Meet Our Advisory Board
Members of the Advisory Board are dedicated individuals who bring their expertise to College Access Partnership thus enabling the staff and volunteers to best serve our students and their families.
Mitchell is a former 4-year letter winner in basketball from UCLA who went on to play 11 years of professional basketball, 8 of which were in the NBA with the WashingtonBullets/Wizards, Portland Trailblazers and Cleveland Cavaliers. He spent one year as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Wizards, helping them to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 30 years, while also working in management as Director of Player Development. He has been a NBPA Certified Agent for the past 14 years. He’s the only agent who has played, coached and managed in the NBA. Mitchell is currently a trustee of his high school alma mater, Oakwood School, where he serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Reverend Canon Gary Hall, Ph.D.
Gary retired in January of 2016 as the tenth dean of Washington National Cathedral where he served on the Foundation Board overseeing the work of St. Albans, Beauvoir, and National Cathedral Schools and worked collaboratively with the heads of school. Prior to serving in Washington, he served as Dean and President of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, chaplain and teacher at the Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and as English Teacher, Director of Studies, and Principal at Oakwood Secondary School in North Hollywood, California. Gary has also served parishes in California, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Gary received his A.B. at the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.Div. with distinction at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English at UCLA. Hall has taught both theology and English literature at the seminary, college, and secondary levels.
Judith is Founder and CEO of Blue Zone Wealth Advisors, an independent investment advisory firm. She has over 20 years of experience working with high net worth individuals and families on matters of asset management and comprehensive financial planning. For her work, Judith has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top Women Advisors in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor in 2018 and 2019. She was recently named by InvestmentNews as one of their 2019 Women To Watch. She has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles since 2015 and teaches financial literacy at local high schools around the city. Judith graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a dual degree in Business Administration and World Arts and Cultures. She has a Global MBA, Magna Cum Laude from Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management. Judith is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Ira has been a partner with an international accounting firm Arthur Young & Company, predecessor to Ernst & Young, as well as the Chief Operating and/or Chief Financial Officer at Warner/Chappell Music, The Resmark Companies and Oakwood School. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Oakwood School since 1992, including his multi-year tenure as Chair of the Board. Ira has been on the Board of Stephen Wise Temple since 2018. He is currently Vice Chairman and a Director of The Resmark Companies. Ira’s expertise in finance, business, leadership and strategic planning makes him an extraordinary mentor for College Access Partnership students and member of the Advisory Board.