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For more than twenty years, Ms. Griego has served on the boards of private and publicly held corporations, including current directorships with CBS Corporation, AECOM Technology Corp. and American Funds.  Community service has been a mainstay of her career.  Presently she serves as chair of the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation (which she founded), chair of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and member of the boards of director of the LA Phil, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

  • In 1986 she founded Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company that has overseen entrepreneurial ventures in Los Angeles and New Mexico, including:
  • the acquisition, development and renovation of a historic firehouse in downtown LA into offices and a prominent restaurant, Engine Co. No. 28;
  • successful operation of the Engine Co. No. 28 restaurant for over 20 years, after which it was sold, together with the building, and remains in operation;
  • the acquisition, development and renovation of the historic Oso Ranch & Lodge in New Mexico as a hunting and fishing operation; and
  • launch of a new bakery/café concept, Etchea, with two locations in downtown LA.   

Ms. Griego also has been active in civic affairs, including Chief of Protocol and Deputy Mayor of the city of Los Angeles, focused on economic development; President and CEO of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, charged with making loans in the federal LA economic empowerment zone; and President and CEO of Rebuild LA, the agency created to coordinate a five-year economic recovery following the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest.  She is a former director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital board; founder of its community foundation; and former Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for twelve years.  She has also served on the boards of directors of the YMCA of Greater Metropolitan Los Angeles, the German Marshall Fund, the Art Center College of Design, Scripps College and the Community Development Technologies Center (Rebuild LA’s successor).  

Ms. Griego previously served on the boards of City National Bank, Southwest Water Co., Granite Construction, Inc., Blockbuster, Inc., Tokai Bank and First Interstate Bank.  She was also a Los Angeles director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for twenty years; and was a founding member and director of the Pacific Council on International Policy for more than a decade.  She served on the boards of the World Affairs Council, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute and the Public Policy Institute of California.

Ms. Griego has maintained strong ties with UCLA since her graduation in 1975 when she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  She is a former senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy.  She currently serves on the Iris Cantor- UCLA Women’s Health Center advisory board. In 2008, she received the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the University.

She has been recognized for her civic and community leadership by the city, county and several organizations including the Hispanics in Philanthropy, YMCA of Greater Metropolitan Los Angeles, MALDEF, the Anti-Defamation League, CORO Southern California, the White House Fellows Commission, San Francisco Hispanic Foundation, the Edmund G. Brown Institute of Public Affairs, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hope. 

Born and raised in Tucumcari, New Mexico, Ms. Griego comes from Mexican-American family of professional bakers and railroad workers.  Following graduation from high school, Ms. Griego moved to Washington, D.C. to work for her hometown congressman.  She later worked for U. S. Senator Alan Cranston of California.