Angel City Sports - Leadership Team
Clayton Frech - Founder & CEO
10+ years fundraising in adaptive sports in son Ezra's honor; former Regional VP with Safelite AutoGlass and VP Operations for Classic Party Rentals. Clayton also serves on the board of Adaptive Sports USA, the LA Advisory Board for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Advisory Board for Orthopedic Institute for Children. Former board member of UCLA Anderson Alumni Association, Literacy Network of Los Angeles, Northeast Trees, Amigos de Los Rios. BA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara, MBA from UCLA.
Ezra Frech - Chief Ambassador & Youth Council Lead www.teamezra.com
12 year old adaptive athlete Ezra Frech holds multiple national Track and Field records and is currently playing on his school & club basketball teams. An accomplished motivational speaker, frequently speaking to corporate and youth crowds in the thousands, Ezra has been featured on CBS Sports, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America and numerous local radio & TV shows promoting Angel City Sports and the future of the Paralympic movement.
Howard Brodwin - VP, Marketing
25+ years in Sports Marketing, 8 years in Adaptive Sports. Founder & Managing Director of Sports and Social Change, board member of Adaptive Sports USA and Social Enterprise Alliance LA, strategic adviser to the Disability Sports Festival, Blind Judo Foundation and many nonprofit Sport for Development organizations. BA in Journalism from San Diego State University.
Jeff Navach - VP, Strategy
15+ years in consulting and business strategy roles in the software industry, and currently VP of Marketing for MediaAlpha. BA in Economics from UCLA and MBA from University of Chicago.
Chris Benedict - VP, Finance
22 years in the financial services industry. BA in Economics from University of Connecticut and MBA from UCLA.
Kent Schlaefer - VP, Operations & Logistics
25+ years in supply chain and operations management. Long time volunteer in Adaptive Sports for organizations including Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Triumph Foundation. BA in Supply Chain from Michigan State University.
Sara Bakhshian - VP, Development
Digital marketing expert and currently West Coast Sales and Marketing Director for SixB Labels, Sara also served as a Client Relationship Manager at Experian Marketing Services, where she led account teams in email marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. BA in Journalism from SMU and Masters in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara.
Fara Panah – VP, Technology
20 years in ERP & Business consulting roles with prior experience in Accounting and Auditing. Currently VP of Consulting at Spring2 Technologies. BS in Accounting from Boston College.
Scott Wood - VP, Business Development & Sponsorships
15+ years in Financial Services, 15+ years as a high school football and golf coach, 10+ years as a writer/producer in the entertainment industry. BS in Marketing from Boston College; Parent of an adaptive athlete.
Michael Garafola - Co-Founder & Director, Angel City Games
Certified Recreational Therapist and currently Manager of UCLA's Adaptive Recreation Program. 25 year spinal cord injury, Wheelchair Basketball player/coach. 3x National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament All-Tournament selection, 8x National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Star, 2006-2011 coach at University of Wisconsin Whitewater Jr. Wheelchair Basketball camp, 2x invitee to the US Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball team tryouts.
Rob Stevens - Director, Angel City Games
A media entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in the television industry, including the areas of television production, programming acquisition, content scheduling, network operations, international content sales, advertising sales, and digital marketing. He is a founding partner of the MAVTV cable network and has helped launch brands like Sundance Channel and FLIX. He holds a degree in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin.
Sorelle Cohen - Business Development Coordinator
Sorelle recently graduated from University of Southern California with a B.S. in Public Policy Development. Throughout her academic career, she specifically explored the nexus between non-profits, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. At Angel City Sports, Sorelle works closely with both the advisory council and the CEO to secure cross-sector partnerships for the organization. Ultimately, Sorelle sees the opportunity for the sports world to embrace a Triple Bottom Line philosophy and hopes to one-day work for a professional sports team's community outreach and development department.
Camille Mahlknecht - Sports Programming Coordinator
A Southern California native, Camille played basketball for California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communication Studies. She continued her athletic career playing three seasons professionally in Europe, then returning to LA where she worked with Keep A Breast and Special Olympics Tri-Valley.