Alliance Governing Board
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MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS
Chairman, The Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Joe Drake is a leading entrepreneur and one of Hollywood’s most respected studio executives. As Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Mr. Drake is responsible for overseeing the Company’s feature film business, including acquisitions, production, marketing and distribution. He leads a team responsible for a portfolio of films that has generated over $10 billion at the worldwide box office over the past six years.
Lionsgate’s upcoming film slate includes Roland Emmerich’s epic action film Midway, the whodunit murder-mystery Knives Out directed by Rian Johnson, Jay Roach’s timely drama starring Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman, I Still Believe , the follow-up to the Erwin Brothers’ faith-based hit I Can Only Imagine, a re-imagining of Saw starring Chris Rock, Hitman’s Bodyguard 2 and John Wick 4.
Mr. Drake returned to Lionsgate in October 2017 when the Company acquired Good Universe, the production and distribution company that he co founded and ran with partner Nathan Kahane, who is now President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. During his previous tenure as head of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group from 2007-2012, Mr. Drake and his team launched the studio’s global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, which grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide, the box office smash Expendables films, multiple Oscar® winner Precious, and Tyler Perry films.
One of the industry’s foremost innovators, Mr. Drake has launched two companies of his own, Good Universe and Mandate Pictures. At Good Universe, he shepherded the company’s overall business and was responsible for building key financial, creative and strategic partnerships. While there, he partnered with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver’s Point Grey Pictures on a series of critically acclaimed comedy hits including Neighbors and The Night Before, that partnership has now carried on to Lionsgate. As head of Mandate Pictures from 2004-2007, Mr. Drake produced the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster Juno, the Golden Globe® -nominated Hope Springs and 50/50, and the breakout Seth Rogen comedy This Is The End.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Drake held executive positions at Rysher Entertainment and Moviestore Entertainment.
MICHELE SIQUEIROS - BOARD VICE CHAIR
President, Campaign of College Opportunity
Michele Siqueiros oversees the Campaign for College Opportunity’s strategy, policy priorities, fundraising, and serves as the leading spokesperson for our work. Michele has been with the Campaign since 2004, serving first as the Associate Director and the past seven years as Executive Director and was named President in 2014. With her leadership in 2010, the Campaign led the effort for historic transfer reform that will make it easier for students to transfer from any California Community College to the California State University system and most recently led support for the passage of the Student Success Act of 2012. She was instrumental in assembling a statewide network of over 12,000 coalition supporters, involving over 50,000 young people and their families through the “Save Me a Spot in College” and “I’m One in A Million” scholarship contests awarding over $670,000 in scholarship dollars, guiding the direction of the Campaign's research and releasing reports on the impact to the California economy and educated workforce needs, and securing passage of Campaign sponsored legislation to increase access to Pell Grants and promote college awareness for middle school students.
She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), The EdSource Advisory Council, Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), and from 2011-2014, Michele served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency responsible for distributing and awarding over $1.7 billion annually in Cal Grant aid to California college students. In 2015, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation named her their Woman of the Year. Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) named Michele their HOPE Treasure in 2014. That same year, La Opinion Newspaper gave her the Hispanic Leader Award for her leadership in education. In 2008, La Opinion named her one of Los Angeles’ Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Woman). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Chicano/a Studies from Pitzer College and her Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is based in our Los Angeles office.
VIRGIL ROBERTS - BOARD SECRETARY
Managing Partner of Bobbitt & Roberts
Virgil Roberts is currently the managing partner of Bobbitt & Roberts, a law firm which he helped form. Mr. Roberts is also the co-creator of UCLA’s African American Studies Center. Mr. Roberts has a background in the entertainment industry as he previously formed the law firm of Manning & Roberts, which represented a number of entertainment clients primarily from the recording industry and he once served as president of Solar Records. Mr. Roberts has given many lectures and speeches to lawyers and law students interested in the entertainment industry. He has participated in panel discussions for such organizations as the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, the National Association of Securities Professionals, and the American Law Institute.
Currently, Mr. Roberts is a member of the Audit Committee of Broadway Federal Bank, he also serves as Trustee of the James Irvine Foundation; Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Claremont Graduate School; Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Bridgespan Group; Chairman of Families In Schools; Director of Southern California Public Radio, the Community Foundation Land Trust, the Fedco Foundation, Community Build, and the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. In recognition of his philanthropic work, Mr. Roberts was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter with the 2011 Spirit of Philanthropy Award.
TOM HEYMANN - BOARD MEMBER
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Notary Association
Since 2012 Heymann has led the National Notary Association which has trained, served and advocated for nearly 200 million Notaries Public since 1957. He also oversees the following enterprises operated by NNA Services LLC: Trusted Notary Solutions for Employers, SigningAgent.com, RealstateBackgrounds.com, and NNASuretyBonds.com, NNA Insurance Services, LLC, the California Notary Association and Immigration Forms Specialist Training & Support. Heymann has more than 40 years of experience in executive management and corporate governance in operationally complex, service intensive environments spanning a variety of industries including education, retail, technology and restaurant.
In education he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s largest private provider of early education. In retail, Heymann served as President of Disney Stores, Inc., which included their global presence in retail, online and catalog enterprises. In technology, he has served on the boards of several public technology companies, including MP3.com, Loudeye Technologies, Atari and Tickets.com. Additionally, he was the managing director and co-founder of venture capital firm Digital Coast Ventures. In the restaurant industry, he served as President of The Levy Restaurants and Mastro’s Restaurants, LLC. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University.
CLAUDIA LIMA - BOARD MEMBER
Director of Community Lending and Investing, CIT Bank
Claudia Lima is the Director of Community Lending and Investing at CIT Bank, one of the key positions responsible to help achieve a $5 billion community benefits plan. In her role, Ms. Lima assesses innovative and complex qualified lending and investment transactions in affordable housing, economic development and community facilities. Prior to CIT, she was the V.P. and Treasurer of a national developer of community facilities where she led efforts to secure financing for projects nationwide. Ms. Lima has extensive background in community and economic development finance. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, her Master's degree in CED from Southern New Hampshire University and has completed the USC Ross Program in Real Estate. Ms. Lima serves on the Southern California Leadership Council of Enterprise Community Partners, on CCRC's Credit Committee, Advisory Board Member of California Statewide CDC, as a Board member of Clifford Beers and LA Trade Tech Foundation.
Retired, Founding Principal, Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy High School
Dr. Clarence G. Miller was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and is the youngest of four brothers and two sisters. At the age of 10, he moved with his family from the segregated South to a more inclusive community in Long Island, New York where he attended and graduated from elementary and high schools. He graduated from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in History. While there he captained the basketball and track teams his junior and senior years, chaired the Black Student Union and co-authored the proposal (Project New City) for the school’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Upon graduation, he accepted the position as Founding Director of the EOP at Plattsburgh State University. He later graduated from City University of New York, Queens College with a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Counseling Psychology and the University of Texas with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Administration. While attending Texas, he founded the Tutoring for Reading Improvement Math Achievement and Counseling Services (TRI-MAC) non-profit organization to provide academic, social and emotional support to African American students as they integrated the Austin Independent School District.
Shortly after meeting his future wife, he relocated to Los Angeles, California and began a career in telecommunications with Pacific Bell (AT&T) where he led high performing teams in publishing, sales and government affairs. In 1995, he retired from Pacific Bell and began a career leading public secondary schools in Long Beach, California and later Houston, Texas. He retired from the Texas Public School System in 2010 and moved back to Los Angeles. However, his retirement lasted only one year and in 2011 Clarence began leading the development of a charter high school (Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy) in the Watts area of Los Angeles with The Alliance for College Ready Public Schools, in 2016, Simon Technology Academy was recognized by Newsweek as one of the top high schools in America. He retired on July 1, 2016.
His memberships have included Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boule), 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Wescom Credit Union Board of Directors, Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Inglewood Chamber of Commerce, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Mount St. Joseph Grand Lodge A.F.A.M. and the Texas Council for the Preparation of Personnel for the Handicapped.
Clarence currently lives in Frisco, Texas with his wife of 37 years, Patricia Howell Miller and is the father of Jeremy Miller of San Antonio, Texas and Cameron Miller of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
JANETTE RODRIGUEZ-PACK - BOARD MEMBER
Chief Academic Officer, STEM Prep Schools
Former Principal, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School
For over 20 years, Janette Rodriguez-Pack has worked as an educator in some of the most impoverished communities throughout Los Angeles. Under her leadership as Assistant Principal and Principal, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School was acknowledged as the California Charter School of the Year in 2011 and received the California Distinguished Schools Award in 2009 and 2013. Prior to becoming the Chief Academic Officer of STEM Prep Schools comprehensive TK-12 instructional programming, Ms. Rodriguez-Pack was the founding principal of Math and Science College Preparatory, which received the California Gold Ribbon Award in 2015.
Moises Silva - BOARD MEMBER
Structural Engineer at Northrop Grumman
Class of 2021 Alumnus, Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science School
Moises Silva is a Class of 2012 Alumnus of Alliance Stern MASS. In 2016, he graduated from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is currently a Structural Engineer at Northrop Grumman. Moises previously served on Alliance's Young Professionals Board from 2016 to 2020 and chaired a committee and has spearheaded raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships for Alliance alumni. Moises is passionate about leveraging data to make informed decisions and drive growth, and values diversity in the workplace, opportunities for professional development, and giving back to the community.