Board Members

Thomas G. Stanley

Co-Chairman

Bio
Tom Stanley is passionate about history, art, architecture, culture, anthropology and archeology.  He has been president of two major tour operators – Travcoa and the Americas Division of Cox & Kings, the world’s oldest travel company. He was created fundraising trips for the World’s Monument Fund which finances preservation projects of archeological and historic buildings from Cambodia to Libya to Turkey. Stanley is the Creator and Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming YouTubePremium docuseries, The Deported. He is an award winning screen and teleplay writer.

Statement
Architecture is one of the great human arts along with painting, literature, sculpture, theater and music. Many will pay millions for a painting of provenance the size of a briefcase. But daily we tear down architectural art that is just as important yet is only a tiny percentage of the cost of a painting. If I can help contribute to saving  important structures that are part of our heritage, I will be immensely satisfied.

Peter Gurski

Co-Chairman

Information pending.

Ara Babaian

Vice Chair

Bio
Ara Babaian is a business lawyer at Encore Law Group LLP where he heads the firm’s Corporate Department. His clients range from startups seeking venture capital financing, to mature companies in a number of industries engaging in merger and acquisition transactions. He also represents property developers, architects and designers, including advising his clients on real estate syndications. An attorney with nearly 20 years’ experience, Ara has a keen interest in forming long-lasting relationships with his clients – from forming their entity, through their growth, and ultimately to their sale. Ara’s personal passions including painting, travel and cooking.

Statement
For me Architecture is functional art. It is an expression of the people who lived at a particular place and time. Preserving architecture reinforces who we are, reminds us of our rich history (especially in a diverse place like Los Angeles), and gives us a counterpoint as we move forward building new spaces with new technologies and ideas.

Nancy Pak

Secretary

Bio
A native Angeleno, Nancy developed an early love of architecture and design growing up in a house built in 1928 by noted architect Vincent Palmer. Mentored by her real estate developer mother, Nancy now oversees a portfolio of commercial and mixed-use properties throughout Koreatown, Downtown and Frogtown. She completed a twelve-unit condominium project in Hancock Park. Nancy is experienced in working with the city’s boards/commissions to create properties that merge a classic design integrity with modern utilities. Passionate about philanthropy, Nancy serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, KFAM (Korean American Family Services) as well as the Pak Family Foundation, created in 2017 to give crisis affected children and families access to necessary social services.

Statement
Preservation is vital in honoring this city’s diverse and inspired architectural landscape and its visionaries. We need to treat these special properties with the same respect and care as given to revered historical pieces of art.

Jim Bibb

Treasurer

Bio
Jim Bibb recently retired having worked for over thirty-five years with two major nonprofit organizations, Catholic Charities of Los Angles Inc. and the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul Council of Los Angeles, Inc. During his career with these organizations he held several administrative positions i.e. Director of Operations, Controller, Internal Auditor and Program Director. Jim has interfaced with city, county, state and federal government personnel regarding program contracts and nonprofit status reporting requirements. The basic mission of these organizations is to provide assistance and help to those in need. Jim is most passionate about the work done by these vital organizations.

Statement
Architectural achievements of the past are as important as architectural achievements of today.   The recognized importance of these buildings gives us insight as to whom and what we were at that time and provides a basis for future architects to peruse. Preservation of these recognized structures is a must, anything less is “Architectural Suicide.”

Jonathan Anastas

Board Member

Bio
Jonathan acquired his passion for architecture through osmosis, growing up in two New England-based modernist homes built by Walter Gropius associate Robert Woods Johnson, including a Maine beach house that remains with the family. Anastas restored Richard Neutra’s Bonnet House and now lives in a residence designed by Robert Park, AIA. Professionally, Jonathan is currently Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at LiveXLive Media and previously held senior marketing positions at Discovery Communications (through acquisition of TEN: The Enthusiast Network), Activision Blizzard and Atari. Jonathan has advised marketing technology companies including Tubular, Celtra and led the board of the Game Marketing Summit. Prior to his career in marketing, Jonathan toured the US and Europe in several influential punk bands.

Statement
I have always found creative and architectural spaces inspiring, both professionally and personally. I have done my best work and found my happiest moment within them. Part of the magic of Los Angeles – to me – is the history of architectural experimentation and re-invention, accelerated by the unique light and landscapes the structures reveal. We need to protect that legacy, and the built icons that remain, while ensuring that today’s architects and visionaries are not too burdened with regulation and building polices set in amber to further our leadership in this area. Remember, there was a time when the flat roofs of today’s mid century masters were banned by the beliefs of the day. Part of my mission is to balance the two.

Tony Estrada

Board Member

Bio
Tony Estrada is the Principal of tonyontheweb – a full-service Marketing and Web Design studio based in the heart of Los Angeles. Known as an “industry insider” from LA to NY, the studio specializes in vibrant websites and streamlined communications for the creative professional. “We take great pride in providing uncomplicated and personalized white-glove services, while maintaining an acute awareness of all client details!” His unique combination of both creative and strategic smarts has been central to the many successful engagements he has led over the years. Keeping a finger on the pulse, his noteworthy clients have been featured in every major publication including; “AD 100” list, Architectural Digest, Robb Report, WSJ, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Town & Country, Elle Decor, Vogue, W, Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, Allure, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Self, Shape, Vanity Fair, InStyle, People, Us and countless others.

Statement
Being a native Angeleno, returning on Summer and Winter breaks while in school in Santa Barbara, it wasn’t unusual for me to find a totally different architectural landscape. I wish I could say that this is no longer the case but it is. Architectural Preservation is way over due and I’m proud to be affiliated with an organization on the forefront of this battle.