Meet the Larta Institute Team

Rohit Shukla - Founder & CEO

Rohit Shukla

Founder & CEO

Carlos Gutierrez - Chief Strategy Officer

Carlos Gutierrez

Chief Strategy Officer

Judy Hsieh- Director, Life Sciences Practice

Judy Hsieh

Director, Life Sciences Practice

David Berokoff - Director, Energy Practice

David Berokoff

Director, Energy Practice

Nickolay Kolev - Director, Information Services & Software Architect

Nickolay Kolev

Director, Information Services & Software Architect

Vaishali Paliwal - Associate Director, Energy Practice

Vaishali Paliwal

Associate Director, Energy Practice

William Yu - Controller

William Yu

Controller

Christina Connor - Human Resources Manager

Christina Conner

Human Resources Manager

Laura Cheek - Senior Manager, Marketing & Brand Strategy

Laura Cheek

Senior Manager, Marketing & Brand Strategy

Josefina Correa - Program Manager, Life Sciences Practice

Josefina Correa

Program Management Consultant, Life Sciences Practice

Cristian Cardenas - Senior Business Development Associate

Cristian Cardenas

Senior Business Development Associate

Kashvi Kumar - Senior Programs Associate

Kashvi Kumar

Senior Programs Associate

Lars Panquin - Program Associate, Sustainability Practice

Lars Panquin

Program Associate, Sustainability Practice

Ayelet Marom - Program Manager, Sustainability Practice

Ayelet Marom

Program Manager, Sustainability Practice

Rajiv Pardiwala

Rajiv Pardiwala

Software Engineer

Cindy Rodriguez Mora

Cindy Rodriguez Mora

Junior Accountant

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Aaron Teitelbaum

Senior Programs Associate, Energy Practice

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robert Ashley - Chairman of the Board

Robert Ashley

Chairman of the Board

Robert is Chairman of the Board at Larta. He is an independent investor, has been a member of numerous boards and has undertaken a number of consulting projects, both domestic and international. He retired from TRW where he was Group VP and General Manager for all non-defense electronic equipment, software and services, worldwide. He served on the Board of Directors of fifteen TRW owned or affiliated companies in ten countries and helped found and manage many joint ventures with partners such as Olivetti (Italy), Matra (France), Fujitsu (U.S.), Canadian Development Corporation (U.K.), and Mitsumi (Japan).
Timothy J. Cooley - Board Member

Timothy J. Cooley

Board Member

Timothy has over 40 years of investment, management and strategic planning experience with companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. His career includes positions with IBM, E.F. Hutton, the Pacific Stock Exchange, Regis McKenna Inc., and Ernst & Young. He is a strategic business advisor and an expert in issues related to regional economic competitiveness. He is also the current Director of Capital Development at The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Elliot Gordon - Board Member

Elliot Gordon

Board Member

Elliot served as a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International, the world’s leading executive search firm until he retired after working at the firm for 29 years. He has also published numerous articles and given presentations on various business topics. Currently, Elliot also serves on the board of directors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
Shezad Rokerya - Board Member

Shezad Rokerya

Board Member

Shezad has been a global investor and financier for 29 years. He is Executive Chairman of The Interlink Group, a 29-year-old merchant bank with over $75 billion in transactional experience. Direct investment experience across multiple asset classes including financial services, real estate, healthcare, telecom, media, technology and energy where equity requirements range from $100 million to $1 billion per transaction. Counseled political leadership, foreign governments, sovereign wealth funds, and Fortune 100 CEO's on strategic and investment matters; In 2005, he was elected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, a forum chaired by Queen Rania of Jordan. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Said School of Business at Oxford University.
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Caprice Young, Ed.D

Board Member

Dr. Caprice Young is the National Superintendent for Learn4Life Schools, serving more than 45,000 students in more than 85 learning centers in California, Ohio, and Michigan. Since 2008, she has provided executive leadership to a range of education, philanthropy, non-profit, and business organizations undergoing major transformations. Raised in a host foster family, she identifies with and has committed her life to supporting opportunity youth. Dr. Young left IBM in 1999 to serve as a member and president of the elected Los Angeles school board. In 2003, she founded the California Charter Schools Association. She is a recipient of the Coro Crystal Eagle for Excellence in Public Service, the California State University Los Angeles Educator of the Year in 2016, and an inductee to the national Charter School Hall of Fame. Dr. Young serves on the boards of several other organizations, including the Fordham Foundation and Savvy Source. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Science. Education: Ed.D. UCLA; M.P.A. USC; and B.A. Yale University.

DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS

Distinguished Fellows serve as key advisors offering valuable insights and strategies to enhance Larta’s work in science and technology development and the translation of research into products and services to benefit the world.

Maria Contreras-Sweet - Distinguished Fellow

Maria Contreras-Sweet

Distinguished Fellow

Maria Contreras-Sweet is an American businesswoman, civic leader, and entrepreneur who is committed to scaling businesses and advancing innovation. She has served in President Obama’s Cabinet as the head of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) overseeing the world’s largest seed fund and middle market fund of funds, and a $120 billion loan portfolio. Contreras-Sweet founded ProAmerica Bank, a publicly-traded bank, served as California Cabinet Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, was an equity partner at the 7-Up/RC Bottling Company and served as a Founding Director of the California Endowment.