Board of Trustees

2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Lance Milken '94, Chair

Lance Milken ’94 is a Partner at Apollo Management where he has worked since 1998. Mr. Milken focuses on investments for Apollo’s private equity funds in the retail and restaurant sectors. Mr. Milken currently serves on the boards of directors of Claire’s Stores and CEC Entertainment and also serves as a member of the Milken Institute board of trustees. He founded the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken Institute in 2008 and has since grown membership chapters in six cities around the world. Mr. Milken graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS in Economics. He and his wife, Hillary, have three children, Maddie ’24, Spencer ‘27, and Alice.

Antonieta Arango, Vice Chair

Antonieta Arango and her husband, Javier, have one child at Brentwood (’19) and one at Harvard-Westlake (’16). A native from Venezuela, Antonieta graduated from Harvard University with an AB in Economics. After graduating, she worked as an Investment Analyst/Portfolio Manager at Capital Group in Los Angeles. Returning to academics, Antonieta graduated with an MA in Spanish Literature from UCLA, where she also taught Spanish and Literature. Antonieta’s passion for education led her to serve as a trustee of Value Schools, a non-profit organization with multiple charter schools, and as a member of the John Thomas Dye School’s parents association. She has also continued her involvement at Harvard University, becoming a member of the Dean’s Counsel and most recently, joining the Campaign Steering Committee. Antonieta is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the LA Philharmonic.

Brian Lee, Secretary

Ben Nazarian, Treasurer

Benjamin Nazarian is a Managing Partner at Omninet Capital, LLC, a private investment firm focused on real estate and venture investments. Mr. Nazarian received his Juris Doctorate from the Law Center at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Cum Laude, from the University of Southern California. He currently serves on the Board of the Law Center at the University of Southern California and the Independent School Alliance. Mr. Nazarian is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Erika Aronson

Erika Aronson Stern served as Executive Director of The EGL Charitable Foundation (previously the Gruss Lipper Foundation) in New York City for twelve years. In that capacity, Erika advised a multi-generational family office on philanthropic activities, synthesized Trustees’ philanthropic goals, worked to improve the Foundation’s complex structures and navigate the Foundation through a decade of changes in philanthropic oversight. Part of Erika’s responsibilities was developing innovative programs in targeted areas, one of which she still directs from California. The Gruss Lipper Postdoctoral Fellowship Program brings Israeli PhD candidates to US host labs to train in the biomedical sciences with an emphasis on international collaboration and scientific exploration. Prior to her time at EGL, Erika served as an Associate at OMELVENY and MYERS, LLP in New York.

Erika is also a Trustee at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association where she serves on the Development and Finance committees. She also previously served on the Board of Trustees for The Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY, and as a board member of The JCC in Manhattan, a community center and nursery school. Erika has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is married to Adam Stern. They live in Malibu with their three children, Ethan '18, Ella '21, and Lola '22.

Adam Cohn

Laura Dudley, Parents Association Chair, ex officio

Laura Dudley is the Chair of the Brentwood School Parents Association.

Calista Flockhart Ford

Irwin Gold

Irwin Gold is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Houlihan Lokey, and is global Co-Head of the firm’s Financial Restructuring Group, which he co-founded in 1988.Houlihan Lokey is an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring and valuation.The firm is ranked globally as the No.1 restructuring advisor, the No.1 M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 10 years, and the No.1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Houlihan Lokey has more than 900 employees in 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.Irwin has led many of the Financial Restructuring Group’s largest and most complex engagements, both in bankruptcy and out of court, including the restructurings of Charter Communications, WorldCom, Southern California Edison and Delta Air Lines.During his career at Houlihan Lokey, Irwin has consistently been recognized as one of the leading investment bankers in his field and has served on the boards of directors of numerous public companies. Irwin is a member of the International Insolvency Institute.

Irwin and his wife, MaryAnn, have been married for 10 years and have a 9-year old daughter, Lauren, who has just completed the 3rd Grade at BWS.The Golds support numerous causes in the areas of education, human services, the arts, the environment, and healthcare/medical research especially relating to childhood diseases, AIDS and cancer.Irwin enjoys skiing, mountain biking, golf and when he is willing to tempt fate, basketball.

Irwin holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University.

Thomas Gordon

In his role as Executive Vice President of Cedars-Sinai Health System, Thomas D. Gordon oversees the organization’s Medical Network of primary care and specialist physicians. One of Tom’s many roles is Chief Executive Officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Network Services.

Tom began his medical management career in 1988 as a consultant to the Medical Group of Beverly Hills. Within a year he became the group’s Chief Executive Officer. Five years later in 1993, Tom oversaw the medical group’s merger into the Cedars-Sinai Health System.

Tom obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. After graduating from UCLA, he pursued graduate studies in Business Administration, with an emphasis on management. During his professional career, Tom has enjoyed management responsibilities in such diverse industries as screen-printing, advertising, retail auto services and consulting. He founded and was a principal in a graphics company and, immediately before his affiliation with the Medical Group of Beverly Hills, he founded a management and marketing consulting firm.

Tom is dedicated to serving the entire health care community and sits on a variety of boards including the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), the Wilshire Foundation, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, LivHome, Inc., as well as the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation and Cedars-Sinai Medical Group. Tom is also an active member of the Medical Group Management Association and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Tom teaches a course on Integrated Health Systems in the Executive MPH Program, is a preceptor in the graduate program in Health Policy and Management, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Council for the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Andersen School of Business.

Tom has been a keynote speaker for many conferences and executive retreats at the local and national levels on topics related to leadership and management, change management, culture building, training and motivation, and managed care. Tom has been married for forty three years, has two married daughters and four grandchildren between the ages of twenty-one months and eight years old.

Jerry Greenberg

Jerry A. Greenberg is the co-founder and co-chairman of Sapient (NASDAQ:SAPE), and co-founder and ceo of Sushi Nozawa, LLC, which owns SUGARFISH.

Mr. Greenberg graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics, and currently lives in Santa Monica with his wife and three children.

Ryan Gutierrez

Scott Klein

Scott Klein is a founding partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Beach Point Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar alternative asset manager with offices in Santa Monica, New York and London. Scott has over 20 years of experience in managing high yield bonds, bank loans, and distressed debt portfolios as well as restructuring companies.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and UCLA Law School, Scott serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Scott and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of Catherine ’23 and Ethan ’25.

David Kohl

David Kohl grew up in Milwaukee where he was a “lifer” at University School, a small private school serving grades K-12. From 1988-1992 he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his B.A. with a major in History. From 1992-1995 he attended the New York University School of Law where he earned his J.D.

David has been a parent at Brentwood School since 2005. He has four children, Levi (9th), Esther (7th), Abra(3rd) and Goldie (1st), all of whom started Brentwood School in Kindergarten. David’s wife, Abby (who also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison), has been instrumentally involved in the Lower School. In addition to volunteering, she has choreographed the 6th Grade production of The Odyssey for the past 10 years. In doing so, she has gotten to know all of the kids who have come through the Lower School.

David is currently a managing partner of La Quinta Date Palm, a 1,000 acre date farm located just outside of La Quinta in Thermal, CA. The farm is one of the country’s largest producers of organic Medjool dates. The current production of the farm is 1,500,000 pounds and should grow to over 5,000,000pounds by 2023. David is currently working with experts from Israel to improve all of the farming practices. One such project has the potential to save the Coachella Valley over 11,000,000,000 gallons of water annually if universally adopted.

David is a passionate stand-up-paddle surfer. If there is a swell, all bets are off.

Erica Lockhart ’93

James Lustig

James Lustig is a third generation Denver native and spends a considerable amount of time in the Los Angeles area. With a BA degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Columbia University, James is a non-practicing CPA and presently manages a private investment portfolio. He and his wife Debbie have two daughters, Booke Lande and Jennifer Gardner, and six grandchildren who all currently reside in Los Angeles.

James is involved in numerous charitable and civic activities. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Shalom Park, the Mitzel Museum and Yeshiva Toras Chaim, all located in Denver, and is also on the Board of the Wiesenthal Museum and The Race to Erase MS, both located in the Los Angeles area. He has been on numerous other boards in Denver, as well as a member and past president of Green Gables Country Club, and is currently a member of Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. Along with his wife Debbie, James is active in the Los Angeles Ballet and the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

Wendy Marantz Levine ’91, Alumni Association President, ex officio

Wendy Marantz Levine ’91 is a graduate of Brentwood School, class of 1990, and the current President of the Brentwood School Alumni Association.

Sarah Milken '93

Sarah Milken and her husband Jeremy are graduates of Brentwood School’s Class of '93. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California. Upon finishing her Ph.D. at USC, Sarah taught in the USC Graduate School of Education and worked as an educational consultant.

Sarah’s passion for education, children’s and women’s issues is demonstrated by her active role in many local and national organizations. In addition to the Brentwood School Board of Trustees, Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of City Year Los Angeles. Sarah is also involved with various initiatives of The Help Group, Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the Milken Family Foundation.

Sarah and Jeremy live in Santa Monica and have two children, Jake '23 and Marin '25.

Loren Montgomery '87

Loren Montgomery ’87 is the founder and principal of Montgomery Clark Advisors, providing strategic services to clients regarding complex real estate development projects. Prior to founding Montgomery Clark Advisors, Ms. Montgomery was a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, including 14 years of experience as a land use, real estate and environmental attorney. Loren has been a frequent speaker at local and state conferences related to project development, including specific panels on the California Coastal Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, Appraisal and Valuations, and generally on women in the legal profession. Loren also serves on the boards of Street Poets, Mar Vista Family Services, and Little Dolphins Preschool. Loren and her husband live in Santa Monica Canyon with their three children.

David Nathanson '94

David Nathanson serves as the Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports Media Group, where he leads strategic planning, rights acquisitions, rights management, mergers and acquisitions, and new revenue generation for the leading sports media group in the United States. During his tenure at 21st Century FOX, Nathanson has lead nine cable networks including FS1, FOX Soccer Channel, TVG and FOX College Sports.

Nathanson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with honors. He also holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Currently, Mr. Nathanson is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on the board of Mapleton Investments, Falcon Waterfree Technologies, and Colgin Cellars. He is a three time Emmy Award winner for his work in Sports media, was the recipient of the prestigious “40 Under 40” award presented by the Sports Business Journal and was twice named by CableFax as one of the 100 most influential persons in the television industry.

He lives in Bel Air with his wife and three children.

Michael Riera, Ph.D., Head of School, ex officio

Mike Riera is the Head of School at Brentwood School. For over twenty-five years he has worked in education as a head of school, counselor, dean of students, teacher, and consultant. He is also a best-selling author, an award-winning columnist, a former television commentator (for CBS News), and a national speaker on issues of children, adolescents, families, and parenting. Mike is the author of six books: Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children (2002), Field Guide to the American Teenager (2000), Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers (1995), and Surviving High School (1997), Staying Connected to Your Teenager (2003)—launched with three appearances on Oprah—and most recently, Making the Most of Difficult Conversations in Independent Schools, written for the National Association of Independent Schools.

Eden Romick

John Tipton

John is the Office Operating Partner of the Century City office of Allen Matkins, immediate past Chair of the firm's Real Estate Department and is one of the top attorneys in California with respect to real estate transactions. John represents his clients in actively buying, financing, developing, managing, leasing and selling office centers, shopping centers, mixed use projects, hotels and residential projects throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in representing owners, operators, and partners in all types of development, construction, management and operating agreements.

John is a long-time board member of Junior Achievement of Southern California, having served on its Executive Committee from 2005 through 2012 and in 2017. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Miami University and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He and his wife Carolyn have two children, Clay '17 and Kelly '19.

Nadine Watt '86

Nadine Watt serves as President of Watt Companies, one of the largest owners, developers and managers of commercial real estate in the Western United States. She is currently responsible for the commercial portfolio, as well as overseeing all marketing operations, including corporate branding and public relations for Watt Companies and its affiliates.

Nadine has played significant roles in nearly all facets of Watt’s operations for the past 13 years. During her tenure at the company, she has helped develop more than 300 apartment units along with two shopping centers that are currently under her management. She has also overseen management and operations at Watt Plaza, a 920,000 square foot, Class-A office building in Century City. She was responsible for a multi-million dollar renovation program that transformed the property’s lobbies and common areas and was instrumental in securing the building’s Gold LEED certification in 2009 and a TOBY award in 2011.

Nadine also oversees Watt Mineral Holdings, LLC, an oil drilling operation in Southern California.

An active business and community leader, Nadine is the membership co-chair of the Los Angeles Business Council as well as a board member of USC Marshall School of Business, California Science Center, Brentwood School and 1st Century Bank. She also serves on the executive committee for the Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Council for the City of Hope. A graduate of Brentwood School and
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Nadine also holds a Master of Arts degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

Nadine currently resides in Beverly Hills with her husband Andrew Jameson and their two daughters, Keira and Reese Jameson. Keira is a 3rd grader and Reese is just starting Kindergarten at Brentwood.

Sam Yadegar