Professional Staff

Professional Staff

Lowell Milken
Chairman and Co-Founder

Richard Sandler
Executive Vice President and Secretary

Lawrence Lesser
Senior Vice President, Creative Services

Dr. Jane Foley
Senior Vice President, Milken Educator Awards

Ralph Finerman
Senior Vice President and Treasurer

Bonnie Somers
Senior Vice President of Communications, Milken Family Foundation

Joni Milken-Noah
Vice President, Mike's Math Club

Gary Panas
Vice President of Design

Dahlia Geilman
Program Director, Grants

Bonnie Somers

Bonnie Somers Edit profile

As senior vice president of communications for the Milken Family Foundation, Bonnie Somers oversees media relations, publications, websites, and a variety of editorial services. She has directed several award-winning marketing and public relations campaigns, including the Milken Educator Awards notifications and the Ferne Milken Youth & Sports Complex. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching honored Bonnie with a 2013 TAP Distinguished Service Award for her commitment to TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.

Bonnie’s diverse background combines corporate, nonprofit and agency experience. She managed creative services for a cosmetics subsidiary of the Gillette Company, and national marketing for Hahn/Trizec in retail development. For 12 years, she ran Somers Communications, serving clients ranging from the Los Angeles Times in Education to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Bonnie earned a B.A. at Pomona College, then a master's in public relations and an MBA from the University of Southern California, where she was named a Commerce Associates Fellow.