NACD Southern California Chapter Appoints Joan E. Herman and Rose E. McKinney-James to Its Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD SoCal") today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the appointments of Joan E. Herman and Rose E. McKinney-James. The NACD SoCal Chapter also announced its fall programming, with exciting events featuring highly esteemed experts discussing critical issues facing directors in the evolving corporate governance landscape.

"We welcome Joan and Rose to the NACD SoCal Board and are delighted to have attracted two highly qualified individuals with extensive corporate governance and executive management experience to support our mission of advancing boardroom excellence," said NACD SoCal Chapter President David L. Rosenblum. "Joan has a wealth of experience addressing the changing healthcare environment, which is a key issue facing boards today. Rose brings significant policy and public sector experience, and is an advocate for sustainability in business, including creating greater growth with responsible business strategies. We look forward to tapping their significant experience as board members, executives and entrepreneurs, to further enrich our programming at our upcoming fall events and throughout the year."

Ms. Herman has more than two decades of senior management and corporate governance experience. She is President and Chief Executive Officer of Herman & Associates, a healthcare advisory firm she founded in 2008. She is a Board member of publicly traded Convergys Corporation, HealthSouth and privately held She previously served on the Board and chaired the audit committee of Qualicorp S.A., a publicly traded Brazilian broker and health benefits administrator, as well as on the Strategic Advisory Boards for HealthDataInsights and Bayer Medical Care.

Prior to her board service, Ms. Herman served for 10 years at the health benefits firm WellPoint, Inc. (now Anthem) as Executive Vice President, with P&L responsibility for business units including managed Medicaid, Medicare and all specialty businesses. Prior to that, she held various positions during her 16-year tenure at Phoenix Life Insurance Company, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Development and Senior Vice President of Group Insurance. Ms. Herman has an MBA from Western New England College, an MA in Mathematics from Yale University, and a BA in Mathematics from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Ms. McKinney-James has spent the majority of her 26-year career developing public policy. She is the Managing Principal of Energy Works Consulting, LLC, a firm she founded in 2003, and Managing Principal of McKinney-James & Associates, a firm she founded in 2005 to provide government and public policy consulting services to businesses. Ms. McKinney-James is a Board member of publicly traded MGM Resorts International and Toyota Financial Savings Bank, a division of Toyota Financial Services. Additionally, she is Chair of the Clean Energy Project and Board member of The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE).

Ms. McKinney-James previously was a Board member of publicly traded Employers Holdings Inc., as well as advocacy organizations VOTE Solar and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). She served as President of Brown & Partners, President of Government Affairs for Faiss Foley Merica, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources. She is a registered lobbyist with the Nevada State Legislature. She was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor and was the first African-American to win a statewide primary in the state of Nevada. Ms. McKinney-James was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team with responsibility for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Team Lead for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Her advocacy work for small business and women in business has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Association and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Ms. McKinney-James holds a JD from the Antioch School of Law and a BA from Olivet College.

NACD SoCal Fall Programming

NACD SoCal Chapter announces the schedule of events for the fall 2014. In accordance with the chapter's mission to advance exemplary board leadership by providing directors with critical information for sound decision-making in the boardroom, events in September, October and November will feature discussions on important issues facing board members. NACD SoCal will host the following events:

What Compensation Committees and Boards Need to Know for the 2015 Proxy
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
Corporate Governance Next Practices & General Counsel Forum
Thursday – Friday, October 23 – 24, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Directors' Opinions vs. Academic Research
Friday, October 24, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
Directors' Responsibilities in a Complex Transaction in 2015
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

Additional information about these events and member registration is available at

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Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors

The Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) was chartered by NACD in 1978 to enhance corporate governance in the Southern California region. The NACD SoCal Chapter provides local educational and networking opportunities for individuals who serve as directors of corporations and business organizations from all industries, public and private, profit and non-profit. Our vision is to prepare members for effective Board of Director roles and foster the positive image of corporations and business organizations through improved corporate governance. The principal emphasis of the NACD SoCal Chapter and its events is to provide vital information and education to current NACD members and their guests. To learn more about the NACD SoCal Chapter, visit

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