Board of Governors



The LAEDC Board of Governors is comprised of leaders from LA County businesses, government, and education. Our Meetings feature our economists at LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics and keynote speakers who present on critical organizational issues and  regional information.


To see our current list of Board Members click here.


Chair and Vice Chair of the Board 

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President, CSUN

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison is the first academic leader elected to serve as Chair of LAEDC, at a time when understanding and preparing for the changing face of work is an increasing priority for the organization and its education, government and private sector members, especially with LAEDC’s ideation and launch of the Center for a Competitive Workforce with LA County’s 19 community colleges, the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortia, and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce.  As one of the founders of the “CSU5” collaboration of the five Cal State Universities in LA County, Dr. Harrison rallied support for providing funding, alongside many private sector and philanthropic organizations, for the implementation of the LA County Strategic Plan for Economic Development (2016-2020), which became Propel LA, located at the LAEDC.  Dr. Harrison has also been a vocal promoter of the role of innovation in our economy and in talent development, through CSUN investments in technology incubation.  Dr. Harrison is also known for her strong commitment to community and for building strong partnerships with public-, nonprofit- and private- sector organizations, which fits the LAEDC’s collaborative economic development approach. Dr. Harrison began her appointment as president of CSUN in June 2012. Prior to CSUN, Dr. Harrison served as president of California State University, Monterey Bay, and prior to that she worked at Florida State University.

Steven A. Nissen, Senior Vice President / Legal & Government Affairs, NBCUniversal

Steve Nissen is Senior Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs at NBCUniversal.  In that capacity, he is primarily responsible for developing and coordinating for the company a comprehensive state and local government agenda, including anti-piracy, intellectual property protection, tax, digital, broadcast, film production, land use and government compliance.  In addition to his responsibilities at NBCUniversal, for 2014 Mr. Nissen is Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, FilmLA and the Central City Association.  He also serves on the Executive Committees of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, where he was honored as Chamber Board Member of the Year for 2013.


2019 – 2020 Board Meeting Schedules

Date Time Keynote
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:30 am – 9:30 am Councilmember, Marqueece Dawson Harris
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:30 am – 9:30 am Senator, Maria Elena Durazo
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 7:30 am – 9:30 am LA City Councilmember, Joe Buscaino
Wednesday, March 18, 2020  8:30 am – 9:30 am Bill Allen, CEO, LAEDC
Wednesday, June 17, 2020  9:00 am – 10:00 am Kathryn Barger, 5th District Supervisor

Register here for the next meeting.   *Please note: This meeting is open to LAEDC Members only. To learn more on how to become a member, please contact Elsa Flores, Vice President of Strategic Relations at 213-236-4815 or at [email protected]