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 — have presided over equally distinguished groups.

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, Dr. Ralph Rossum, and Professor Helene Smookler.


Darryl R. Wold ’63 – Chairman
Attorney at Law

Shannon L. Kelly ’92 – Vice-Chair
Vice President – West Region, 21st Century Insurance

Richard J. Romero ’89 – Vice-Chair
President, Oremor Management and Investment Company

Brandon R. Birtcher ’76
President, Birtcher Development & Investment, LLC

W. Richard Cramer ’53
CFO, Star Milling Company

Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr.
San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk

Nohemi Gutierrez-Ferguson ’82
Partner, Gutierrez, Preciado & House, LLP

Robert M. Hertzberg
Former Speaker of the California Assembly
Partner, Mayer Brown, LLP

Robert W. Howard ’55
Partner, Howard & Howard, Inc.

J. Edward Kerley ’87
Hereford Kerley, LLP

Marguerite M. Leoni
Attorney, Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller, and Naylor, LLP

Allan G. Lunsford
President, The Lunsford Group

T. Anthony Quinn

Raymond Remy ’59
President, R.R. Consulting

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

Frank G. Tripepi P’96
President & CEO, Willdan Financial Services


Pamela Brooks Gann
President, Claremont McKenna College

Hillary Appel
Associate Dean of the Faculty & Director of Research and Research Institutes
Claremont McKenna College

Andrew E. Busch
Director, Rose Institute of State & Local Government


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

Buzz Woolley ’59
President, Girard Capital, Inc.


D. Alan Heslop
Director Emeritus, Rose Institute

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