• Board of Directors


  • Arthur Alderete
    Realtor
    Re/Max International
     

  • Paulette Lombardi-Fries
    President
    Travel Costa Mesa
     

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  • Todd Priest
    President
    Todd Priest & Associates
     

  • Phillip Patterson, Director of Sales, Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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  • Ken Karns
    CFE - Chief Operating Officer
    OC Fair & Event Center

     

  • James R. Fisler
    Board Member
    Mesa Water District
     

  • Kimberley Layton
    Vice President of External Affairs 
    Los Angeles Chargers
     

  • Nick Peterson
    Financial Advisor
    Edward Jones
     

  • David Vazquez
    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    Vanguard University
     

  • Tim Wigmore
    Owner 
    Wigmore Insurance Agency Inc
     

  • Jennifer Farrell, Attorney, Rutan & Tucker

    Ms. Farrell is partner in the firm's Government & Regulatory Law Section, where she specializes in a wide range of litigation and transactional matters relating to municipal governments and special districts.

    Ms. Farrell currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Dana Point and Twentynine Palms, and Assistant General Counsel for the Morongo Basin Transit Authority. Ms. Farrell also previously served as Interim Assistant City Attorney for the City of Calexico. In these roles, she regularly attends planning commission, city council, and district meetings and advises these entities on a host of legal issues ranging from the Brown Act to the Public Records Act to the California Environmental Quality Act. Ms. Farrell has also acted as special counsel for a number of government entities including but not limited to the cities of Costa Mesa, Novato, Loma Linda, the County of Fresno and Mesa Water District. In this capacity, she has not only handled litigation matters, but also has advised the entities on a variety of different areas of the law.

    In addition, Ms. Farrell has successfully handled numerous complex litigation matters on behalf of government entities. These cases include litigation relating to election challenges, land use and zoning laws, medical marijuana dispensaries, the scope and jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission, the dissolution of redevelopment agencies post AB 1x26, housing element law, and property tax allocations. She regularly handles cases before the California Court of Appeal, and in 2011, appeared before the California Supreme Court in a case involving the proper method by which to appeal a city council issued legislative subpoena. Ms. Farrell has also handled several cases involving the appointment of a receiver to oversee the rehabilitation of substandard properties. (City of Dana Point v. Finnegan (Case No. G05115500); City of Dana Point v. Stahl (Case No. 30-2012-00588176.) Not only did Ms. Farrell successfully persuade the court to appoint receivers in both cases, but she also was able to recover the full amount of attorneys’ fees spent by the City in seeking those appointments. Recently, among other matters, Ms. Farrell is assisting the City of Twentynine Palms in using former redevelopment agency bond proceeds to acquire property as well as other financing sources to construct a revitalized downtown area, commonly referred to as “Project Phoenix.” As part of her work with the City, she helped guide the City through a complex Local Agency Formation Commission process, whereby the fire protection authority was transferred from the Twentynine Palms Water District to the County, in order to ensure a sustainable funding mechanism for ongoing fire protection service in the region.

    Ms. Farrell also serves as Chairwoman of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Raise Foundation, Coast Community College District Foundation, and Costa Mesa High School Foundation


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