Rose Institute announces three new board members

The new Rose Institute board members: Jacinth Sohi ’11 (left), Sue O'Bannon ’84 (center), and Ashwin Navin ’99.

From left, Jacinth Sohi ’11, Sue O’Bannon ’84, and Ashwin Navin ’99.

CMC’s Rose Institute for State and Local Government, one of the nation’s leading academic centers focused on the study of state and local government, has appointed three new members to its Board of Governors.

The alumni appointments represent a significant addition to the Rose Institute’s board through their demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to impact.

“We are fortunate to have the passion of these CMC alumni directed at the work of the Rose Institute and our student researchers. The Rose Board is composed of thoughtful leaders who enrich the student experience and enable the Rose Institute to deliver on its mission,“ said Ryder Todd Smith '96, chair of the Rose Institute Board and president of Tripepi Smith, a local government communications firm.

Ashwin Navin ’99
Ashwin Navin ’99 is a visionary leader in the media technology industry. With more than two decades of professional experience, he co-founded and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Samba TV, a global leader in media analytics and measurement for marketers, brands, and entertainment companies, built on viewership data from more than 46 million devices worldwide. Samba TV’s data science team has constructed a panel of millions of viewers globally to represent the population at large, weighted regionally and reflective of the U.S. Census across age, gender, ethnicity, and household income.

“The Rose Institute has for many years operated as a collaboration between academics, students, and professional researchers, with real impact on regional government and policy,” said Navin, who majored in Economics and Government at CMC. “As a Claremont alum and native of California, I look forward to the opportunity to get back on campus and contribute. When we put our heads together, we can have a lasting impact on our communities through the Rose Institute’s analytical horsepower and resources.”

Sue O'Bannon ’84
Serving as chief financial officer at Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) since 2004, Sue O'Bannon ’84 is an exemplary leader, overseeing the firm’s debt and equity financing for all new developments in the western United States. Prior to her work at TCR, O’Bannon was vice president of the National Accounts group at Bank of the West (2000-2005), where she originated and managed loans for commercial projects. O’Bannon began her career at Citigroup (1989-1998) in the Commercial Real Estate Group, establishing herself as a respected figure in the industry upon departing as vice president.

“I am honored to join the Board of Governors at the Rose Institute,“ said O'Bannon. “I believe in the Institute's mission––to cultivate the next generation of leaders in state and local government––and look forward to contributing my insights to support its research on housing public policy and economics.“

O'Bannon, who majored in Economics, worked as a student researcher at the Rose Institute. Her postgraduate education includes an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Jacinth Sohi ’11
Jacinth Sohi '11 brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Rose Institute's Board. Her background includes building and scaling innovative initiatives in products and operations, starting her career with Google before beginning her work with Uber.

“I am delighted to join the Rose Institute Board of Governors. Claremont McKenna students are deep thinkers, and the Rose exemplifies a curiosity for learning through researching quantifiable data and the impact of real-world policy outcomes,” said Sohi, who majored in Economics and PPE at CMC. “I look forward to the opportunity to have a seat at the table, supporting the work of students and staff.”

As co-founder and COO of Resistance Labs, Sohi helped leverage technology and remote volunteers to support largely down-ballot political campaigns across the country; the organization sent over 11 million texts in 2018 across 50 states. During the pandemic, she led product for Frontline Foods, a nonprofit that raised over $7.9 million in funding to support local restaurants and feed frontline workers over 350,000 meals in 55 cities. Sohi most recently served as director of member experience at Found in San Francisco and is currently advising early-stage start-ups and angel investing.

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