2018 Judges —————————————-

Mike Bonin

Council member for the 11th District of Los Angeles

Mike Bonin represents Westside neighborhoods on the Los Angeles City Council, taking office in 2013, which includes Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, West LA/Sawtelle, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Venice, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Westchester and Ladera. He is chair of the council’s Transportation Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and former chair of the Metro Expo Line Construction Authority. Mike is also vice-chair of the council committee that oversees LAX International Airport. He also serves on the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, and the Budget & Finance Committee.


Cozette Vergari

Vergari & Napolitano
Honorary Mayor for the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce

Cozette Vergari is a second generation native of Los Angeles, having graduated from Westchester High School and attending the University of Southern California for both undergraduate and graduate studies. She holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and is a member of the State Bar of California. She established her own law firm in 1996, while volunteering for the Los Angeles Superior Court Domestic Violence Project as a pro bono attorney for victims of domestic violence.
Though leaving the Los Angeles area to work in other parts of the United States, as well as outside the United States, she returned to raise her two sons in Los Angeles. Committed to her community, she has previously served in leadership roles in many civic organizations, including Westchester Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council, LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Airport Marina Counseling Service Board of Directors. Ms. Vergari also currently serves as CFO for the 1736 Family Crisis Center Board of Directors and as a Board Member of the Selective Service Board for the Los Angeles region.


Ryan Gales

Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc.
Chair, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce

Ryan Gales has almost 15 years of providing outreach, training and development services. He has chaired job fairs, outreaching to DBE firms for the Crenshaw/LAX Metro Line in Los Angeles, and to individuals for the Indianapolis International Airport, where he also trained a staff of over 20. His experience as a project manager for former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn provided him the experience in hosting outreach and community meetings in areas of Watts and South Los Angeles in developing plans of action to address “Quality of Life” issues. His extensive experience in the field has garnished him the ability to work closely with various city, county and local organizations. He is currently the Chairman of the Board for the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce.


Olivia Patterson Ryans

Real Estate Agent in El Segundo

As a Real Estate Professional, Olivia Patterson-Ryans provides service with a smile because she loves what she does. From years of helping individuals and families from all walks of life, she has the experience, know-how and extensive network of resources to assist people with confidence to fulfill their real estate needs. Her specialty is helping people sell, exchange and purchase income producing property, and helping people build wealth through their real estate portfolio. Olivia is a member of Inglewood Rotary Club.