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Gerald Chaleff served as special assistant for constitutional policing and bureau chief to the Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police from 2003 until his retirement in 2014. He was also commanding officer of the Consent Decree Bureau (CDB), where he oversaw the operations of TEAMS II Development Bureau, Risk Management Group, Audit Division and Civil Rights Integrity Division, which is responsible for the Department's implementation of the Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice.
In 1997, Mr. Chaleff was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, and was elected president of the Board from 1999 to 2001. He is a former president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and served as deputy general counsel to the Webster Commission, which examined the Department's response to the 1992 civil unrest. Following tenures with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the Public Defender's Office, he spent several years in private practice.
In private practice, Chaleff is a nationally-recognized expert in criminal defense, in both state and federal courts, and has been elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Chancery Club. He is a former partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where he chaired the white-collar criminal defense practice group.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Chaleff received his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sergeant Major Alford L. McMichael is a veteran of the armed forces of America where he served his country for more than 36 years. He was appointed as the 14th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps on the 30th of June 1999. In 2003, Sgt.Maj McMichael became the first Sergeant Major ever to serve as the Sergeant Major of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of America Hall of Fame in May 2003, for his positive influence while an inspiration to the club movement. In 2006, SgtMaj McMichael was appointed to the American Veteran Steering Committee where he is working to improve the quality of life for young veterans of the United States Armed Forces. In 2007, he was appointed to an Independent Commission on the security of Iraq. In 2008, he served as a member of the Special Envoy to peace in the Middle East. In 2009, SgtMaj McMichael was appointed to serve as a Secretarial appointee on the department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials.
Apart from Sgt.Maj McMichael’s distinguished military career, he also seeks to support military families and veterans. He served as an advisory board member for Thanks USA, and as a member of the Board of Directors for both the National Uniformed Services Association and the American Financial Services Association. He is currently the founder and President of the 4 -DREW Foundation, a foundation that supports Children at risk, and is the Managing Director for Pinnacle Five, an organization helping veterans and their families’ transition to civilian life.
Lisa Rosser is on a mission to help organizations improve their veteran recruiting and retention programs. She is a vocal advocate of hiring veterans to be the solution to poor fit, high turnover, feeble pipelines, and homogeneous succession plans.
Lisa helps her clients make the business case for targeting the military, learn which recruiting tactics are most effective, and implement retention programs that resonate with veterans and makes them feel "at home" in their new environment.
Lisa's military career spans over 20 years (both active and reserve), 3 continents, and 4 major deployments, including the Gulf War, Somalia, Bosnia and a 2-1/2 year mobilization immediately following the events of 9/11. Her military career includes detailed work as a telecommunications officer and as an operations officer, and general work in the human side of the military – performance management, recruiting, placement, training and skills development. She continues to serve in the Army Reserve, working as an instructor in a training battalion. Her civilian career included 8 years with Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 consulting firm.
In 2007 Lisa founded her own company, The Value Of a Veteran™. In that capacity Lisa is a consultant, author, speaker, and workshop leader on military hiring and retention strategy development. She’s written "The Value of a Veteran™: The Guide for Human Resource Professionals to Regarding, Recruiting, and Retaining Military Veterans", and delivers workshops and seminars nationwide to corporate, government and higher education employers.
Brigadier General Harry A. Sieben, Jr. (Ret.) entered military service in the Army Reserve in 1968. In 1975 he transferred to the Air National Guard and served with 148th Fighter Wing, 133rd Airlift Wing and Joint Force Headquarters, Minnesota National Guard. He retired in 2003 after 36 years of service, including serving as Adjutant General, Minnesota. He currently serves as a Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army.
Sieben served seven terms in the Minnesota Legislature, including two terms as Speaker of the House. He is founder and President of Sieben, Grose, VonHoltum and Carey law firm in Minneapolis. As an attorney, Sieben has fought numerous pro bono cases to ensure that returning veterans were granted re-employment to civilian positions they held prior to their deployment. His wife, Mary, is a Colonel, USAF, having retired after serious injury in 2004 in Iraq. One son currently serves as a Captain, US Army, having just left Iraq after his second tour.
Master Chief Petty Officer Maurice Wilson (Ret.) had a distinguished military career in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 26 years. Prior to his retirement, he held the positions of Command Master Chief for the USNS Mercy and was the Training and Communications Division Officer for the MIS Department at Naval Medical Center Balboa, where he was responsible for the implementation and planning for the Command-wide medical information system known as Composite Health-Care System. In 1996 Wilson began volunteering at the San Diego Urban League. In 1998, after his retirement, he joined the League's executive management team, eventually holding several positions with the organization before being appointed as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the League in 2006. In this position, Maurice oversees the Urban League's Business and Workforce Development and is responsible for a variety of assignments including; new program design and implementation, grant-writing, fundraising, program services, research, community organizing, event planning, administration, fiscal management and operations. Wilson is also the publisher of the Urban League's Diversity Works! magazine and the Employment/Career Business Guide.
In addition to his role at the Urban League, Wilson is very active throughout the San Diego community. He produces a weekly Employment/Career section in the local community newspaper "The Monitor News," which focuses on employment and career advice to over 10,000 readers. Wilson also serves on several community organization boards, including; San Diego Workforce Investment Board, US Navy SEALS Executive Diversity Advisory Council, Technical Professional Career College, and the Urban Youth Empowerment Academy, to name just a few. Wilson and his wife Ethel, reside in Lemon Grove, California.
Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1965. He rose from private to three-star general, serving three tours of duty on two continents, with a tenure as the longest serving Chief Operating Officer in the history of the Marine Corps. He culminated his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies, and Operations at Headquarters, US Marine Corps, in Washington, DC in August of 1999. A decorated combat veteran with 34-1/2 years of service, LtGen Steele's extraordinary career was chronicled as one of three principles in the award winning military biography Boys of '67 by Charles Jones. Upon his retirement from active duty in 1999, LtGen Steele served as President & CEO of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, the largest naval museum in the world. Under his leadership, they adopted the mission statement of "Honor our heroes, educate the public, and inspire our youth about the price of freedom." Shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001, General Steele invited the FBI to use the Intrepid to conduct their investigations. Within 48 hours, Intrepid was once again in service as the temporary headquarters for over 750 FBI agents.
LtGen Steele is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Steele Partners, Inc., a strategic advisory and leadership consulting company. This company's mission is to develop uncommon leaders, in Fortune 500 companies, who understand how to translate strength of character and high ethical behavior into bottom line success. Additionally, LtGen Steele is the Associate Vice President for Veterans Research and Director of Military Partnerships while leading the University of South Florida’s Veterans Reintegration Initiative.