Real estate attorney Jerold B. Neuman is the new chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
"Neuman brings a new and timely voice to the SCI-Arc leadership," said SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss. "His experience will be especially helpful at the intersection of politics, project funding, and architecture both at SCI-Arc and around the city."
Neuman is a Real Estate and Land Use partner in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and has been the lead negotiator and project coordinator for many of Southern California's large real estate, green energy and infrastructure projects.
A member of the SCI-Arc board since 2006, Neuman succeeds John Geresi, a managing director at JPMorgan Chase, who has served as chairman since 2007.
"Neuman has a long-term commitment to education in general, and to education in planning and architecture, in particular," said Moss. "He is respectful of SCI-Arc's pedigree, but is not reluctant to suggest an evolving future for the school. He's deeply involved with a wide range of current conceptual planning and architecture proposals that will change Los Angeles."
Neuman said he is looking forward to working with Moss and others at SCI-Arc to extend and increase the school's reach and influence with the various constituencies it serves. "I am both humbled and honored to have been selected to Chair SCI-Arc's Board of Trustees. The ability to work with such a distinguished and talented group of people is an exceptional opportunity, and to do it in the service of an institution like SCI-Arc makes that opportunity extraordinary."
Projects in which Neuman has taken a lead role include the Millennium Partners' Capitol Records proposed 1.2 million square foot development, the multi-module retail/entertainment center at Hollywood and Highland, the Walt Disney Company's Grand Central Terminal Corporate Campus, the 110-acre Burbank Empire Center, the Airbus A380 airport readiness program, Element Power's renewable energy placement efforts, and the multi-modal transit facility at Del Mar Station.
He is a Founding Director of Mission Valley Bank and the Co-Chair of Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness. He also serves on the State of California's Economic Strategy Panel, LA's Mixed-Income Housing Technical Advisory Committee and on the boards of a number of civic and charitable organizations. Neuman received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1987; his undergraduate studies were at the University of Arizona.