Our team

Howard Behar Yvonne Bell Alexander Cappello Lindsey Kozberg Pedro J. Martí John Ohanesian

Howard Behar

Mr. Howard Behar's career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer oriented businesses covering several industries. He retired from Starbucks Coffee after 21 years where he led both the domestic business, as President of North America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for 12 years before retiring.

Mr. Behar now serves on several boards, including iD Tech, Education Elements and the advisory boards of Anthos Capital and Roadtrip Nation. His non-profit commitments are to the University of Washington Foundation, UW Business School mentoring program and as a Trustee for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation. Mr. Behar is committed to the development and education of our future leaders and has been a longtime advocate of the Servant Leadership Model. He has also authored a book on leadership titled "It's Not About the Coffee."

Yvonne Bell

Ms. Yvonne Bell has been working in the non-profit sector for thirty years and has led successful fundraising campaigns for The Museum of Contemporary Art, the California Science Center and Center Theatre Group. She currently serves as the Director of Advancement for Center Theatre Group, and as a member of the senior executive team, she plays an instrumental role in the organization’s fundraising, strategic planning, programming and board development efforts.

Ms. Bell serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Ojai Playwrights Conference and frequently speaks in Los Angeles and nationally on fundraising in the arts.

Alexander Cappello

Mr. Alexander Cappello has led several companies over the past 42 years, including Cappello Group, Inc. a global merchant bank, whose principals have conducted over $155 billion in transactions in 50+ countries. He is or has been a Director of: The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ); USC Board of Trustees; California Republic Bank (OTC); Chairman – Inter-Tel (NASDAQ); Koo Koo Roo (NASDAQ); Genius Products, Inc. (NASDAQ); Cytrx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ); RAND Center for Global Risk and Security (CGRS); RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) board and RAND Russia Forum; Caldera Medical Corp.; California Ethanol & Power; NCT Ventures; Patriot Defense Group; USC – Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders and a Trustee of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute.

He is a Board Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP); Lifetime Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); Trustee/Chairman of the Investment Committee – City of Hope; Trustee – Jordan River Foundation (Amman, Jordan); Board Member – ALS TDI (Therapy Development Institute); Trustee – Marymount College in Palos Verdes; Board Member – California Council on Economic Education (CCEE).

Mr. Cappello was the only two-term International Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) (2003-2005). He is an active member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Chief Executive Officers Organization (CEO).

Lindsey C. Kozberg

With more than two decades of public affairs experience spanning government, leading nonprofits, law firms, and universities, Lindsey Kozberg currently serves as Chief Communications Officer at Legacy, the U.S.’s largest nonprofit dedicated to ending tobacco-related illness and death.

Formerly the Vice President for External Affairs at the RAND Corporation, the nonprofit and nonpartisan policy research institution, she led RAND’s efforts to connect the work of more than 1,000 researchers to challenges facing policy and decision makers around the world.

Ms. Kozberg has also worked in the public sector at the federal and state levels. Most recently she served as director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Education and as a special assistant to the president at the White House, where she served as the strategist and spokesperson for signature domestic policy initiatives.

Trained as an attorney, Ms. Kozberg practiced law for several years with Latham & Watkins. She has also been an advisor with the public strategy firm California Strategies and an instructor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications. She currently serves on the boards the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

Ms. Kozberg received her J.D. from Stanford University, and her undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Pedro J. Martí

Pedro J. Martí is a Senior Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President-Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Part of the Wells Fargo family for many years, Mr. Martí previously served as an Analyst in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Development Division, as Chief of Staff to the company’s COO, and helped to develop and implement a professional training program for a new generation of securities and insurance licensed employees in the LA Metro Region of Wells Fargo.

Mr. Martí holds a BBA from Emory Goizueta Business School, concentrating in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Financial Services, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Martí currently serves as a board member of Para Los Niños.

John R. Ohanesian

Mr. John R. Ohanesian was President and CEO of Bosley from 1990 to 2010. Mr. Ohanesian was also President and CEO of Aderans Research Institute, a biotech company, from 2002 to 2010. Since 2013 he has been an Advisor/Chief Strategic Officer of Theradome, Inc., which is an aesthetic medical device company based in San Jose, Calif., and since 2014 an Advisor to BioCoRrx, Inc., (BICX) which is focused on the treatment of alcohol and opioid dependence. Currently, Mr. Ohanesian is serving on special assignment as the Senior Vice President of Medical Services for the Special Olympics World Games held in Los Angeles during the summer of 2015.

In 2004, The Concern Foundation named Mr. Ohanesian as their honoree for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts in the Greater Los Angeles area. He served on the Board of Directors of Center Theatre Group from 2001 to 2008. From 2005 to 2008, he was a member of the Board of Directors of City of Hope’s National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. From 2007 to 2014 Mr. Ohanesian served on the Board of Trustees of The Archer School for Girls in Brentwood, California.