Board of Directors
Project ECHO is a non-profit organization governed by a diverse Board of Directors. Once elected on-to the Board, members serve for a three- year term. ECHO is extremely grateful to its board members who are truly engaged through out the year with our programs, services and events.
(Photo caption: The full board participated in a day-long strategic planning meeting where members were challenged to ideate and create a vision for ECHO’s growth. Special thanks to the CORO Foundation for leading the event).
Julie Broady, Vice Chair & Board Treasurer
Julie Broady serves as a Regional Vice President at South Coast Wealth Management. She is a dedicated wealth management executive with more than 20 years experience specializing in customized client service for retirement. Prior to becoming a wealth manager, Julie was a senior accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Julie earned a BS in Economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Julie is very active in Toastmasters International where she most recently served as District Director for Western LA County. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Freedom Writers Foundation as well. She has been an active volunteer with ECHO and joined the board in 2019.
Scott Fennel is a co-founder of Level 11, LLC, a boutique consulting firm focused on creating strategy and providing execution for B2B and B2C companies and products. Scott also develops new business models/products and takes management and equity positions in outside emerging companies. Prior to Level 11, Mr. Fennel practiced law for 14 years specializing in intellectual property and entertainment law monetizing intellectual property assets. Mr. Fennel received his B.A. from Abilene Christian University, and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Lee Fox, Chair of the Board of Directors
As a “youth advocacy architect,” Lee Fox has dedicated the last decade of her career to designing youth engagement and empowerment stratagems. Her work has been featured by the United Nations Research Institute in “Youth Media & Participation”; Mashable; PSKF’s “The Future Of Gaming” report; and in a New York best-selling book, “Millennial Momentum: How A New Generation Is Remaking America,” among others. PeerSpring was founded in January 2015 with the mission of closing the skills-gap for the next generation. Through a Project-Based Learning platform, students using PeerSpring develop critical 21st century literacies by solving real-world problems. Lee’s expertise in generational trends, drivers of popular culture, emerging social finance vehicles, peer-to-peer economies, digital currencies and the future of philanthropy has also enabled national speaking engagements, including TEDx.
Dustin Gale, Immediate-Past Board Chair
Dustin Gale, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, is a Senior Wealth Advisor at Kayne Anderson Rudnick, In this capacity, Dustin focuses on providing a full range of private wealth management techniques for high net-worth individuals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, their businesses and their charitable endeavors. Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2015, Dustin was a Vice President, Private Banker for Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management Group, where he provided investment management services to high net worth individuals and their businesses. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Finance, from the University of Arizona. He holds his Series 7, 66, and California Health and Life Insurance licenses.
Chip Goodman, Co-Founder
Chip Goodman co-founded Project ECHO with his wife Vicky in 1996 and he continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He is the founder and president of School-Link Technologies, a leading provider of K-12 cafeteria technology and offers business solutions to school food service operations. Mr. Goodman has spent his entire professional career in the food service industry as both a food service vendor and a software developer. An entrepreneur himself, Mr. Goodman believes in the importance of developing and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in youth. He founded Project ECHO in 1996, in order to provide a vehicle for a meaningful hands-on education and to offer an alternative approach to learning life skills. Mr. Goodman received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. He and his wife Vicky reside in Santa Monica and they have two grown children.
Jeff Kravitz is currently a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP where he focuses his practice on business and intellectual property, entertainment, and technology matters. Prior to joining Fox in February, Kravitz was a partner in the intellectual property and entertainment practices at Silver & Freedman and at Lord Bissell & Brook LLP, where he was managing partner from 1999-2002, in Los Angeles. Active in the legal community, Kravitz is a member of the Los Angeles Copyright & Trademark Society, the British American Business Council, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and the American Bar Association Sub-Committee on Communications Law. In the past, Kravitz has served as director for the Westwood Homeowners Association, and was on the board of directors for The Westside Congregation (Kehillat Ma’arav). Kravitz was recently named a Top 10 Entertainment IP Lawyer by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal, and he has been selected consistently as a Southern California Intellectual Property “Super Lawyer” since 2003. Kravitz received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Per Sjofors (bio coming soon)
LA native and serial entrepreneur Devan Sood has been innovating since age 14. Unlimited Ltd. Clothing, his first company, was launched in 9th grade. In less than 3 years, Unlimited Ltd. was sold in a dozen countries, involved in 4 global charities, and endorsed by celebrities such as Deepak Chopra. After the success of his first company, Sood started to strengthen his digital marketing skills and opened a marketing consulting practice specializing in digital marketing to gen-y and gen-z. Sood landed himself as a consultant at a social platform, and identified gen-z as the next untapped social media consumer. Sood continued to explore social media technologies, and after a bit of refinement, Sood‘s latest passion project comes from his deep roots in social media.
David Tokofsky has a long history within public education. He previously taught at John Marshall High School and led the school to LAUSD’s first national championship in the United States Academic Decathlon. He has earned numerous awards including the California’s teacher of the year earning the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship from the US Department of Education, fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, Stanford University and a Fulbright Hays Fellowship. He served on the LAUSD School Board from 1995-1997. David is an alum of U.C. Berkeley.
Miles Warren, (bio coming soon)
Jeff Weigel, Secretary
Jeff Weigel, Co-Founder of the Road Warrior Group, has spent 40 years in sales and marketing in electronics technology companies. He is Founding Partner of the Road Warrior Group, LLC, consulting with European companies on North American markets. He previously served as Vice President of Strategic Sales at Vitesse, a semiconductor start-up where he made their first sales and helped take the company to S&P 500 status. He was also Managing Director – Europe at Vitesse Semiconductor, located in Munich.