Board of Governors

From the beginning, the Rose Institute was fortunate to have the guidance of a strong Board of Governors. Edessa Rose, Jon Lovelace, Billy Mills, and Mildred Younger were among the first members of the Board under the chairmanship of Robert Finch. Later chairs — Don Henriksen, Bob Howard, Brandy Birtcher, Al Lunsford, Darryl Wold, and Ray Remy — have presided over equally distinguished groups.

Early Rose students work on redistricting maps

The Board of Trustees and the administration of Claremont McKenna have always given strong support to the academic freedom of the Institute and its researchers. Despite the controversial character of some research — for example, the work on redistricting reform, which was heavily opposed by various politicians, and on Orange County’s finances, which was sharply contested by County officials — the president and trustees have stood behind our work.

The director of the Rose Institute reports to the Vice President of Research at Claremont McKenna College. Several distinguished individuals have held this position: Dixon Arnett, Jim Jamieson, Don Henriksen, Mark Blitz, and Jerome Garris. The administration of the Institute itself has involved Dr. Florence Adams, Professor George Blair, Dr. Alan Heslop, Dr. Thomas B. Hofeller, Professor Helene Smookler, and Dr. Ralph Rossum.


Cole Burr, President, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.

Gregory C. Devereaux, CEO, San Bernardino County (Retired)

Deborah Gonzalez ’85, Director of Government Affairs, Public Policy Institute of California

The Hon. Robert M. Hertzberg, State Senator, California District 18

Robert W. Howard ’55, Real Estate Consultant, Howard & Howard, Inc.

Marguerite M. Leoni, Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP

Scott W. Ochoa ’93, City Manager, City of Ontario

Henry A. Olsen III ’83, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Richard J. Romero ’89, President, Oremor Management and Investment Co.

Christopher E. Skinnell ’99, Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP

Ryder Todd Smith ’96, President, Tripepi Smith (VICE CHAIRMAN)

Christopher J. Townsend ’82, President, Townsend Public Affairs, Inc.

Frank G. Tripepi P’96, Senior Vice President, Willdan Group, Inc.

Wayne D. Wedin, President, Wedin Enterprises, Inc.

Jessica Witt ’00, Director, Government and Community Relations, County of Orange

Scott L. Woolley ’92, Technology and Business Writer

Darryl R. Wold ’63, Former Chairman, Federal Election Commission



Hiram Chodosh, President, Claremont McKenna College

Shana Levin, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Claremont McKenna College

Andrew E. Busch, Director, Rose Institute, Claremont McKenna College

Jacinth K. Sohi ’11, President, Rose Institute Alumni Society



Jack L. Stark ’57, President Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College

Ralph B. “Buzz” Woolley, Jr. ’59, President, Girard Capital, Inc.



D. Alan Heslop, Founding Director, Rose Institute



Last updated April 15, 2019