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California Advisory Board

Corey Davidson

Vice Chairman, Savills North America

Margot Edelman

General Manager, Edelman Bay Area Hub

Ayman Hindy

Portfolio Management Reengineering and Infrastructure, PIMCO

Ivelisse Simon

Managing Partner, Avante Capital Partners

John Wilson

Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Corey Davidson

Vice Chairman, Savills North America

Since joining the firm in 2001, Corey Davidson has devotedly advised tenants seeking commercial real estate representation. As a principal with Savills Corporate Services Group (CSG), Corey is responsible for developing and delivering strategic consulting and brokerage services that bridge corporate finance and commercial real estate for companies with facilities in multiple markets. Based out of the firm’s office in West Los Angeles, Corey has worked with companies in tech, media, insurance, finance, life sciences and beyond.

Over the course of his career, Corey has been instrumental in the execution of several of the largest real estate transactions across the United States including build-to-suit developments, sale leasebacks, acquisitions, dispositions, new leases, restructures and landlord swaps. In addition to his account and transaction management responsibilities, Corey leads CSG’s business development efforts.

Corey’s avid tenant representation is demonstrated with every real estate transaction he assists clients with. From the first stage to the last steps of the process, Corey effectively communicates with companies to provide them with optimal commercial real estate decisions.

Margot Edelman

General Manager, Edelman Bay Area Hub

Margot Edelman is the General Manger of Edelman’s Bay Area Hub, which spans 180 professionals in Edelman’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices.

Before becoming General Manager, Margot led the Bay Area Tech team, advising executives and business leaders in Silicon Valley on their communications strategy. Her clients range from private equity and venture capital firms to technology companies, in addition to individuals and foundations. She also leads a monthly virtual “Meet the Press” series for Edelman, including speakers from the FT, Bloomberg, NYT and other top media outlets.

Margot has worked for seven years on the press team at the World Economic Forum during its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where she led broadcast media from Reuters, Bloomberg, Associated Press and others around the forum and arranged broadcast interviews with participants. 

Margot is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard University.

Ayman Hindy

Portfolio Management Reengineering and Infrastructure, PIMCO

Mr. Hindy is a managing director in the Newport Beach office, overseeing portfolio management reengineering and infrastructure. He focuses on the oversight of portfolio management processes, technology, and execution. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2021, he was an operating partner at Safar Partners, and previously he was a partner at Advanced Liquidity Concepts, an investment firm specializing in execution efficiency. Prior to this, he was a partner, senior portfolio manager, and head of the U.S. office for Capula Investment Management, and a founding partner and portfolio manager at Platinum Grove Asset Management. He has served as a professor of finance at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and published research in leading academic journals, and he is a guest lecturer at leading business schools. He served on the advisory board of the Cairo Stock Exchange and the visiting committee at the American University in Cairo. He has 28 years of investment experience and holds a master’s degree in engineering and a Ph.D. in financial economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ivelisse Simon

Managing Partner, Avante Capital Partners

Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon is a Managing Partner of AvanteCapital Partners. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Simon is responsible for identifying, executing and managing investment opportunities. She currently manages the fund’s portfolio and new deal activities. Ms. Simon joined Avante in 2009 as a founding member of the firm.

Ms. Simon has over two decades of middle-market debt and equity investment experience. Prior to Avante, she held positions at Palladium Equity Partners, Reliant Equity Partners and various investment banks including Salomon Brothers. Ms. Simon serves on the board of several companies including Quest, LLC.

Ivelisse is a longtime advocate and champion for women, minorities, and the underserved and underrepresented. She holds leadership roles in several local and national non-profit organizations, including The Robert Toigo Foundation, The Hispanic Scholarship Foundation and Westside Family Health Center in Los Angeles. In 2019, the Robert Toigo Foundation honored Ivelisse with their prestigious Leadership Award recognizing her leadership in the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the financial industry. Ivelisse was also named to Mergers & Acquisitions magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A. In addition, Ivelisse and her two sisters launched a philanthropic organization called We Will to support and empower underserved women and minorities in the areas of healthcare, education and financial literacy.

Ms. Simon graduated with honors from the University of Illinois and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles and enjoys taking adventurous trips with her family to far-flung places.

John Wilson

Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
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Dr. Theo Fowles

California Program Director

As California Program Director, I lead curriculum development, network and community building for Scholars and Mentor Coaches, and the overall growth of the ANY-CA program.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: I am the first of my immediate family to graduate from college, and I couldn’t have done it without a network of support.  I’m excited to be a part of that support network for our Scholars!

My personal motto: “Stay Motivated. Rise Together.” This reminds me to find my internal drivers for success and to celebrate and support others in their successes as well.

Reach out to me with questions about: networking, navigating the college experience, or just to brainstorm an idea!

More about me: Prior to working at ANY, I worked on campus at the University of Southern California, where I was the Center Supervisor for the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. I served as an adviser to organizations like the Black Student Assembly and Black Graduate Student Network, while also providing one-on-one informal advising and championing broader diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.  My undergraduate degree is in Cinematic Arts, and my doctoral research explored how former foster youth use social media to navigate higher ed spaces.  I am a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.