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.
Lara Weiss volunteered with LATLC for several years before enthusiastically becoming part of the staff in 2019. She is passionate about LATLC’s mission not only because it empowers and makes a positive difference in the quality of life for people within the greater Los Angeles area, but also because the events allow her to personally connect with her local community and continually humble her to do more. Prior to joining the LATLC team, Lara was a Case Manager at the mediation and arbitration firm ADR Services, Inc. for five and a half years, and worked as a law clerk at Goldberg & Gille for one year. She has also been teaching yoga since 2013 –the yin to her legal yang!
Lara graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in International Studies and Psychology, and has studied abroad in Spain twice. She enjoys Pilates, yoga, martial arts, singing, going for long walks whilst listening to podcasts, traveling, and engaging with her local community to make positive and lasting differences.
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.