BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Nuemann - Chairperson of CCEO Board of Directors
Mark A. Neumann, Managing Member of Columbia Development Group brings over twenty-five years of experience in hotel and commercial real estate development and management to CCEO. Mark has developed over 50 projects in the southwestern United States with experience in hotels, offices, and retail centers, including ground up development, historic renovations, public – private partnerships. Mark has worked for industry leaders; Extended Stay America, Security Capital Group, Metlife, Century West Development, Turner Construction Company throughout his career. Mark received a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and a Bachelor of Science in Construction from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The son of two immigrants, Mark was born in Chicago, Illinois. Mark enjoys time with his wife and twin boys, racing bicycles and playing ice hockey. A CCEO Board member since 2001, Mark is honored to serve the members of CCEO.
Helene V. Smookler, Vice Chair of CCEO Board of Directors
Helene has over 30 years experience in state and local government policy and planning and housing and environmental law. Her practice focuses on land use and environmental matters, including climate change, CEQA, air quality, transportation, goods movement, housing, environmental justice and other local and regional issues. A significant part of her practice also involves mediation of complex public policy disputes, principally environmental and land use issues. Dr. Smookler was formerly Chief Counsel at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Prior to joining SCAG, she was a staff attorney at the Center for Law in the Public Interest, where her cases included Century Freeway (Keith v. Volpe). Earlier in her career, she was a special consultant to the court during the Los Angeles School desegregation (Crawford v. LAUSD). She has published extensively in the area of public policy and planning, including air quality, housing, transportation, education and dispute resolution. In addition to her legal practice, Dr. Smookler is an Adjunct Professor at USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development where she teaches Public Policy Alternative Dispute Resolution. She also teaches Sustainability Ethics in UCLA’s Extension’s Sustainability Certificate Program. She previously taught political science and public policy at UCLA, Claremont McKenna College, Wellesley College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Smookler was previously a member of the Board and Chair of the County/City Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Irving Pacheco, Secretary of CCEO Board of Directors
I was born in Mexico and lived in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Rosamorada, Sinaloa before coming to the United States with my mother at an early age. She came to this country in search of the American dream. She worked tirelessly as a waitress and housekeeper so I could have a better life. Having been raised in Huntington Park and attending local schools since Kindergarten, I am well aware of the needs of our community. For the past decade, I have been fighting for the working families in the areas of jobs, affordable housing, and education.I have been fighting together with school administrators, parents and students, elected officials, labor and business leaders, with the goal of protecting the interests that matter most to our community and working families. Since 2008, I have worked closely with California State Assembly Member Ted Lieu to protect homeowners from foreclosures while fighting against consumer fraud. I have also worked for local non profit organizations as well as being a voice for our community by collaborating with elected officials at the state and national level. My strong work ethic, education and experience, commitment, and dedication, are all values instilled by my family and will help me serve our community well. These values motivate me on a daily basis to continue to fight for the working families in our area.
John Oppenheim, Treasurer of CCEO Board of Directors
John brings his experience in the Business world to CCEO. John has run his own small business and worked for large and small companies as well. His background is in technology, specifically in application software such as Accounting systems. In addition, John has taught at Pepperdine University (Marketing and Technology) and at an Adult School (Quickbooks and Accounting). Currently John is a consultant working in two arenas: nonprofits; sales consulting for small businesses. John lives in Long Beach with his wife. Between them they have four daughters, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. John spends his spare time teaching yoga and reading.
Jill is U.S. Bank’s Vice President – Community Affairs Manager for the greater Los Angeles market. Jill works in partnership with community based organizations to help develop affordable housing, foster economic revitalization, and provide financial education to small businesses, consumers and first-time home buyers. She helps to facilitate U.S. Bank’s commitment to providing financial support to nonprofits though the U.S. Bancorp Foundation and works to ensure that the bank meets its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requirements to maintain an Outstanding rating by the OCC. Jill started her banking experience in 1999 as a Branch Manager with Firstar Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. Firstar Bank merged with U.S. Bank and Jill soon had the opportunity to relocate to Southern California 2001. Once in California, Jill worked as the Southwest Region Manager for U.S. Bank’s Campus and Workplace Banking Department through 2004. Next, Jill served as the Project Manager for U.S. Bank’s retail branches in Southern California Region prior to becoming Community Affairs Manager in 2008. Jill is a member of the board of directors for Century Center for Economic Opportunity Youthbuild and LINC Housing and serves on the Advisory Council for City Scholars Foundation as well as the Local Advisory Committee for Enterprise Community Partners. She is also involved in FDIC’s Alliance for Economic Inclusion serving on the Youth Adult Work Group. Jill serves as the Community Involvement Coordinator and past President of U.S. Bank’s Employee Development Network Los Angeles Chapter. She received her B.S. in Marketing and Transportation Logistics from The Ohio State University in 1991.