, Title 24 Design Inc.Read Biography
Maggie grew up in the Pasadena area, attending Gooden and Polytechnic Schools. She received a BA In Soviet/Russian Studies from Princeton University and a Masters in International Economic Policy from Columbia University. Following college, Maggie worked in New York City in emerging markets investment banking, focusing on the former Soviet Union. She moved to Moscow full time in 1994 as an advisor for the Central Asian Investment Company, a US-UK private equity fund aimed at identifying opportunities in the newly independent Central Asian Republics. After earning her Masters, Maggie moved back to Los Angeles, where she served as the Sovereign Analyst, following economic and political country risk, for the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Group at TCW.
In 2001, Maggie met Ken, an orthopedic hand surgeon from Boston, and they moved to Pasadena in 2005. Since then, Maggie has focused on raising their three daughters and serving in a wide variety of school and other volunteer roles. She currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Polytechnic School and the Gooden School, and is an active member of American Women for International Understanding.
Koko Archibong is the Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor at Capital Group Private Client Services, one of the world’s oldest and largest investment management organizations. He started there in 2015 as Senior Client Relationship Associate, and since 2018, he has served in his current role. Koko spent his younger years as a professional basketball player both with the NBA here in the U.S., as well as with teams in France, Germany, and Poland. He finished his basketball career playing for Team Nigeria in the 2012 London Olympics. He then focused his athletic skills to training young players: He founded Triple Threat Training, a lifestyle company providing basketball skills training to young adults. From there, he served as Assistant Athletic Director of Polytechnic School, his alma mater, from 2013-2015.
A passion for giving back led Koko to charitable work and ultimately, to Pasadena Community Foundation. “I am from Pasadena, this is my city, being able to help here was a big draw.” Seeing PCF spring into action at the onset of COVID-19 impressed Koko and let to his decision to join the Board. “I am proud to be part of an organization that was ready. They jumped in as sprinters, and now they’re running the marathon to help sustain our community.”
Outside of work, Koko loves to travel with his family: his wife, who is from Germany and an RN in psychiatry, and their young son, a student at Poly. He is an avid reader and music lover.
David is the President and Founder of The Beringer Group, a full-service CPA firm in Pasadena. He has over 35 years of experience in public practice, providing tax, accounting, attest and consulting services to a broad range of clients from all industries. He also has unique background and knowledge in estate and trust tax and administration, and devotes a significant part of his practice serving as a private fiduciary.
Born and raised in Pasadena, David earned his degree in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an active member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the California Society of CPAs. David is also a Business Advisory Member at the John Muir High School Business Academy. This is his second time on the PCF Board, having previously served from 1998 to 2007.
In 1999, Bill became Pasadena’s first directly elected mayor and served for four 4-year terms. During those years, he is proud of helping to strengthen the infrastructure of Pasadena, including the seismic rehabilitation of City Hall, expansion of the Convention Center, and major renovation of the Rose Bowl, involving investment of over $1 billion. He also served on the City Council from 1978 to 1986, including service as mayor from 1984-1986. Prior to his election in 1999, Bill was Executive VP and General Counsel of First Interstate Bancorp, a financial services company, directing the Company’s legal and legislative activities.
Bill and his wife Claire have been actively involved with Pasadena since moving here in the 1970s. In addition to his work with the community foundation, Bill serves on the Huntington Hospital Board and as chairman of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a technology enterprise incubator for Life Sciences startups and a workforce development program. He and Claire are also the proud parents of four amazing kids.
Frank Cardenas received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California. After beginning his legal career in the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers, his solo practice has focused on the areas of business, administrative, and public law.
His long record of government service includes membership on the boards of the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Public Works in the City of Los Angeles. He also served as Chief of Staff and Executive Officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Frank was then retained by the City of Los Angeles to manage the 2002 City Council redistricting process as executive director. He recently completed a term on the California Fair Political Practices Commission as an appointee of Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
As a community advocate, Mr. Cardenas has previously served on the boards of the Single-Room Occupancy Corp., addressing issues relating to homelessness in downtown Los Angeles; the California League of Conservation Voters; and Big Sisters of Los Angeles. He recently completed a two-year term as board chair of the South Pasadena-San Marino YMCA.
As an educator, Frank’s undergraduate and graduate courses in the College of Business and Economics at California State University Los Angeles deal with corporate governance, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, climate change, and the history of Western economic thought.
Frank lives in South Pasadena with his wife, Rosalina, their three children Julian, Nicolas, and Jacqueline, and their dog, Amber.
Scott Christopher is a managing director at J.P. Morgan, where he has worked for 29 years. He and his wife Allison are longtime residents of La Canada. Their two children, Andrew, 28, and Lauren, 25, attended Polytechnic School, and now live in Washington, D.C.
Scott was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Southern California, and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he majored in economics and sociology. After graduating from college, he earned a master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In addition to his financial expertise, Scott brings to the PCF Board a deep knowledge of the role of community foundations, having served for many years as a member of the committee advising the Warren Christopher Scholarship Fund, a fund of the California Community Foundation. The scholarship program was created in honor of Scott’s father, Warren Christopher, the former U.S. Secretary of State. It provides college scholarships every year to 15 outstanding tenth grade students from the Los Angeles Unified School District, all from low-income backgrounds and facing profound challenges in their schools and communities.
In addition to his work with the Christopher Scholars, Scott served on the Board of Directors of Polytechnic School for five years, and has been a member of Poly’s investment committee for 20 years.
Phyllis recently retired after working in the Financial Services Industry for more than 35 years, mostly recently as a Senior Private Banker for the Pasadena Office of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Phyllis was Senior Vice President at U.S. Trust, Bank of America.
Over the past 35 years, Phyllis has been actively involved with a number of local business and philanthropic organizations, including the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council, the Fiduciary Roundtable of San Gabriel Valley, and the Huntington Library Planned Giving Committee. When the opportunity came along for Phyllis to join the PCF Board, she immediately said yes. “It gives me the opportunity to be part of a wonderful team and to be able to give back to Pasadena, a place that has given so much to my family,” explained Phyllis.
K. George Dulgeryan is a Vice President and Banker in the Pasadena office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He provides sophisticated wealth management advice to highly successful individuals, entrepreneurs, and multi-generational families. His expertise includes investments, taxation, charitable giving, and legacy planning. Before joining J.P. Morgan, George was the Director of Planned Giving at the California Community Foundation (CCF), where he advised families, businesses, and donors on charitable planning strategies. Previously, George was a Senior Tax Consultant at Deloitte Tax LLP, representing individuals and businesses in tax controversy and planning matters. George’s volunteers with nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting children and individuals in the fields of education, art, science, and technology. He has also mentored several students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. George earned his B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a J.D. and Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from Loyola Law School. He lives in Glendale with his wife, Laila, and son.
Sandra spent 25 years of her career at the California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”) in finance and investment management. In 1998, she was promoted to Chief Investment Officer by Caltech’s Board of Trustees and served until October 2010.
As Chief Investment Officer, Sandra managed approximately $2 billion in investment funds, the university’s real estate portfolio and a staff of investment professionals. Previously Sandra was an auditor at the IRS and the U.S. General Accounting Office, providing audit and investigative services to Congress.
Sandra has long volunteered her time to civic and philanthropic organizations. She is a member of the Finance and Investment Committees of the boards of trustees at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts where she is Chair of the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Investment Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
In addition, she serves as a mentor and judge in USC’s Greif Marshall School of Business Entrepreneurship’s seed venture competitions, and the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Entrepreneurial business competitions.
Sandra grew up in Pasadena and after spending a number of years in Rome, Italy working in a publishing house returned to the Pasadena area where she raised her family.
She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended the Stanford University Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy on a fellowship.
Raised in Pasadena, Priscilla has served in the community as a teacher and vice-principal. Volunteerism is important to Priscilla and she’s served in many capacities for local organizations, including President of the Board of both Young & Healthy and the Pasadena Child Health Foundation; she is currently on the board of Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School and the Huntington Health Physician Board of Directors. Priscilla also served as Director of Volunteer & Customer Services for more than 27 years at Huntington Hospital where she administered over 100 volunteer hospital programs utilizing 1400+ volunteers, as well as administering the patient satisfaction program.
Priscilla and her husband Jim, himself a former PCF Board Chair, have two children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Seattle.
Tracy S. McCormick is the Chief Financial Officer of Mill Creek Development Company in Pasadena, California, an urban planning and development company with three projects under construction in the Playhouse Village.
Raised in the Midwest, Tracy serves as Lead Director on the board of MidWest One Financial Group, a community bank headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa. She is also a member of the board of directors of Folience, Inc., an ESOP-owned holding company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tracy spent 18 years with J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc., where she worked in investment banking and mergers & acquisitions, focusing primarily on the media and entertainment industries. She began her career with Morgan in New York and worked in the firm’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices. She received a B.A. in Economics and Communications from the University of Michigan and a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Tracy’s nonprofit work currently includes serving as Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.
She resides in Pasadena, California with her husband Ken and the youngest of their four children. The older three are launched in life and reside in New York, Pasadena, and San Francisco.
Greta Johnson Mandell was born in Brooklyn Borough, New York, New York, and moved to California with her family in 1954, where she attended public schools in Compton. She enrolled at Occidental College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, and soon after, earned a Medical Doctorate from the USC School of Medicine. She undertook her Residency in Child and Adult Psychiatry, LAC-USC and Augustus F. Hawkins psychiatric hospitals between 1979 and 1985, thus starting her long career in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric evaluation, as well as holistic and alternative general medical care and pain management. Greta retired in 2019.
With a tandem passion for art and fashion, Greta earned a Certification in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in 1987. She recognized that fashion was a natural fit with her psychiatric background and her professional research in artistic expression and meaning, noting that fashion art is a form of communication and visual presentation. Clothing helps tell a person’s story, and Greta relished the practice of applying observational technique to examine the cultural production of humans’ everyday lives; she is proud of her unique skills as a “cultural code reader.”
Greta’s philanthropic leadership in Pasadena is impressive. She has served on the Advisory Board for Pasadena Symphony, POPS, and Youth Orchestras, 2014-present; she was a Founding Member of the Theatrical Diversity Project, Pasadena Playhouse, where she also was on the Advisory Committee to the Board, and currently serves as a member of the Diversity Committee. From 2007-2010, she was a Board member at Theatre at Boston Court, and is a Trustee at Occidental College since 2015. Greta is also the Founder and Director of the Compton Arts Council, a nonprofit arts support organization. She credits her early years in the church and the practice of tithing for shaping her passion for philanthropy and her sense of abundance. “I learned very early that I always had enough to give to someone somewhere and somehow.” Greta lives in Altadena with her husband, Peter Mandell, a CPA.
Scott Nesbit was born in Northern California in the East Bay region and attended University of California, Berkeley, followed by UCLA, where he earned his MBA in 1978. He lived with his family in San Marino and then moved to La Canada, where he still resides with his wife Julie Nesbit, who heads Philanthropic Services for Whittier Trust Company. Together they have a blended family of five children, ranging in ages 27 to 33 years old.
He started his career as Assistant Vice President at Union Bank, and not long after, he started as leasing agent for Trammell Crow Commercial Company. There he became the Managing Director in charge of the Southern California Region. By the mid-1990s, he worked in acquisitions for Westbrook Partners and in 1997, became CEO of Terrabrook, which was a captive residential land development subsidiary of Westbrook Partners. From 2005-2013, Scott was the CEO of Rockpoint Land, a captive residential land development subsidiary of Rockpoint Group.
Scott became interested in Pasadena Community Foundation after seeing firsthand its assistance to Cancer Support Community, where he has served as a Board member, including three years as Treasurer. He was a Director of the Los Angeles County Fire Department First Responders’ College Fund, a Trustee of the San Marino School Foundation, and served both on the San Marino Little League Board and the Boy Scout Troop #355 Board. He is eager to support students and scholarships while serving on the PCF Board and assisting in the efforts to address homelessness.
Gloria brings significant legal expertise to the Pasadena Community Foundation Board. Her practice includes Estate Planning, Probate Administration, Mediation and Trust Administration. Gloria is incredibly active in the community. At Huntington Hospital, Gloria is the Chair of the Planned Giving Council, and served formerly on the Senior Care Advisory Network. Gloria is a Trustee of the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council, and former Board President of the University Club of Pasadena. She is also President elect of the Pasadena Bar Association Board, on the PCC College Foundation Board, and on various subcommittees at Union Station Homeless Services, having served previously as board chair, on the Advisory Board of the Child Health Foundation, and on numerous committees at All Saints Church, including co-chairing the search committee for the new Rector.
Gloria’s husband, Don, was an engineer as part of the Deep Space team at Caltech. Her son, Ben, is a CPA in Santa Monica. Gloria is a returning PCF Board member.
In 1989, Nick became Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pasadena, where he worked for more than two decades, eventually becoming the Chief Assistant. As a City employee, he worked to help ensure that local government treated everyone equally and in a respectful way. After several years away, Nick has returned to the City of Pasadena and is presently serving as an Assistant City Manager.
He started volunteering at El Centro, a Pasadena nonprofit with which his mother was working, while he was still at Polytechnic High School. He returned to El Centro as a lawyer in 1977, and it became his full-time passion. While he was at El Centro, he applied for and received two grants from the Pasadena Community Foundation. He’s seen tremendous and positive change in the Pasadena community over the past 35 years, a community in which minorities and ethnicities now have meaningful roles in all levels of civic life. Nicholas is proud to be a member of the PCF Board “I am humbled to be part of an organization filled with such extraordinary people.”
A financial services executive whose professional banking career extended over 25 years, Uma Shrivastava is also an award-winning entrepreneur and an active participant in the nonprofit sector.
Uma was born in India and arrived in the United States in 1965. She moved to Pasadena in 1989 with her husband, Dr. Prakash Shrivastava, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, Radiation Oncology, USC Keck School of Medicine.
Most recently, Uma was the Senior Vice President at US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management, a role that followed prior positions that included Consumer Market Manager and Premier Banking Market Manager with Bank of America serving the Greater Los Angeles area.
Uma has owned two businesses during her career. She founded and managed a corporate travel agency for more than 20 years in Pittsburgh, PA., with prestigious clients such as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Locally, she founded La Cañada Books and Toys, a local retail store dedicated to offering educational books and toys for families in the community.
Uma was invited to join the Women at Work Board of Directors in 2008 and held many leadership positions during her tenure with the organization, including Chairperson of the Development Committee, member of the Governance Committee as Treasurer, as well as President of the Board of Directors. Other roles in the nonprofit sector include serving as the Treasurer of USC Medical Faculty and Friends Association, Board Member for La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Finance Committee for the League of Women Voters in Pasadena.
During her long professional and volunteer career, Uma has received numerous awards, most recently Businessperson of the Year from La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce in 2015. At Pasadena Community Foundation, she hopes to continue to advocate for women’s rights in the employment sector to realize their full earning and career potential.
After living for many years in La Cañada, Uma and her husband now reside in Altadena, CA. She has three children and is the proud grandmother of six. She loves travel, reading, the theater, Mah Jong, and bridge.
Sonia is a physician and scientist whose work focuses on the treatment of pain. Sonia served for nearly 20 years as Medical Director of Lotus Clinical Research, a scientific organization, co-founded by her and her husband in 2001, dedicated to improving experimental techniques in the field of pain management. She has served as an investigator in over 100 scientific studies and has authored multiple publications focused on the advancement of safer, more effective pain management drugs. Sonia also served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where she supervised the hospital’s research studies to ensure that patients’ rights and health were protected.
Sonia’s parents emigrated from India where Sonia’s father served in the Indian Army for over 15 years. They settled in Cleveland, Ohio and raised their three children. Sonia is incredibly proud of her parents and how they instilled in their children the fundamental values of how to achieve the American Dream: hard work, education, and civic engagement. Sonia is active in nonprofit work in the San Gabriel Valley, serving the Pasadena Village, Foothill Family, Cancer Support Community, Young & Healthy and the Pasadena Art Alliance. She and her husband have three children, and they love living in Pasadena.
Armineh Tavitian, M.D. has broad experience in community health services. After graduating from USC Keck School of Medicine in 1991, she began her career in private practice as an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist. After 12 years in private practice, she worked as Medical Director at Comprehensive Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing comprehensive primary care services to medically underserved residents of Los Angeles County. Since 2019, she is a Senior Advisor at Greg Facktor Associates, a healthcare consulting firm.
Armineh is an immigrant to the United States, born in Iran of Armenian descent. After the Iranian Revolution, her family moved to France, where she attended high school.
A resident of La Canada, Armineh and her husband, Ara, are the parents of two young-adult daughters. Despite her demanding professional work, she finds time to give back to her community. She has served as a volunteer with Reading Partners at Jackson Elementary in Altadena for five years, and as a member of the Grant Screening Committee of the Everychild Foundation for two years. From 2013-2018, she served on the Board of Trustees at Westridge School for Girls. On her free time, Armineh enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking and biking.
As a Pasadena Community Foundation Board Member, Armineh is looking forward to forwarding initiatives related to health and well being and early childhood education.
Alex Wei is an art director for film and television. He has worked with several acclaimed directors including Spike Lee (25th Hour), Ryan Murphy (Netflix series Ratched), and Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris (Ruby Sparks and Battle of the Sexes). In addition to feature films and episodic shows, he has art-directed hundreds of television commercial campaigns and has received multiple Art Directors Guild awards and nominations for his work. He is a member of the Art Directors Guild and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Alex graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in art history and a focus on architectural history. He began his career in photography and later studied stage design at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before entering the entertainment industry.
2024 Advisory Council
Ann Dobson Barrett
Robert E. Carlson
Ramon C. Cortines
R-Lene Mijares de Lang
James D. Gamb
G. Arnold Mulder
Fran N. Scoble
Michelle Tyson, M.D.