LEF Board & Committees


Director – President
Rachel Edds, AICP
Baltimore Chapter

Director – Vice President
Jon B. DeVries, AICP
Ely Chapter

Director – Treasurer
Ron Buss
Los Angeles Chapter

Director – Secretary
Russell Mathew
Simcoe Chapter

Director – Past International President
Robert McBride
Simcoe Chapter

Michelle Henrie
Zia -New Mexico Chapter

Alan Nevin
San Diego Chapter



Jon DeVries
Ely Chapter

Basic responsibilities include the solicitation, evaluation and recommendation of research applications for
consideration by LEF Board of Directors. Other aspects are highlighted below.

  • Monitor progress of approved research projects;
  • Determine distribution of funding for larger projects;
  • Ensure quality of research meets the expectations incorporated in approved process;Establish criteria for prioritizing research applications;
  • Establish guidelines for funding recipients to follow as individual projects materialize; and
  • Report on progress of committed endeavors to Directors at semi-annual LEW meetings.


Ronald Buss
Los Angeles Chapter

Leslie Pollock, AICP
Ely Chapter

Entirely focused on the financial aspects of LEF programs, EFC is to ensure a number of components are inplace, particularly funding of proposed projects.

  • EFC is responsible for determining the partnership funding is consistent as represented by
  • applicant;
  • Committee is to ensure local Chapter is part of the projects as well as potentially participating in funding;
  • Identification of potential external funding sources on a sustained basis regardless of specific projects being considered; and
  • Identify and contact potential donors that are the direct beneficiaries of the project under consideration.


Russell Mathew
Simcoe Chapter

The mandate of this component of the Foundation is to enhance the awareness of LEF/LAI through its research projects. Specific areas of involvement are set forth below.

  • Project results to be communicated to LAI members as they may be a source of further communication referral;
  • Communication of the project results to a number of disciplines including the economic research community, donor community, as well as the urban-policy industry as the project funded is expected to have a sustained “self life”; and
  • Committee is charged with transmitting project results to LEF’s website, LAI’s electronic newsletter, the print media, presentations if required, and broadcast e-mails.


1992 – 1994 Rodney Engelen
1994 – 1997 Leslie Pollock, AICP
1997 – 1999 Virginia Solomon
1999 – 2001 Jo-Ann Neuhaus
2001 – 2004 Stan Hamilton
2004 – 2008 Ron Buss
2008 – 2013 Steven Gragg
2013 – 2019 Ron Buss