Michael Bernick


Mr. Bernick is the former director of the California Labor Department, the Employment Development Department, serving from 1999-2004. He currently is Counsel with the Sedgwick LLP law firm in San Francisco, and a Research Fellow in Employment with the Milken Institute. He is a graduate of Harvard College (BA), Oxford University (Balliol College, B. Phil), and the University of California Boalt Hall law school. Mr. Bernick was one of the founders of the San Francisco Renaissance Center, the job creation/job training agency, for which he served as Executive Director from 1982-1986, and was on the Board of Directors of the BART regional rail system from 1988-1996. ‎

Mariana Danilovic

Mariana Profile Photo Ms. Danilovic is the Founder and CEO of hollywood portfolio, an incubator and accelerator that develops and operates entertainment, digital media, and technology companies. Through hollywood portfolio, Ms. Danilovic launched and helped develop several digital media companies, and served as the President, CEO and Director of ultralivetv, served on the Board of Directors of reframeit, and the Board of Directors of Emerge Digital.

Ms. Danilovic was the EVP Business Development for NTN Buzztime, Inc. (AMEX:NTN) and Head of Business Development, Content Aggregation and Programming for MediaZone, broadband video company owned by NASPERS/MIH media conglomerate. She also founded and directed the Digital Media Incubator at KPMG LLP, which developed about two-dozen digital media companies. The companies Ms. Danilovic helped develop received institutional funding from KPCB, Sequoia Capital, Hummer-Winblad, Constellation Partners, Softbank, North Star Ventures, HP, and Intel.

Ms. Danilovic headed business development for Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment and was on the management team of the venture fund at Sony Pictures Entertainment, investing in media companies worldwide. Ms. Danilovic also worked for Michael Milken’s Knowledge Exchange and at the Twentieth Century Fox International Television Group. She serves on the Board of Directors of C3, the Arts and Media Node of the Millennium Project, served on the Board of Directors of the Producers’ Guild of America, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Larry Irving

Larry Irving in Washington DC on 7/10/09.

Larry Irving is the President and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. From September, 2009 to July, 2011, Mr. Irving served as Vice President for Global Government Affairs for the Hewlett-Packard Company, the world’s largest technology company.

Prior to founding the Irving Group in 1999, Mr. Irving served for almost seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues.

Mr. Irving was one of the principal architects and advocates of the Clinton Administration’s telecommunications and Internet policies, and was a point person in the Clinton Administration’s successful efforts to reform the United States telecommunications laws. Those efforts resulted in passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the most sweeping change in America s telecommunications laws in 60 years.

Similarly, in international fora, Irving was an ardent advocate of regulatory reform. He represented the United States Government as Sherpa (lead coordinator for the U.S. Government) at the G-7’s first Ministerial meeting on the Global Information Society in Brussels, and at the Information Society and Development Conference in South Africa, the first Ministerial meeting between developing countries and developed countries to discuss the emerging global Internet. Mr. Irving was also a key member of the United States team that negotiated the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on basic telecommunication services.

Mr. Irving is widely credited with coining the term the digital divide and sparking global interest in the issue. In large part due to his work to promote policies and develop programs to ensure access to advanced telecommunications and information technologies, Mr. Irving was named one of the fifty most influential persons in the ‘Year of the Internet’ by Newsweek Magazine.

Mr. Irving currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service and ReliabilityFirst Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School, the Board of Councilors for the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, the Board of Visitors for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University and the Director’s Circle for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and is a recipient of the University’s Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement. He is also a graduate of Stanford University School of Law, where he was elected President of his graduating class.

Michael H. Kelly

img_michael-kellyMichael H. Kelly currently serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs, a bi-partisan alliance of leaders from business, labor, academia and the non-profit sectors dedicated to advancing initiatives that create economic and job growth throughout the L.A. region.

Prior to working with the L.A. Coalition, Mr. Kelly has worked in a number of high-level positions, both in the private sector and within California State government. He recently served as the Manager of California Government Relations for the Boeing Company, a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company in charge of managing Federal, State and Local government relations and political activities throughout the company’s site operations in California.

In the public sector Mr. Kelly had the distinction of being appointed by both Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Film Commission, where he served as Deputy Director, successfully spearheading policies and initiatives to retain and attract motion picture production to California.

Prior to his appointment to the Film Commission, Mr. Kelly served in a variety of capacities for Governor Davis, first as an aide to then Lt. Governor Davis, a Special Assistant for Internal and External Affairs throughout the 1997-1998 gubernatorial campaign, transition to office, and first year and a half of the new administration.

In 1999, Mr. Kelly was appointed Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Cabinet Affairs to work as a liaison between the Governor’s Office and the assigned Governmental Agencies and Departments, responsible for the Department of Industrial Relations; Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency; Department of Food and Agriculture; Environmental Protection Agency; Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; Resources Agency, and the Secretary of State and Consumer Services Agency.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the California Workforce Investment Board and the Center for Sustainable Energy. He was also the recipient of the EnCorps Teachers Program 2010 “Torchbearer of the Year” Award.

Michael is a sought-after voice on the economy and jobs, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, ABC News, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Huffington Post.

Michael Montgomery

img_michael-montgomeryMike Montgomery is the Executive Director of CALinnovates.

Mike is a veteran strategist with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels. Throughout his career, Mike has worked on political, fundraising, legal, public policy and new media issues in both the public and private sectors.

Mike’s work in California began on Governor Gray Davis’s campaign, where he served as the Northern California Finance Director. In this capacity, Mike directed all fundraising efforts throughout the Northern California territory, working as the Governor’s principal campaign advisor in the region.

Following the Governor’s campaign, Mike became the National Finance Director for Newsom for Mayor, where he built Mayor Gavin Newsom’s nationwide fundraising network with bases in Los Angeles, New York, and cities throughout the country. In addition to his background in politics, Mike has extensive experience crafting solutions to regulatory, political and legal challenges in the private sector.

Mike is a sought-after voice on technology and innovation issues, and has been published in the San Jose Mercury News, the OC Register, Huffington Post, TechZulu and TechWire.

Andrew Moy

Andrew is VP of Employer Relations at Transmosis.   Moy has served 15+ years in business development in Technology Staffing, Consulting and Outsourcing/Managed Services companies.  He has extensive experience in working back from an employer’s job requirements to define talent/labor shortages and develop comprehensive workforce solutions in Silicon Valley and across the nation.  Moy specializes in workforce and regional economic development, helping direct public funding to address private sector workforce needs.  Transmosis has been awarded multiple state and federal grants to date, addressing STEM/ICT skill gaps by subsidizing industry certification and training, while providing work based opportunities with employers in the form of externships, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. 

Chase Norlin

“We need to start applying the same business models and value creation that is utilized in the for-profit technology sector to the very real social problems we have here in America.”

Chase Norlin is the CEO of Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley Technology Entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce. Transmosis is a nationally recognized Workforce Intermediary focused on enabling companies to build a pipeline of skilled labor by helping individuals address skill gaps through state and federal training dollars.

Norlin was previously the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), named the 8th fastest growing company in America and the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine based on revenue growth. EDG was a holding company for a portfolio of digital marketing businesses that Norlin founded and grew to $50mm in revenue in three years.

A veteran of the Internet industry, Norlin founded one of the Internet’s first online photo sharing ventures and founded the first online video sharing company.

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Bernee Strom

Currently Founder and Executive Chairman of WebTuner Corp. Bernee Strom has more than 25 years’ experience in media and technology businesses., Bernee Strom is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or run a number of companies, including Gemstar International, Priceline.com, Infospace, Inc., and USA Digital Radio (currently HD Radio). She was Executive Chairman of Ensequence, which delivers interactive television advertising solutions.

An experience board member, she is a current or former member of the board of directors of Benchmark Electronics, Hughes Electronics/DirecTV, Polaroid Corporation, and Software Publishing Corp., as well as other public and private companies. She serves as a Trustee of the NPR Foundation.

Strom was named one of the “100 Most Inspiring Alumni” of the Anderson School of UCLA. She received a Luminary Award from the Committee of 200, and was named a “Leading Women Entrepreneur of the World”, where she also received the Technology Award from IBM. The Forum of Women Entrepreneurs also named her “Entrepreneur of the Year”.