The Board of Directors is responsible for advancing LARPHG’s mission, and does this by actively sponsoring seminars, colloquia and conferences. The Board meets several times each year at the Huntington Library.
Prominent Southern California leaders in planning, planning education and planning history have served on the Board during its existence. Brief resumes of each of the current Board members are presented below.
Marsha V. Rood, President
Marsha Rood, FAICP, is Principal of Urban Reinventions, a firm specializing in downtown revitalization, and has received numerous awards for her work in community-building. She served as the Development Administrator for the City of Pasadena for nearly 20 years and more recently as the Community Development Director of Culver City. Ms. Rood received her B A from Stanford, her Masters in Planning from USC, and serves on numerous professional and non-profit boards.
Bill Trimble, Vice President
Bill Trimble is a land use planner with the City of Pasadena Planning Department. He has worked for more than twenty years in the city, an especially informative location for appreciating relationships between current local issues and the region’s history
Alice Lepis, Secretary
Alice Lepis was Chief of both the City of Los Angeles Transportation Planning and the Parking Management Bureaus for 21 years. Trained in marketing and economics at the University of Southern California, she also worked in the City Planning Department Citywide Planning Bureau preparing economic studies on zoning and transportation issues.
Mark Herwick, Treasurer
Mark Herwick, Ph.D., AICP, is Supervising Regional Planner in the Advance Planning Division of the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning. He managed the preparation of the 2008 Los Angeles County draft General Plan; coordinated Urban Land Institute studies of County transit oriented districts in 2010; and prepares new and revised ordinances for community standards and transit oriented development. Mark completed his graduate work in the School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.
Dan Beal has a 40+ year history in the development of Transportation Policy in Southern California. Currently an independent consultant specializing in developing transportation programs for public agencies, Dan served as the Managing Director for Public Policy at the Automobile Club of Southern California and, before that, developed transportation policy for the Community Redevelopment Agency and for the Chief Legislative Analyst office of the City of Los Angeles.
Ken Bernstein, AICP, is Principal City Planner for the Policy Planning and Historic Resources Division of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. In this capacity, he oversees the City’s Office of Historic Resources, where he directs Los Angeles’ historic preservation policies, as well as the Department’s Citywide Policy Planning team, updating Los Angeles’ General Plan.
Erin Chase is Assistant Curator at The Huntington Library in San Marino California. She oversees a large collection of material related to the history of architecture, photography and urban planning in Southern California. Erin continues to collect urban planning and architectural records with the assistance of the LARPHG.
Don Cotton, AICP is a retired planner who spent more than fifty years in the field of urban planning. His urban planning and environmental consulting firm, C/B/A, Inc. served clients throughout California for more than twenty-five years. The firm is now a part of AECOM, an international organization. Don is a past President of the Planner Emeritus Network. He has served on the LARPHG Board for fifteen years.
Ken Farfsing, the City Manager of Carson, has over 35 years of experience in city management, community development and redevelopment for five different communities in Southern California. His experience makes him an expert in regional planning, sustainable community strategies, disadvantaged communities, storm and ground water management and brownfields remediation.
Greg Fischer is a principal in LA1781, Inc., a land-use consulting firm. He is an accomplished Los Angeles historian and Downtown Los Angeles resident.
Samuel Gennawey is a communications and community outreach professional with recent experience in more than 170 planning projects including general plans and transportation plans. He is a former Board Member of the Pasadena Tourism and Convention Bureau and brings a unique perspective to LARPHG with more than 30 years of experience in recording, broadcasting and news media businesses. He has authored four books related to theme park design and history.
Todd Gish is an architect, urban designer and historian with extensive professional experience in the private and public sectors. He teaches planning, design, and history at USC’s Price School, and his research focuses on residential planning and development in early 20th century Los Angeles.
Michael Metcalfe is specialist in urban design and master planning. His professional background includes more than 30 years of experience in preparing master plans for transit oriented development, industrial/logistics distribution centers, as well as mixed-use, commercial, residential, and institutional development. He has served in various leadership roles for urban non-profit organizations including current positions on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) and the Westwood Community Council.
Steven Preston is currently the City Manager and Redevelopment Authority Executive Director of the City of San Gabriel. He has served in numerous leadership roles in the American Planning Association and, consistent with an impressive resume in historic preservation, he is the current historian of the California Chapter of APA.
Allyn Rifkin, PE/PTOE, was recently Chief of the City of Los Angeles Transportation Programs and Land Development Bureau with over 34 years in a variety of transportation planning exercises. Currently Mr. Rifkin is a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Small Craft and Harbors Commission and owner of a small consulting firm, The Rifkin Transportation Planning Group.
David Sloane, Ph.D., is a professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Professor Sloane researches both contemporary and historical topics in urban planning, community health, cultural landscapes, and public safety. He is editor of Planning Los Angeles (2012), a multi-author look at the past, present and future of planning in the City of Angels.