Executive Director

Lissa Mozur Zanville

Lissa Mozur Zanville has more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit, public, and private sectors, including government affairs, media relations, crisis management, community relations, strategic planning, spokesperson training and stakeholder management.

A graduate of UCLA, Zanville worked for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., the California Democratic Party, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the California State Assembly, and Pacific Bell (now AT&T) where she was Director of Media Relations and primary spokesperson.

She started LMZ Communications in 1990. The company provided spokesperson training to corporate, sports, entertainment, and political clients such as Toyota, Microsoft, City of Los Angeles, Knott’s Berry Farm, IBM, Claritin, Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the United States Equestrian Federation.

Immediately before joining Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities in 2016, Zanville was with the Phase One Foundation, a non-profit that supports early cancer research and clinical trials. For nine years she has served as sole staff and Executive Director of this $16 million foundation.

Zanville lives in Los Angeles with her husband Stuart.

Development and Programs Manager

Summer Gershon

Summer Gershon graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Law and Society, Forensic Science, and Human Developmental Family Studies. She is also a Motor Transport Operator in the US Army National Guard. Prior to joining LATLC, Summer worked as a Forensic Science Teacher’s Assistant at Purdue University as well as a substitute teacher.

She is passionate about helping others. Summer has participated in various service projects focused on children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and homelessness.

With a driven mind and a compassionate heart, Summer is determined to make a lasting impact for communities within the greater Los Angeles area.