Jason Mandell, Account Director at Larson Communications, provides strategic communications guidance to education organizations across California and the nation. Mr. Mandell has served as a communications director at numerous nonprofit organizations that advocate for education reform and for ensuring an equitable and high-quality education for under-served students. A former journalist, Mr. Mandell has reported on a wide range of political, economic and social issues for L.A. Weekly, L.A. Downtown News and other publications. Reporting on efforts to transform struggling schools led Mr. Mandell to seek out a role in education advocacy. He has also mentored and tutored elementary school students as a volunteer with School on Wheels and Young Storytellers. Raised in New York, Mr. Mandell received a Bachelor's degree in English from Pomona College.
Mark Narain is a Director of International Digital Distribution in Fox's Filmed Entertainment Group. He specializes in developing solutions to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency as well as stimulate consumer demand in the context of digital media. Mark has spent the last ten years creating strategies and providing financial analysis for several media companies. At Fox, Mark developed financial reporting standards for his distribution team, enhanced internal processes, conducted market research for emerging markets, and developed strategies to distribute Fox film and television properties throughout the world.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting and specialization in Computing from the University of California at Los Angles and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Mark has had a passion to serve his community since his teenage years. He has been involved with community service organizations since high school. He is currently a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. An organization that develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for local communities. In addition, he has recently volunteered with Defy Ventures to help individuals in prison to develop business plans, helping them prepare for success on the outside and improve life on the inside. He also helps high school students navigate the college application process by providing advice on study habits, school choice, essays, and financial aid. In addition, he assists graduate school applicants with test prep resources and essay review. During his free time, Mark enjoys taking his five-year old daughter on adventures throughout Southern California.
Raymond (Ray) McKenzie is the Founder and Managing Director of Red Beach Advisors. He has more than 15 years of experience as a senior business executive and consultant leading global organizations ranging from small businesses, startups, and large enterprises. Ray has held various senior executive positions with companies such as Verisign, Neustar, State Farm Insurance, TeleSign, UltraDNS and has served in an advisory role for several start-up companies in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Ray McKenzie completed his studies in Management Information Systems from San Diego State University in 2001 and is a certified AWS Cloud Practitioner (CLF). Mr. McKenzie is also a certified Lean Six Sigma sensei (CLSSS) practitioner from Villanova University, is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) from Scrum Alliance. Mr. McKenzie currently sits on the board of directors for non-profit organizations such as My Friend’s House, Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA and Students With Aspiring Goals based in Merced, CA and regularly speaks to groups of children and youth regarding entrepreneurship, leadership, and achievement.