We help people use
their change, for change.

Laura Kreiss

Laura Kreiss

Founder/CEO

Entrepenur, inventor, real estate developer and philanthropist with a passion for international relations, community leadership and children. A current member of Scripps Foundation. A dedicated advocate to research in search of the cure for Cancer. Laura also has a passion for film, theater and television production. Partner to James B. Harris film producer and director, former partner to icon Stanley Kubrick. Current member of the board of directors to Film for Posterity and a former professional tennis player.

Personal note ~ Change starts simply, when one person decides to give to a purpose bigger than themselves.

We ask ourselves, what would it take to make a difference? The answer is simple…. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world “indeed is the only thing that ever has” is this ethos that drives us to unite for change, whatever the cause, a foundation, institution or personal journey.

Gerardo Nunez

Gerardo Nuñez

Head Of Engineering
Ezra Cohen

Ezra Cohen

Advisor

"Dr. Ezra Cohen is a medical oncologist and Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. He is an internationally recognized leader, researcher, and clinician whose career has focussed on oncology drug development. Dr. Cohen obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto and received post-doctoral training at University of Toronto, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and University of Chicago. He joined UCSD as a Professor of Medicine in 2014. His roles also include Associate Director for Clinical Science and co-Leader of the Solid Tumor Therapeutics program at Moores Cancer Center as well as co-Director of the San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy.

Dr. Cohen has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and his work has been extensively cited. He has served in multiple roles with national and international oncology organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and European Society of Medical Oncology. In 2019, Dr. Cohen was named as medical oncologist of the year by the American Cancer Society regional chapter."

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Vladimir Rivera

Vladimir Rivera

Head Of Privacy & Security
Esther Rodriguez

Esther Rodriguez

Advisor

Esther was born into a close, loving family in Cuba. Her mother inspired her passion for philanthropy and music; her father, a prominent surgeon, instilled leadership qualities. In the 1960s, the Cuban Revolution forced Esther and her family to flee, leaving behind their home and all of their possessions. Through resilience and hard work, they achieved the American Dream.

Her career in international consumer products began in Chicago. In San Diego, she became a pay-per-view television pioneer, with remarkable achievements in expanding digital satellite television in the Americas and Asia-Pacific. In 1996, she retired from corporate life, founding a consulting firm serving prominent entertainment and telecommunications clients worldwide.

Esther has served on the boards of public and private non-profit organizations. Her volunteerism has focused on fundraising for arts education, including The Old Globe Theater as a Globe Guilders, the San Diego Master Chorale as advisory board chair, and the San Diego Symphony Notables. She has mentored local companies at the Chairmen’s Roundtable and supports family charities including Ronald McDonald House as co-founder of the Day of Joy/Latinas y Amigas event; Miracle Babies; The Country Friends; Scripps Spinoff; and The March of Dimes. Esther is also advisor to The Immunotherapy Foundation, dedicated to treating and eradicating HPV-related cancers, and the Tea3 Foundation in support of children, the military and animals.

A loving mother and grandmother, Esther has also become a mentor and role model to many young men and women. She has taught them what her mother often told her: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” For Esther, life is sweet now.

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John Kraemer

John Kraemer

Advisor

As a wealth and philanthropic advisor, John brings more than 30 years of experience in estate insurance planning, family wealth transfer and governance, charitable oversight and gift planning. He helps clients align their goals and objectives from a family, business and philanthropic perspective. With the Kraemer Insurance Partners team and his clients’ trusted advisors, he creates a synergy of talent, education, and resources; providing a dynamic multidisciplinary team approach in creating and implementing innovative and efficient planning solutions for families and the charities they support.

John’s family office and business experience come from his role as Chairman of the Board for Kraemer Land Company, a family office operating in Southern California. All 140 family owners are descendants of early land grant settlers in Southern California, with Orange County business and real estate roots dating back to the 1860s. The Kraemer family has a long history of creating communities. Today the company continues to diversify the family’s real estate portfolio with in-fill residential, commercial projects, joint ventures, and lending. John’s role is to provide oversight to the executive management team with the company’s acquisitions, strategic projects, forward vision, and portfolio optimization.

John also serves in an executive role in several businesses beyond Kraemer Land Company, including additional family real estate businesses. John also is an owner and investor in his family’s Shake Ridge vineyard in the Sierra Foothills and Yorba Wines in Napa.

John has held the professional designation of a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) since 1995. He currently co-chairs of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, as well as serves on the Professional Advisor Council for the Rancho Sante Fe Foundation. John also serves as trustee for both a private foundation and charitable remainder trust.

John lives in Del Mar, California with his wife Cim and is the proud father of three adult children.

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