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Chief Derrick Abell

  • Chief of Police, Manhattan Beach
  • The City of Manhattan Beach

Chief Abell was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a single parent household with his mother in Inglewood, California. During an early period of his youth, Chief Abell was relocated to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with his family for two years. He experienced new and interesting cultures that have contributed to his ability to interact with people from all walks of life.  Chief Abell earned an athletic football scholarship…

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Matthew Alford

  • Associate Director, Professor, and Oceanographer
  • Multiscale Ocean Dynamics group at SIO/UCSD

Professor Alford is the head of the oceans and atmospheres section at Scripps, the Associate Director of the Marine Physical Laboratory and co-founder of the Multiscale Ocean Dynamics group at SIO/UCSD.  He develops and employs specialized instruments to better describe and understand processes that occur on scales, say, < 10 km; however, he is also interested in how these affect both coastal processes and the larger-scale circulation. Professor…

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Tracy Allen

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Northrop Grumman

Tracy Allen is a Manager of Human Resources for Northrop Grumman Corporation. A native of Long Beach, CA where her dad was stationed after joining the U.S. Navy from The Philippines, Tracy attended CSULB with graduated with a B.S . in Finance and an MBA in org psychology. She joined NG in 2005, holding roles in supply chain, finance & operations, and is passionate about diversity, equity and…

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Jason Boxer

  • MBUSD Board Member

Jason Boxer was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Jason (they/them/theirs) was elected last November to the MBUSD Board at the age of 28. They are an alum of Manhattan Beach schools, and participated in cross country, ComedySportz, and La Vista at Mira Costa. Jason took a gap year between Costa and college, riding a bicycle across the United States, and they encourage all Manhattan Beach students to consider something similar! Since graduating from college, Jason has worked…

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Andy Cohen

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer
  • Gensler

Andy is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs whose collaborative leadership is fundamental to setting the company apart as a leading design firm. For his innovative leadership, Andy, along with Co-CEO Diane Hoskins, ranks on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. As a hands-on leader, Andy oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, some 6,300+ people networked across 50 offices, serving clients in…

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Seth Davis

  • Editor
  • The Athletic

Seth Davis is an award-winning sports writer and broadcaster who covers college basketball. Since 2004, Davis has been a mainstay of CBS Sports’ studio coverage of college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for 22 years and is currently the Managing Editor for college basketball at The Athletic. Davis is the author of five books, including the New York Times best sellers Wooden: A…

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Cedric Jones

  • Owner/Founder
  • Beastie Boxing Gym/BMoved Foundation

Cedric Jones is the founder of Beastie Boxing Gym in Manhattan Beach and a total package in the fitness world.  He has danced professionally, boxed in the Olympic trials and trained celebrity/pro athletes.  His passions have led him into acting, and the creation of the BMoved Foundation which guides and supports youths.  He believes, “You are not where you want to be, because you’re not doing what you…

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Steve Napolitano

  • City Council Member- Manhattan Beach

Steve Napolitano is a life-long Manhattan Beach resident and Mira Costa graduate. Steve is the youngest person ever elected to the City Council at the age of 26. For nearly three decades, he has played a significant role in community decision-making. He has served 17 years on the City Council including five terms as Mayor. During a 12-year break from office, due to term limits, he worked as…

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Tara Sorensen

  • Head of Children’s Programming
  • Apple

Tara Sorensen is Apple’s Head of Children’s Programming, Worldwide Video. A respected children’s programming executive, Sorensen oversees the development and production of original live-action and animated children’s series globally.Previously, Sorensen served as Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios, where she launched the division and shepherded Emmy Award-winning series, including Tumble Leaf, Emmy-nominated Annedroids, WGA Award and Humanitas Prize winner Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Humanitas, DGA and NAACP Image Award winning…

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