LAEDC is effective because of the leadership of our members.  Please take a moment to meet the individuals below!


Christopher C. Martin, FAIA, CEO and Chairman, AC Martin & Martin Project Management

Christopher C. Martin is the third generation leader of AC Martin, one of California’s most venerable architecture and design firms. His architectural work has contributed to the economic vitality of downtown Los Angeles, and as a civic leader he has devoted a significant portion of his time to critical issues facing the City and County of Los Angeles. Currently under development is the new Wilshire Grand Redevelopment Project in downtown Los Angeles, where Martin Project Management (MPM) is the Owner’s Development Manager.  As the CEO and President of MPM, Chris is resurrecting the role of Master Architect that Albert C. Martin Jr. and Edward J. Martin played in the creation of the modern downtown skyline.

LAEDC Vice Chairs

Jodie Lesh

Jodie Lesh

Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning & New Ventures, Kaiser Permanente

Eric Rowen

Eric Rowen

Principal Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Immediate Past Chair

Praful Kulkarni, President & CEO, gkkworks

Praful Kulkarni, founding partner of gkkworks

Mr. Kulkarni brings more than twenty-five years of experience in architecture including planning, design and management on a wide range of both private and public sector projects. He is a registered architect in the state of California and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. Mr. Kulkarni provides distinct vision to the firm’s philosophy, responsibility and dedication to client’s needs and goals. His experience includes commercial, institutional, academic and healthcare projects.

In addition to being the LAEDC Immediate Past Chair, Mr. Kulkarni is an active member of the national board for the Design-Build Institute of America. He is the proud recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his excellence and success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to his business, clients, and the communities they serve.

Past LAEDC Chairs include


2014/2015   Raul A. Anaya, President, Bank of America – Greater Los Angeles Region

2013/2014   Lew Horne, President, CBRE Inc., Greater Los Angeles and Orange County Region

2012/ 2013   Christopher Carey, Chief Financial Officer, City National Bank

2011/ 2012   Robert Hertzberg, California State Senator and former Speaker of the California State Assembly

2010/2011   Maura O’Connor, O’Connor Cochran LLP

2009/2010   Lloyd Greif, USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies