Board of Directors
Ronald O. Loveridge has 33 years of public service – as a Riverside Council member beginning in 1979 and as Mayor from 1994 to 2012. He is a highly regarded regional, state and national leader. At the national level, he was very involved on the Executive Committee and Board of the National League of Cities, making policy calls and decisions on behalf of some 19,000 cities and towns across the nation. He also served as President of the National League of Cities in 2010.
Mayor Loveridge s a member of the National Academy of Public Policy. His statewide and regional service has included Board roles on the broadest array of important organizations: the California Air Resources Board, California Forward Action Fund, California Competes, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Association of Governments, Western Riverside Council of Governments, and Inland Empire Economic Partnership. He is currently the Director of the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.
Rose Mayes is a community activist who has over 30 years of experience in Business Management, Civil Rights, and Fair Housing. She is involved in the community as a professional and community volunteer. Her work extends from grassroots community-based organizations, to public administrators, to local State and Federal elected officials.
Rose serves as Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc., a position she has held since 1993. She is committed to promoting fair housing opportunities for all regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. Ms. Mayes is an influential community leader who has served on numerous boards and commissions at the local and regional levels. In 2015 she was named Woman of the Year for the 61st Assembly District.
Jane Carney is a retired corporate and business lawyer, having practiced in Inland Southern California for 33 years. Jane has lived in Riverside since 1977 and has been active in a wide variety of civic and community affairs.
She served for 12 years as a member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, to which she was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in 2000. She currently serves on the boards of The James Irvine Foundation, the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California, and the California Housing Foundation, as well as the advisory boards of the School of Public Policy of the University of California Riverside and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties. Jane previously served as a trustee of the Riverside Community College District and has served as chair or president of a number of community organizations.
Surekha (Su) Acharya is an Associate Professor of English at Riverside City College. Originally from India, Su has a master’s degree in English from Osmania University, India; an MA in Broadcast Journalism from Cal State Fullerton; and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from UC Riverside.
She has served on the boards of the Riverside Public Library, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, and the City’s Cultural Heritage Board. She is currently a board member of the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California, Inlandia Institute, and the International Relations Council. Su has been a resident of Riverside since 1991. She is married to Lalit Acharya, has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Lalit Acharya directs and manages the City of Riverside mayor’s efforts on international initiatives, economic development, and sustainability.
Lalit has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Doctorate in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. He is also a 2004 Leadership Riverside graduate.
Q’Vinc Asberry (Q) has lived in Riverside for the past 55 years. Mr. Asberry has a long history serving the housing needs of Riverside County residents, first as a manager of hundreds of units in the Riverside County Housing Authority Section 8 program, where he worked for five years.
He then went on to supervise the Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Program for the City of Riverside’s Redevelopment Agency, where he became an expert in all facets of housing rehabilitation and in homeowner-contractor arbitrations.
While there Q also facilitated the relocation of several historic houses and other structures from the former Press-Enterprise property, managed the demolition of several substandard and dilapidated structures and conducted numerous single housing property inspections. He was involved with the management of the restoration of the Mission Inn prior to its being sold to a private developer.
Q left the Redevelopment Agency after 17 years and began working at a local religious organization in Riverside, where he served for 25 years before retiring. He also served as a Board member in that organization.
He and his wife, Irma, have one child, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
Ken Gutierrez was Planning Director for the City of Riverside from 2003 to 2011, when he retired. During his almost 30 year tenure with the City of Riverside, Ken was responsible for a number of planning projects, including the award winning Magnolia/Market Corridor Study and the innovative Downtown Specific Plan.
He lead the preparation of a comprehensive update to the Riverside General Plan 2025, a visionary document built on Smart Growth principles, and recognized in 2008 by the Southern California Association of Governments with a Compass Blueprint Distinguished Leadership Award and by the California Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) with the Award of Merit for Comprehensive Planning. Under Ken’s guidance, the Planning Department was recognized in 2009 by the CCAPA with the Award of Merit for Distinguished Leadership by a Planning firm or agency.
Ken is a planning consultant, a member of AICP, a speaker at numerous workshops and conferences, and teaches as part of a University of California, Riverside Extension Certificate Program.
Bergis Jules is the University and Political Papers Archivist at the University of California, Riverside library, where he manages university archives, political papers, African American collections, and community archives projects.
Bergis’s previous work with community archives and African American collections include leading projects at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago, and designing and securing grant funding for the D.C. Africana Archives Project at George Washington University.
Angel Rodriguez directs legislative advocacy and communications strategies at the San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor’s Office, which oversees Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, and KVCR TV/FM – the primary NPR and PBS affiliate station for Inland Southern California. He previously served as Associate Director of State and Regional Government and Community Relations at the University of California, Riverside. In 2012, Angel was appointed by Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge to spearhead citywide bilingual communications and outreach for a $3 Million college attainment initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National League of Cities. For nearly five years prior, Angel oversaw the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce’s business-education partnerships and annual advocacy visits to Sacramento and Washington D.C. A first-generation college graduate, Angel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public service from the University of California, Riverside and is a graduate of the Southern California Leadership Network fellowship. For his work promoting access to higher education and civic partnerships, in 2017, he was named one of California 47th Assembly District’s 30 most influential people under 30.
Douglas Shepherd is CEO of the Shepherd Realty Group Property Management Group and president of Outlook Escrow, Inc. He has held leadership positions in the local state and national Association of Realtors and is president of the Inland Valley Association of Realtors.
Launa Wilson is the executive director of the Riverside Community College District Foundation. Launa brings her deep knowledge of the principles and practices of development to the Civil Rights Institute Board. Recently Wilson served the University of California, Riverside (UCR) as the senior director of development in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Prior to arriving at UCR, Wilson was the director of development for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Foundation where she coordinated fundraising efforts for the university’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.