Carl Cade, Regional Vice President Southern California. With a career that has continuously spanned Education Reform, Real Estate Development and Finance, Carl has spent a decade leading initiatives which prove that with the right resources all children can learn.
Jim founded James Suhr & Associates, LLC in 2002 to focus on urban infill commercial and multifamily developments in Southern California. His twenty-plus years in the real estate industry encompass experience in acquisitions, entitlements, development, and asset management of a wide range of land uses. Jim has been involved in the development of a number of transit-oriented mixed-use infill projects in association with
Jody Feerst Litvak
Jody Feerst Litvak currently serves as Regional Community Relations Manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) where she is responsible for representing Metro's interests in
the Central and Westside area, stretching from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean. Among her several responsibilities is leading the outreach efforts for the "Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study" that is
evaluating a possible extension of the Metro Rail subway. She has been directly involved in outreach and communication efforts surrounding the development of the 2008 Long Range Transportation Plan and efforts to
place a transportation sales tax on the ballot. She originally joined one of the Metro's predecessor agencies, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, in 1990. She has previously worked as the Government & Public Affairs Manager for the Congestion Management Program, eventually serving as the overall Manager of that program, and worked as the agency's Manager of Government Relations. Ms. Litvak previously worked for the California State Senate, US House of Representatives, Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, GTE-California (now Verizon), the City of West Hollywood, and campaigns for candidates and initiatives. In these positions, she has assessed, planned and managed a wide range of projects with complex and political and community concerns.
Ms. Litvak holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She lives in the Westwood area of Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Cesar Diaz is currently pursuing a masters of arts in urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. His studies are focused around economic development of the Cleantech industry, revitalization of historic business districts and green building. Prior to attending graduate school, Cesar worked for Cerrell Associates, Inc ., a Los Angeles based public relations firm that specializes in public affairs, land use and advocacy services to a broad base of clients. As an account executive he specialized in community relations and issue advocacy for several large land-use projects throughout Southern California. Before Cerrell Associates, he worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the Dodgers, he worked in the ticketing operations managing season ticket accounts and promotions.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cesar graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2003 with a bachelors of arts in political science. Valuing the importance of civic engagement and community leadership, he was selected and graduated from the 2008 Leadership LA Fellowship program. He currently serves on the boards of Proyecto Pastoral Emerging Leaders and the Delta Chi Housing Corporation.
Patti Harburg-Petrich, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, is an Associate in the Los Angeles office for Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. She performed structural design and seismic evaluation/retrofit for a variety of buildings incorporating a wide range of structural materials and seismic resisting systems. She has experience in many building types, including healthcare, sports, hospitality, industrial, commercial, and multi-family residential. Ms. Harburg-Petrich is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California and a LEED Accredited Professional.