Global Head of Innovation & Strategy, XR
A trained concert pianist and award-winning content creator, Raffaella Camera is part of the Accenture Extended Reality (XR) practice and serves as the Global Head of Innovation & Strategy at Accenture Interactive.
Ms. Camera creatively shapes Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (XR) offerings, ideates and creates transformative content and scalable XR solutions, manages strategic ecosystem partnerships with technology providers and content creators, and shapes the messaging and positioning for the XR practice. She serves as a speaker on numerous conference panels and as a judge for XR entries for immersive technology awards and film festivals.
Ms. Camera brings more than 20 years of experience in growing and promoting businesses in the digital ecosystem and direct experience in AR, VR, live video, social and ecommerce. Over her career she has helped grow advertising agencies and strategic corporate divisions of digital, entertainment, advertising, ecommerce and emerging technology companies.
Ms. Camera has won multiple awards in advertising and emerging technology, including VR FEST’s “Best VR Commercial/Branded Entertainment”; IDG’s DEMOgod Award for “Best AR Retail Shopping”; as well as Communication Arts and Webby awards. She was one of the three finalists for AR & VR World Summit 2019 “AR & VR Innovator Award”.
An MBA graduate of University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, Ms. Camera is also a trained concert pianist with past performances at a variety of concert halls in Europe and the US. She is currently an active member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Sr. Director Business Development
EVP & Group CEO – Verizon Business
Tami Erwin is executive vice president and group CEO of Verizon Business. She is widely recognized for her strategic impact, marketing and operations focus, technical savvy, and passion for people. As CEO of Verizon Business Group, a $30B+ business with over 26,000 employees that would be among the Fortune 30 if it was a separate entity, she and her teams deliver mission critical solutions to businesses worldwide and operates America’s most reliable wireless network and premier all-fiber network. Tami helps businesses, government, and communities connect to the global economy with intelligent edge solutions and prepare for digital transformation, innovation, and accelerated growth in the 5G era.
Throughout her Verizon career, Tami has earned a reputation for building a world-class culture of customer-centricity and business performance. Prior to being named CEO of Verizon Business Group, Tami played a crucial role in the evolution and growth of Verizon’s wireline and wireless business segments. She was the head of operations for Verizon Wireless, and led Verizon Fios, the nation’s largest residential and commercial fiber network. In those roles, she guided the growth of the company’s principal networks to record levels, delivering industry-leading experiences to consumer and business customers.
Tami is a brand builder known for competitive turnarounds and market-moving strategies. Earlier in her career, she was Chief Marketing Officer of Verizon Wireless. In that role, she launched the industry-shaping “Share Everything” pricing program, driving significant growth, and initiated a company-wide branding and culture transformation with the ultimate goal of positioning Verizon as a global leader in communications, entertainment and technology.
Corporate and charitable leadership
Tami leads by example in advocating for women, social fairness and equal opportunity. She is passionate about technology’s role in improving the ways that people live, learn, work and play. Tami is a champion of development and engagement programs for women in business and investment in STEM programs for students. Tami was the executive sponsor of Women of Wireless, the employee development program that due to its success, broadened into the global Women of the World initiative. The seven-month program inspires and advances Verizon’s future female leaders by developing self-leadership, effective communication, critical thinking, career ownership, and personal brand.
As the executive sponsor of Verizon’s Veterans employee resource group, Tami provides strategic oversight of the programs and resources the company provides to its more than 10,000 veterans, active reservists and military families. She champions Verizon's employee engagement with the military community through volunteerism partnerships like the Wounded Warrior Project, Carry the Load, and Operation Gratitude.
Tami is active in Verizon’s Leadership Excellence Advancement Program and serves on the Paley Media Center Board of Trustees and the board of the Verizon Foundation. In addition, she is honored to have served as the vice chairman of Chrysalis in Phoenix and vice chair of CommNexus in San Diego. She was recently named to Fortune’s 2019 Most Powerful Women “On Our Radar” List.
Personal and educational background
Tami is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and attended Pacific Union College, majoring in Business Administration. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Tami and her husband Darrell have two adult children and now call New Jersey home.
Silicon Valley Bank
Based in SVB's Santa Monica office, Managing Director Alejandro (Al) Guerrero works with portfolio companies and their management teams to help them build their vision for the future and succeed. Al’s experience in business creation, business and corporate development and investing, when combined with his proven ability and passion for increasing profits helps him work with early-stage tech startups throughout Los Angeles’ thriving ecosystem. He’s especially looking forward to leveraging more than a decade of experience in the Media & Entertainment vertical to help move forward some of LA’s most innovative companies.
Before joining SVB in 2017, Al managed business development, sales and operations for URWelcome, a venture capital–backed startup. Prior to that, he was co-founder and general partner at Technicolor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund. Before starting the fund, Al led Technicolor’s Innovation Lab and served as head, operations & strategy for the company’s visual effects and animation business where he played a pivotal role in increasing revenue 4x and improving margins to best in the industry. Earlier in his career, Al was an investment banking associate at Merrill Lynch & Company. He earned a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
A first-generation American, Al grew up eating well – as his family owned and operated a popular Mexican restaurant in Berkeley. Married with three children who have inherited a culinary talent of their own, he remains a huge Golden State Warriors and Cal fan, despite having lived in SoCal for the past 15 years. In his spare time, Al assists the Robert Toigo Foundation, an organization focused on career advancement for underrepresented talent in the finance industry.
(UCLA ’10, ’14)
Designer Mixed Reality & AI
Brandon Harper is an Ambient Experience Designer focused on innovative human centered approaches that leverage perceptive technologies in physical spaces to help enhance interactions within them. He currently works as a designer on Microsoft’s Hololens team defining future sentient experiences. His work at Microsoft has also included the ethical implications of introducing emerging technologies into our physical environments and ecosystem. Prior to Microsoft he was a multi-disciplinary designer at Disney defining new ways of location-based design process with storytelling and immersion. He has two Architectural Degrees from UCLA.
Director of Efficacy & Research
Kelli Millwood Hill is the Director of Efficacy & Research at Khan Academy where she drives the efficacy and research agenda by executing practical, yet rigorous, studies to provide evidence of impact and improve efficacy. She served as a panelist to revise the mathematics framework for the National Assessment for Educational Progress. Prior to joining Khan Academy, Dr. Hill spent 10 years at Pearson evaluating the impact K12 interventions in the US and abroad. Before Pearson, she conducted program evaluations of various technology initiatives as part of one of the Regional Educational Labs and a small EdTech consulting firm. Her Ph.D. and M.A. are in education from UCLA and her B.A. is in psychology and statistics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Chief Strategy Officer
Raj Kapoor is the Chief Strategy Officer for Lyft, as well as the Head of Business for Lyft’s self-driving division. He also serves as a board advisor for ClassPass, and a Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund.
Prior to Lyft, he was a co-founder and CEO of both Snapfish (acquired by HP in 2005) and Fitmob (acquired by ClassPass in 2015), as well as a managing director at Mayfield Fund. Raj holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School
Matt Kerbel (’11)
Head of Marketing & Brand Strategy
Matt Kerbel (’11) is the Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy at Canoo, a Los Angeles based company creating electric vehicles (EV) for subscription only. Canoo's first vehicle will launch in 2021 and was designed for a future of urban mobility that is electric, shared and autonomous. Prior to joining Canoo, Matt’s career spanned marketing leadership roles at global corporations such as General Mills and Activision, as well as direct-to-consumer challenger brands including Lyft and MeUndies. In 2019, Matt was selected by Brand Innovators as a 40 Under 40 recipient within the Southwest US, recognized for growing disruptive technology brands. An ardent believer in purpose-led marketing, Matt has earned a reputation for building community-centric brands stewarded by incredibly passionate, high-performing teams. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, followed by his MBA from UCLA Anderson. Matt is the proud father of two boys, husband to Ashley (Anderson ’12) and was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.
Chief Data Officer
UCLA Health Information Technology
Dr. Mahbouba is a Healthcare Analytics and Business Intelligence leader with over fifteen years of experience in building analytic solutions for large and complex organizations. Dr. Mahbouba is a physician by education and training and with master’s degree in Information Technology.
As Chief Data Officer, Dr. Mahbouba currently leads UCLA Health Office of Health Informatics & Analytics (OHIA) and is responsible for defining, communicating, and implementing UCLA’s Business Intelligence and Analytics strategy across the Health Sciences enterprise to support the healthcare, education, research and community outreach missions of the organization.
Before joining UCLA Health, Dr. Mahbouba served as Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare Informatics at McKesson Specialty Health. He also served as the Senior Medical Director, Clinical Analytics with responsibility for leading the Clinical Analytics team supporting clinically-oriented initiatives and programs across the McKesson.
Prior to McKesson, Dr. Mahbouba managed the data coordination center for the Heart Health and Heredity study at Stanford University School of Medicine; a case-control, genetic-epidemiological, multi-center study that recruited and characterized over 4,000 participants.
Sr. Director Enterprise Content
Amy Peck is Sr. Director of Enterprise Content at HTC Vive Studios, the content and solutions arm of HTC Vive. Amy founded and built EndeavorVR into a leading global VR/AR (XR) strategy & consulting firm. She is a recognized thought-leader in the space and speaks globally on the future of XR and exponential technologies. She has deep connections within the industry and works with Fortune 500 companies, digital media/production companies and tech startups on XR strategy, content, development, product and GTM.
Amy holds several Advisory Board roles:
Geo.Network, Volumetric Geospatial Control
VantagePoint, VR Sexual Harassment Training
Crucible: Digital Identity and Data
XR Marin Leadership Council
Virtual World Society Ambassador
AREA (Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance)
Amy is a venture partner at the Capital Region XR Accelerator, Founding Co-chair of the VRARA Enterprise Committee. She is an active mentor to entrepreneurs and member of several Women in Tech, Venture-backed Accelerators & STEM Education organizations.
Amy's true passion for this technology emerged at Leap Motion where she launched the Enterprise division working with clients across every major vertical including healthcare, entertainment, retail, hospitality, education and government.
It became clear that there was a need to help foster XR development in the commercial arena and more importantly, shepherd these critical early wins. EndeavorVR was conceived for this very purpose.
Amy’s forte is distilling complex technologies into meaningful solutions across multiple verticals and business lines, delivering strategy and resources at scale. Amy’s focus at Vive is to engage the top content creators, designers, developers and platform partners to bring best in class XR solutions to enterprise. She continues her work with Fortune 500 companies, focused on combining XR, 5G, AI, Blockchain and other emerging tech to shape an impactful future. Amy works tirelessly to instill a positive vision of future tech and to inspire action on a global level.
Her own personal mission is to see technology accessible to all - fundamentally improving every aspect of our lives - elevating the way we work, learn, communicate and play.
Calvin Selth (he/him) is the Program Lead for AnnenbergTech at the Annenberg Foundation. AnnenbergTech is an initiative that explores how the intersection of technology and philanthropy can benefit Los Angeles, with a specific focus on accelerating social mobility and bringing together nonprofits and the private sector to address our city’s most critical issues. Calvin is a native of Southern California, the descendant of migrants from the American South and Australia, and was privileged to grow up in a bilingual (Spanish/English) environment. When he was 15, he founded his high school’s first-ever Gay Straight Alliance, still going strong nearly 20 years later. At Cornell University, he was a Mellon-Mays Fellow and studied social mobility and the formation of racial categories in colonial Latin America. Calvin has diverse experiences in K-8 education, talent recruitment, nonprofit management, development, and philanthropy and is committed to increasing equity and opportunity for all Angelenos
Amy Sommerlatt (’16)
Director of Global Operations
Amy Sommerlatt (’16) is Director for Global Operations at Tala, which provides a mobile platform expanding financial access and choice for the underbanked in emerging markets. Prior to Tala, Amy worked in Nairobi as a consultant helping social enterprise startups launch new products and services to rural farmers. She previously worked at Google and YouTube on elections and digital media strategy. Amy earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson in 2016.
Sachin Thadani (’17)
Director of Consumer Insights and Innovation
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sachin Thadani is a Director of Consumer Insights and Innovation at Sony Pictures Entertainment, a global creator and distributor of film and television content. As part of Consumer Insights & Innovation, Sachin leads a team of strategists that collaborates with data scientists to help launch television shows. They look to understand the crux of consumer behavior in order to better capture and retain audiences, as well as evaluate ideal distribution channels to reach audiences. Additionally, his team leads innovation for the distribution division. They identify and develop new distribution models, content formats, and emerging marketing models through collaborations with the startup community and strategic partners, as well as by organically testing initiatives.
Prior to his current role, he was part of Strategy & Business Development for the home entertainment market and built greenlight models, developed strategic plans, and assisted with acquisitions such as the recent purchase of Funimation. He previously worked at Cornerstone Research as an economic consultant and earned his bachelor’s degrees from U.C. Berkeley in Economics and in Business and his MBA from the UCLA, with a focus in Technology.
Head of Mobility Solutions
City of LA / Mayor's Office
Julia recently joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office, where she is liaison to the transportation technology community, and drives public-private initiatives focused on mobility innovation. Previously, Julia led Innovation and Technology for Cities at Siemens US, managing a team of designers, engineers, and researchers in consulting, development, and implementation of infrastructure technology projects. Projects were cross-sector, spanning energy, mobility, buildings, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and ranging from planning for electric, autonomous, and shared mobility, to designing use cases for data platforms and advanced analytic applications. Julia has authored more than 20 publications on the topic of technology and cities; has been featured in FastCo, Quartz, Washington Post, and CityLab, among other media outlets; and has been recognized as a subject matter expert and as a young leader by universities and organizations in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, DC. She holds a Master’s degree in City Design, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from Emory University in Atlanta, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Peter Trepp ('98)
CEO & President
FaceFirst Face Recognition Software
Terry Kramer (B.A., '82)
Faculty Director, Easton Technology
Adjunct Professor of DOTM
A graduate of UCLA (B.A., '82) and Harvard Business School, Terry Kramer has extensive technology and leadership expertise in the domestic and international telecommunications industry. Since beginning his career at Harris Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton, Kramer has held executive roles in AirTouch, PacTel and Vodafone globally. At Vodafone, he was the group strategy officer, group HR officer and chief of staff. He was also regional president of Vodafone Americas, with responsibilities for oversight of Vodafone's 45% interest in Verizon Wireless and Vodafone's venture capital activities. He also served on the Executive Committee at Vodafone Group Plc.
During his tenure at Vodafone, he and his family moved no fewer than eight times to locations that included London, The Hague, Dallas, Phoenix and San Francisco. The benefit: "Living in so many different places, working in so many fundamentally different environments gave me a new appreciation of contextual leadership - how leaders must be adept at assessing the different context of each leadership role to ensure a dynamic nature to their style, achieving success for that unique environment."
While serving as an entrepreneur in residence at the Harvard Business School between 2011 and 2013, Kramer was appointed by President Obama to serve as Ambassador, Head of U.S. Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications in June 2012. This delegation formulated and communicated the U.S. policy regarding the criticality of a free and open internet as well as an inclusive, multistakeholder governance, the need to proactively address cybersecurity threats and the need for liberalized, open markets that encourage global accelerated broadband access. The conference was covered by CNBC, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
No stranger to the field of academia (his parents were teachers), Kramer jumped at the opportunity to work at UCLA Anderson, as it provided "a chance to engage with the next generation of leaders." An adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson since 2013, Kramer is a full-time faculty member, teaching the foundational technology management course, covering the impact of disruptive innovation on products, services, markets and competition, and another course on the evolution and innovation in the mobile communications industry and promising areas of innovation. He is also a faculty advisor in the Global Access Program and Strategic Management Research program. Kramer serves on the boards of TeleSign and TangoCard and on the advisory boards of RapidSOS and Textpert, as well as the Harvard Business School California Research Center, UCLA Economics Department board of visitors and Larkin Street Youth Services.
Originally from San Carlos, California, Kramer and his wife, Suzan, currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, from which he commutes to Los Angeles regularly. Together they have developed a family foundation focused on education, health and human services, which "reflects our views about the impact of youth and education on our collective future."
President & Founder
Montgomery Advisory, LLC
Michael J. Montgomery is an advisor and investor in early stage companies, an active board member, and a Lecturer at the Anderson School of Business. Michael was the Co-Founder and President of Montgomery & Co., LLC, a boutique investment bank focused on media and technology, from 1993 through 2013. The Investment Bank specialized in M&A and equity financings for private and occasional public companies. Montgomery & Co. became known for its focus on the intersection of media and technology. Montgomery & Co. merged its operations into Signal Hill in 2013.
He received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1977), where he holds a BA degree as a Rufus Choate Scholar with magna cum laude honors.
Trish Halamandaris (’92)
Anderson Venture Accelerator
Trish Halamandaris (’92)
Director, Anderson Venture Accelerator
MBA, Marketing and Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management
BS, Finance and Accounting, University of California, Berkeley
Trish Halamandaris returned to UCLA Anderson in 2017 as the Director of the Anderson Venture Accelerator. The Anderson Venture Accelerator provides opportunities for UCLA students, researchers and alumni to translate their entrepreneurial visions into innovative solutions that benefit society. Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors, Anderson students and faculty work with Accelerator teams to support the development of their early stage ventures and connect teams to members of well-developed networks in the entrepreneurial and early stage investing communities. At least one member of each team has an affiliation with UCLA, as a student, researcher or alumni. Trish is an award winning chief marketing officer and accomplished manager, with an exceptional track record of achievement in organizations that have ranged from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, she was head of cloud marketing for Amazon’s video game vertical, and previously was CMO for XPRIZE, where she developed a number of corporate partnerships that stimulated innovation and investment. Earlier in her career, she served as vice president of global marketing for the Walt Disney Company and MGM, and in marketing roles for such iconic brands as Electronic Arts, Dreyer’s Ice Cream and P&G. Her entrepreneurial endeavors have included management roles in high growth startups in the digital health/wellness and recreational vehicle sectors. Trish earned a BS in finance and accounting from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, and her MBA in marketing and finance from UCLA Anderson.
John Blevins (’11)
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management
John R. Blevins (J.B.) ('11) is an assistant adjunct professor who teaches strategic management for technology-based businesses. He specializes in emerging technologies that are disrupting traditional business models, including cloud computing, big data, social media, analytics, mobility and technology convergence. With his extensive industry experience, Blevins brings together high-technology sectors, such as aerospace, biotechnology, computer engineering, information technology, software/hardware and telecommunications, with the resources of UCLA Anderson, its students and faculty.
"Technology advances are creating new business opportunities and disrupting existing business models, enabling economic growth potential we've never seen before," says Blevins. "Today's management leadership must be willing to embrace the rapid pace of change and drive faster innovation. Through an incredible combination of research and adjunct professors, we offer a variety of courses, seminars, workshops, executive programs and industry engagement events that prepares our students for the challenges they face."
Blevins' work experience includes roles at Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Oracle and Shell Oil, where he held a variety of technology and management positions based in Houston, Dallas, New York, Miami, London and Los Angeles. He provides consulting services to the technology, telecommunications, media/entertainment, financial services, energy, CPG, health care, manufacturing and automotive industries and the public sector. He has expertise in strategy development, business-technology alignment, framework creation, venture capital investment decisions and new business model creation. Blevins speaks at academic and industry events covering technology-driven market changes, technology management leadership and other topics.
Blevins is the founder of Navigation Pointe, which provides advisory services and venture capital funding to the emerging technologies industry. He has a B.S. in civil engineering with heavy concentration in speech communications from the University of Alabama, as well as an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.