Los Angeles

BUILD Los Angeles

Following the blueprint set by BUILD National, the Los Angeles regional office is partnering with local high schools to offer entrepreneurship programming to high school students from 9th to 12th grade. In our inaugural year, we’ll serve ninth graders as they start high school this August.

BUILD Los Angeles is creating a community that supports and cares about LA’s youth, the future of education, and the possibility of entrepreneurship. We’d love to meet you and find ways for you to play a role in changing student lives.

If you are interested in helping BUILD to catalyze change and transform young lives, please contact Matt Scelza, Regional Executive Director at matt@build.org. To schedule a phone call with Matt, please visit www.calendly.com/mattscelza/phone.

Local Advisory Board (in formation)

  • Erik Huberman (Chair), Founder, HawkeMedia
  • Austin Clements, Associate, TenOneTen Ventures
  • David Kwan, Managing Director, The Famous Group
  • Matthew J. Nordgren, Founder and CEO, NORDCO & The Leadership Foundation
  • Jeff Reynolds, President, LRW Worldwide
  • Ricci Rukavina, Founder, Kung Fu Factory
  • Gillian Sheldon, Chief Marketing Officer, XPRIZE
  • Rachel Spiegelman, CEO, PITCH
  • Andy Torelli, Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher Inc.
  • Brandon Vongsawad, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Associate Board (in formation)

  • Felicia Gorman (Co-Chair), Gorman Analytics
  • Naveen Shahani (Co-Chair), Apollo Global Management LLC
  • Shan Aggarwal, Greycroft Ventures
  • Thania Amberiadis, Lazard Freres
  • Kat Calvin, Lilypad Consulting
  • Agustín Cervantes, Director, Student Services, Charter College of Education at California State University
  • Michelle Cumpston, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Paul Darrow, Cushman Wakefield
  • LaToya DeRouen, Boeing
  • Madeline Frederick, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Marc Gruenhut, Endeavour Capital
  • Ramsey Haddad, Google
  • Connor MacKenzie, Oaktree Capital
  • Leah Nanni, USC Marshall School of Business
  • Shauna Nep, Fundamental Philanthropy
  • Arsames Qajar, JoinIn
  • Ryan J. Smith, Magic Johnson Enterprises
  • Paige Smith, Cooley LLP
  • Monica Srinivasa, Sofitel
  • Victor Yang, Lazard Freres