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Strauss Family Reflections

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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ANKUR LUTHRA

  • Graduate of Berkeley (University Medalist), Harvard Business School (Soros Fellow), and Oxford (Rhodes Scholar)

  • CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Finchwood Capital, an investment firm in San Francisco

  • Board of Directors of Ceiba Public Schools and Omprakash.org

  • Strauss Scholar 2002; the award funded his project "Bridging the Digital Divide" focused on getting underprivileged youth computers and a computer education

  • Selected as one of the first Strauss Scholars to serve on the Board of Trustees

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SALLY REEDER

  • Graduate of UCLA

  • Former Admissions Testing Consultant for Campbell Hall School, North Hollywood, CA

  • Board Member, Rock 1 Kidney (www.rock1kidney.org) an online website that promotes organ donation

  • Award winning Quilter

  • Lifelong friend of the Strauss family.

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DUNCAN STRAUSS

  • Graduate of UC Davis

  • Former journalist/critic for the Los Angeles Times

  • Co-owner of Strauss-McGarr Entertainment - manages comedians, operates a comedy club

  • Hosts Talking Animals, an NPR radio show about animals and animal issues

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GORDON STRAUSS

  • Graduate of Stanford University and NYU Medical School

  • Formerly on psychiatry faculty at UCLA Medical School

  • Currently practices and teaches psychiatry at University of Louisville

  • Swims for exercise; indulges taste for gourmet food to overcome the beneficial effects of swimming

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MATTHEW STRAUSS

  • Graduate of Vassar College and California Western School of Law

  • Attorney practicing in San Diego

  • Son of Gordon Strauss and eldest grandson of Don and Dorothy Strauss

  • Inherited Don and Dorothy’s love of playing in the ocean

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NANCY STRAUSS TIETGE

  • Graduate of UC Santa Barbara

  • M.P.H. from San Diego State University

  • Trying to become proficient in Spanish

  • Has the Strauss love of travel

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ARAM NADJARIAN

  • Graduate of Loyola Marymount University (Summa Cum Laude) and University of Sussex (Rotary Scholar)

  • Former Chief of Staff to California EPA Secretary & Senior Policy Advisor to Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger 

  • Managing Partner of Mozaic Media & Communications, a national Public Relations & Advocacy Firm 

  • 2005 Strauss Scholar - Project focused on Bringing Education & Career Opportunities to Juvenile Hall Youth in LA County (2005 National Telly Award Recipient for Documentary Aram produced on his journey)

  • Selected as one of  the first Strauss Scholars to serve on the Board of Trustees

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JENNIFER G. WILSON

  • UCLA Professor in the Honors Program for 35 years; recently retired

  • Held leadership positions and received awards for teaching, advocacy of writing in the curriculum, and contributions to the special series of courses called the Honors Collegium

  • Believes that commitment to the public good very much includes discovering what it means to live a significant life

  • As the campus representative for the Strauss Scholarship, launched all 25 of the UCLA Strauss Scholars in the first 20 years of the Foundation.

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