California Diversity Council Announces the Top 50 Northern & Southern California Diverse Leaders

Nov 30, 2020 9:00 AM ET
Press Release

Calif., November 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ - The California Diversity Council announces the Top 50 Northern and Southern California Diverse Leaders, a distinctive list of individuals from diverse fields who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities. The focus of the award is to give prominence to the accomplishments of men and women who exceed the scope of what is expected in their organizations and communities. These individuals continue to excel in the workforce and are inspiring others to reach their highest potential.  

“The Top 50 California Diverse Leaders recognize those that are changemakers working towards equity for all,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “We are proud of their leadership excellence and commitment to creating pathways for all to succeed.”

2019 Award recipient Caroline Winn, COO of Sempra Energy says, “My experience rising through the engineering field inspired my passion for building a diverse and inclusive company culture,” said SDG&E Chief Operating Officer Caroline Winn. “I am proud to work for a company that knows diversity isn’t just about checking a box. It’s about cultivating a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve; it’s about championing people; and it’s about building a better business.” 

The Top 50 California Diverse Leaders Award is based on the following criteria:

  • Serve as a role model for other individuals in the profession by setting the example in ways that are consistent with shared values and goals of their respective organizations.

  • Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust through employee inclusion and teamwork.

  • Challenge the norm by investigating and formulating challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate and improve the organization’s mission and overall goals.

  • Inspire a shared vision by developing and communicating his/her vision for the future, and engaging others to actively participate in accomplishing that vision.

To see the complete criteria description  and award winners, visit

Top 50 California Diverse Leaders 


  • Adrien Lopez Lanusse, VP Consumer Insights, Netflix

  • Allen Lo, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Products, IP, and Legal Operations, Facebook

  • Amrita Ahuja, Chief Financial Officer, Square

  • Andrew Kim, General Counsel and SVP Corporate Development, Netgear 

  • Ben Lui, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, On Lok

  • Brian Wong, VP, Deputy General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary, PG&E

  • Christal Bemont, Chief Executive Officer, Talend Inc 

  • Christine Park, Chief People Officer, Sitecore    

  • Dara Treseder, SVP Global Head of Marketing, Peloton 

  • David Fields, EVP Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Sunset Development Company

  • David Jones, CHRO, Stanford Healthcare

  • Dick Daniels, EVP and Chief Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente

  • Elizabeth Xu, CTO, SVP, BMC Software    

  • Janice Zdankus, VP Innovation for Social Impact, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

  • Jennifer Cabalquinto, Chief Financial Officer, Golden State Warriors

  • Joydeep Ganguly, SVP Corporate Operations, Gilead Sciences

  • Julie Haddon, SVP Global Brand & Consumer Marketing, National Football League

  • Kenneth West, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Medical Center of San Jose

  • Landon Edmond, SVP & General Counsel, SAP

  • Levi Garraway, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Head of Product Development, Genentech

  • Liz King, Chief Revenue Officer, Quantum

  • Louis Stewart, Chief Innovation Officer- Executive Leader, City of Sacramento

  • Mary Francis, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, Chevron

  • Mary Stutts, SVO Corporate Relations, Sumitovant BioPharma

  • Michael Mathias, Executive vice president and Chief Information Officer, Blue Shield of California

  • Miriam Warren, Senior Vice President, Yelp

  • Prakash Kota, Chief Information Officer, Autodesk

  • Ruth Cotter, SVP, World-wide Marketing, Human Resources (HR) and Investor Relations (IR) Advanced Micro Devices

  • Satish Malhotra, Chief Retail Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Sephora

  • Sonya Echols, Vice President HR, Comcast

  • Sheila Antrum, SVP/COO, UCSF Medical Center

  • Wendell Ferguson, IT Director Strategy & Operations, Blue Shield of California


  • Alissa Lieppman, Vice President of Planning and Culture, NFL

  • Andy Carrasco,V.P., Strategy & Engagement and Chief Enviro Officer, Southern California Gas Company

  • Brian Kuramoto, Vice President, Modis

  • Carla Peterman, Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison 

  • Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

  • Christine Kurek, Vice President Legal, Activision Blizzard

  • Christine McCauley, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, Edwards Lifesciences

  • Christine Tucker, Vice President of Marketing, Pacific Life

  • Cynthia Patton, Senior Vice President, Amgen

  • David Gan, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, AECOM

  • Deirdre McCready, Executive Vice President, Sales & Special Events, Live Nation Entertainment

  • Derrick Waters, Regional Vice President of Operations, UPS

  • Diana Hoskins Schildhouse, SVP Global Strategy, Insights, and Analytics, Mattel

  • Eryn Doherty, Seasoned Labor Relations & Employee Relations EVP, NBCUniversal Media LLC

  • Fernando Claussen, VP & General Manager, Taco Bell

  • Greg Smith, SVP Human Resources, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Harish Raju, Vice President of Digital Transformation, Smart Energy Solutions

  • Jennifer F. Jett, VP of Governance & Corporate Secretary, Sempra Energy

  • Jimmy Cheung, SVP of Technology, Experian

  • Jinhy Yoon, Executive Vice President and Credit Analyst 

  • JuJuan Timberlake, VP of Distribution Operations, Michael Kors

  • Julia Sohn, Vice President Human Resources, SchoolsFirst Credit Union

  • Keith Dunnell, Regional Vice President, Salesforce

  • Lauren Kelly, CMO and Corporate Strategist, The Irvine Company

  • Leon Clark, VP and General Manager, The EW Scripps Company

  • Marcus Tom, Chief Operating Officer, Jack-In-The-Box

  • Maureen Klepfer, VP of Sales, Distillery

  • Michael Swanson, Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal

  • Michele Allegretto, Glaukos Corp

  • Natalie White, Senior Vice President, LA Sparks

  • Nomsa Khalfanim PhD, Executive Vice President, Essential Access Health

  • Prasanna Prasad, SVP Engineering and Center Head, InMobi

  • Reema Poddar, Chief Digital Transformation Officer and Board Member, OptimEyes AI

  • Richard L. Benbow III, Regional Vice President, Western Governors University

  • Sam Sindha, Senior Vice President, T-Mobile

  • Samantha Bricker, Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles World Airports

  • Shane Norman, Executive Vice President, Wayfarer Entertainment

  • Shannon Sullivan, SVP Talent and Organization, Hulu

  • Sharon Tomkins, VP of Sustainability, Sempra Energy

  • Sun Kim,SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Inphi

  • Susan Tousi, SVP and Chief Product Officer, Illumina

  • Tabassum Zalotrawala, Chief Development Officer, Chipotle

  • Tommy Jones, Vice President of Facilities and Operations Services, Disneyland Resort

  • Vinele Grana, VP of WW Exhibitor Partnerships, Sony Pictures Entertainment

About The California Diversity Council

A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.  More information about the California Diversity Council is available at

Media Contact:
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National Diversity Council