Our Board

Michael Connelly, a former journalist, has a global following as the best-selling author of 35 novels and one work of nonfiction, including “Blood Work,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” a series of novels featuring Los Angeles homicide detective Harry Bosch, and most recently, ”Fair Warning,” whose protagonist, Jack McEvoy, is an investigative reporter for the nonprofit news organization FairWarning. His books have won numerous awards, been translated into 40 languages and more than 74 million copies have been sold around the world. Both “Blood Work” and “The Lincoln Lawyer” were turned into Hollywood films. He is executive producer of the Amazon streaming series, “Bosch”, based on his books. He spends time in Florida and California.

Margaret Engel is executive director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation. She also serves on the advisory board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and chairs the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. She is a former Nieman Fellow and former managing editor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  Previously, Margaret was an editor and reporter for The Washington Post and a reporter for The Des Moines Register. She is the co-author of two plays about women journalists: “Red Hot Patriot” about Molly Ivins and “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” She also is the co-author of “Ballpark Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballparks Across America” and “Food Finds: America’s Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them.”

Irving Levin is an entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. He was CEO of the first credit card bank in the U.S., and has gone on to start and manage other financial services companies. He is an investor and board member in a number of early stage companies. He is also active in philanthropy. He and his wife are co-trustees of The Renaissance Foundation, which focuses on providing educational opportunities for financially needy students. Their Renaissance Scholars program provides scholarships to hundreds of first generation college students (defined as first in their families to attend a 4 year college or university). Irv is also immediate past chairman of Digital Divide Data, a social enterprise operating in Asia and Africa which trains poor young people in basic IT and English language skills.  He is a trustee of Portland State University, is a graduate of the University of Chicago (BA and MBA), and was once a professional classical cellist.

Richard Ruvelson is a principal at the accounting firm of WithumSmith+Brown in Bethesda, MD. Previously Rich led local and regional nonprofit tax practices for other national and regional accounting firms. He is a frequent speaker and teacher in the field of nonprofit tax and has taught at numerous industry and professional programs. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Richard has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. He has previously served as a director of a number of organizations, including the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles, the ACT Theatre in Seattle and KPTS in Wichita.

Molly Selvin is a journalist and policy analyst. For eighteen years she was a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board and a reporter with the newspaper. Her editorials and news stories helped influence adoption of California’s indoor smoking ban, state and local gun control and open space ordinances, and reforms to the county dependency system. Prior to joining the Times, Molly spent ten years as an analyst with the RAND Corporation, focusing on mass tort litigation, trial court delay and jury behavior. She remains a faculty member with the Pardee RAND Graduate School. From 2008-2014, Molly was associate dean and professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Most recently, she helped direct the Leadership Academy for Development at Stanford University, which trains leaders from developing countries.

Amy Smith is a planned giving consultant, currently working with the Autrey Museum of the American West, to develop their estate and trust giving program. She developed the planned giving program at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a Los Angeles-based anti-hunger advocacy organization. Amy previously served as vice president for development, marketing, and communications at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. She also has held executive fundraising positions at Antioch University Los Angeles; at the University of California at Los Angeles and Riverside; and at Fresno State University. Prior to transitioning to fundraising, Amy was an editorial librarian at the Los Angeles Times. She earned a master’s degree in library services from Columbia University, and a bachelor of arts in literature from Antioch College.

David C. Vladeck is a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He recently returned to the law school after serving nearly four years as the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. At the FTC, he supervised more than 430 lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff in carrying out the Bureau’s work to protect consumers from unfair or fraudulent practices. Before joining the law school. David spent more than 25 years with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a nationally-prominent public interest law firm. He has briefed and argued a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and before federal courts of appeal. He also serves on the boards of the National Consumer Law Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Henry Weinstein is a professor of the practice of law at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to being a lawyer, he was a journalist for nearly 40 years, including 30 at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered local and national politics, labor and law. During that time, Henry was often recognized for journalistic achievement, including the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, which the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism presents annually to a journalist “whose reporting over time shows courage, integrity, curiosity and intelligence and epitomizes the role of journalism in a free society.” He was one of the founders of the Center for Investigative Reporting. He also serves on the board of the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights, which represents indigents in criminal and civil cases, with a major focus on the death penalty.

Myron Levin, FairWarning’s founder and editor, is also a member of the board.