Executive Director’s Corner

Jim Rinaldi
Jim Rinaldi

2024 Board Announcement

I am pleased to announce the composition of the Innovate@UCLA Board for the year 2024. Serving as the Executive Chair of the Board is Bhupesh Arora, the VP and CIO of Magellan Midstream Partners, a subsidiary of ONEOK. Joining him in leadership is our new Vice Chair, Beth Apillanes, Deputy CIO of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who will continue as our Program Committee’s Chair.

Additionally, we extend a warm welcome to our new Board members and acknowledge their respective roles:

  • Melanie Hildebrandt, EVP and CIO of Endeavor, who joins the Women In Technology (WIT) Committee.
  • Beverly Macy, Author and educator at UCLA, contributing to our Executive Leadership Award (ELA) Committee.
  • Trent Johnson, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer of CIE, as our newly formed Alliance Channel Strategy Committee.
  • Thomas Phelps, SVP of Corporate Strategy and CIO of Laserfiche, assumed the role of Evanta Events Chair.

The existing Committees, namely Women In Technology, Sponsorship, Executive Leadership Award, and Programs Events, will continue to thrive under the stewardship of their current Chairs. As of now, the roles of Marketing Committee Chair and Chief Strategist are yet to be determined.

This Board is characterized by its strength, encompassing a blend of seasoned members and fresh perspectives in various roles.

I eagerly anticipate collaborating with this esteemed Board to ensure a successful and impactful year in 2024.


Jim Rinaldi

Executive Director, Innovate@UCLA