Leadership

Officers

Lowell Milken
Chairman and Co-Founder

Richard Sandler
Executive Vice President and Secretary

Ralph Finerman
Senior Vice President and Treasurer

Dr. Jane Foley
Senior Vice President, Milken Educator Awards

Bonnie Somers
Senior Vice President of Communications, Milken Family Foundation

Lawrence Lesser
Senior Vice President, Creative Services

Richard Yee
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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

Gary Panas
Vice President of Design


Directors

Lowell Milken
Chairman and Co-Founder

Michael Milken
President and Co-Founder

Richard Sandler
Executive Vice President and Secretary

Ralph Finerman
Senior Vice President and Treasurer

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

Roosevelt Grier
Program Director of Community Affairs

Lynda Resnick
Board Member

Lori Milken
Board Member

Dr. Thomas C. Boysen
Education Consultant

Ellen Sandler
Board Member

Mariano Guzmán
Board Member

Ferne Milken
Board Member

Gregory A. Milken
Board Member

Katherine Nouri Hughes
Board Member

Bonnie Somers

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As senior vice president of communications for the Milken Family Foundation, Bonnie Somers is privileged to lead a talented team in media, marketing and public affairs. She has directed several award-winning marketing campaigns, including those for the Milken Educator Awards’ national 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 contributions to TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.

The fact that the Milken Family Foundation and its affiliated initiatives have education at their core resonates deeply with Bonnie. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1911 and sent six grandchildren to college. As a special education teacher, Bonnie’s mother made a profound difference in young lives. And as a mother herself to three sons, Bonnie wants every child to have access to a great teacher. Her own education includes a B.A. at Pomona College and both a master's in public relations and an MBA from the University of Southern California where she was named her a Commerce Associates Fellow.

Bonnie’s diverse background prior to MFF combined corporate, nonprofit and agency experience. For 12 years, she ran Somers Communications, serving clients ranging from the Los Angeles Times in Education to the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.