grant making and grant monitoring, primarily in
the areas of affordable housing and community economic development.
With a resume focused on philanthropic and
community foundations, she said her background is one of community
support and helping people gain access to available resources.
"I was interested in the board of governors,"
she said, "because I'm open to working at the state level and
given my background, I'd like to look at how the law can support
community economic development and handle broadly focused cases with
Asked how the bar can be involved in such
efforts, Walker said, "That's something I want to learn about.
I'm sure there's a strong volunteer component."
Raised in New Orleans, Walker attended the
University of Pennsylvania and came west 10 years ago. She has
worked at the National Economic Development and Law Center,
the Miriam and Peter Haas Fund, and the PowerUP Foundation,
and served on the boards of The Women's Foundation, South of
Market Child Care Inc. and the Women's Community Revitalization
She received a masters in public administration
from the University of San Francisco in 1998.
Greenebaum, 53, has been the western regional
director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC)
for 10 years and is a leading authority in public policy
development and advocacy in urban and international affairs. The AJC
is the oldest human relations organization in the U.S.
Greenebaum said his interest in the board of
governors "stems from a couple of things. First, as someone who's
a rabbi and runs a human relations organization, I have a deep
interest in law and how it helps to define our society and culture as
well as protect those who need protection.
"As well as I find lawyers to be very
interesting people with very interesting issues and perspectives. They
are some of the best-informed members of our society, and contrary to
a myriad of jokes out there, I think for the most part they're
serious and productive citizens."
Although Greenebaum said he joins the board with
no particular agenda, he is interested in issues of representing the
indigent and improving understanding between and among groups in
As an authority in inter-ethnic relations and
police reform, Greenebaum was appointed president of the Los Angeles
Board of Police Commissioners by then-Mayor Richard Riordan. He
currently serves as an advisor to the legislature's Joint Committee
on Preparing California for the 21st Century and is on the boards of
the Jewish Labor Committee and the Multi-Cultural Collaborative.
Prior to joining the AJC, Greenebaum was
director of Hillel, which operates Jew-ish campus ministries,
in San Francisco, and had a congregation before that. He holds
a degree in English from the University of California at Irvine
and master's degrees in Hebrew Letters and in Jewish Communal
Service from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Greenebaum and Rouzan crossed paths briefly about
10 years ago when Rouzan was executive director of the police
commission. With 40 years of experience in city administration and law
enforcement, Rouzan, 69, has been the city administrator for Inglewood
since 1998, following stints as assistant city manager and police
He also served as the deputy city manager for
Long Beach and city manager for Compton. He was chief law enforcement
and security consultant for the Los Angeles Airport from 1986 to 1991,
Compton police chief from 1976 to 1981 and was an officer for the Los
Angeles Police Department for nearly 20 years, eventually rising to
the rank of captain.
Like Walker, Rouzan is a native of New Orleans
but grew up in Los Angeles where his father was a jazz musician
who became a painter for the LAPD. He earned both a Bachelor
of Arts and an MBA at Pepperdine University, where he wrote
his thesis on the recruitment of minorities and women by the
police department. At the time, LAPD was under a federal court
order to improve its recruitment efforts, and then-Chief Ed
Davis appointed Rouzan to lead the project.
After attending one meeting of the board of
governors, Rouzan said, "I'm very impressed with the areas of
responsibility and the duties they have."
He said he is interested in the bar's budget
process and was appointed to the budget oversight committee, and as a
former police officer is naturally interested in the bar's
He and his wife, Marlene, have two sons and a
daughter, and seven grandchildren.