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Board of Airport Commissioners

A seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners governs Los Angeles World Airports. By the Charter of the City of Los Angeles, the Board is responsible for the formulation of airport policy. The Board is comprised of public-spirited business and civic leaders who are appointed by the Mayor, approved by the City Council and serve staggered five-year terms.

The current members of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners are Sean O. Burton; Jeffrey J. Daar. Gabriel L. Eshaghian, Beatrice E. Hsu, Nolan V. Rollins, Cynthia Telles, and Valeria C. Velasco. Commissioner Velasco was first appointed to the Board on September 5, 2005 and has remained a member since that time.

Commissioner Burton was first elected president of the Board on September 17, 2013. Commissioner Velasco was re-elected vice president on that same day.

Following are biographies of each of the commissioners:

Sean O. Burton Sean O. Burton – President (appointed for term ending June 30, 2019)

Commissioner Burton is president of CityView and a member of CityView’s Board of Directors and Investment Committees. CityView is a real estate fund sponsor and operator that invests institutional capital in urban residential housing throughout the United States.

Prior to joining CityView, Commissioner Burton was a senior executive in the Corporate Business Development and Strategy Division at Warner Bros., where he was responsible for making strategic investments. His other professional experience includes serving as a transactional attorney at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP and serving in the White House and for the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton Administration.

Commissioner Burton previously served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission where he chaired the subcommittee, overseeing approval of the proposed Farmers Field National Football League stadium. He also had a leading role in advocating structural changes in the state’s fiscal and budgetary process when he was appointed by the Governor in 2001 to the California Commission on Tax Policy and the New Economy. He is a trustee at John Thomas Dye School, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and a member of the board of United Friends of the Children.

Commissioner Burton is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and the University of California, Irvine. He recently retired as a lieutenant (Intelligence) from the United States Navy Reserve.

Valeria C. Velasco Valeria C. Velasco – Vice President (appointed for term ending June 30, 2017)

Commissioner Velasco is a sole practitioner estate planning attorney in Playa del Rey.  As a civic leader, she has served as Lieutenant Governor for Rotary International District 5280 and currently serves as a Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the State Bar of California. She also served as chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce World Trade Week in 201.

Commissioner Velasco has served as a City of Los Angeles Planning Commissioner, Staff Legal Counsel and Hispanic Liaison to former City Councilman Michael Woo, Assembly Aide/Hispanic Liaison to former Assemblyman Mike Roos and a bilingual elementary school teacher.

Commissioner Velasco earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, a Master of Arts degree in education from Claremont Graduate School, and Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach.

Commissioner Velasco has held the position of vice president of the Board of Airport Commissioners since September 14, 2005. She is a native Californian, born at California Hospital in Los Angeles, and has lived with her husband Frank in Playa del Rey since 1988.

Jeffery J. Daar (This site under construction.)

Gabriel L. Eshaghian Gabriel L. Eshaghian (appointed for term ending June 30, 2019)

Commissioner Eshaghian is a Principal and Vice President of Acquisitions and Development with The Somerset Group, a New York-based real estate investment, development and management firm founded in 1979. He has been with the organization for more than eight years, since he opened its Los Angeles office in September 2005.

Before joining Somerset, Commissioner Eshaghian spent more than 10 years in various executive positions within the travel and transportation industries, most recently with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, one of the world’s largest professional services firms. He spent over three years as their U.S.-based Global Travel Manager, followed by two years as a director with its United Kingdom affiliate Nyras, focusing on turnaround, strategy consulting and investment banking transaction services in the global airline and transportation sector.

Commissioner Eshaghian has also held commercial management and business development positions in the airline industry, including positions with Swissair, and with Virgin Atlantic Airways as its US-based Global Key Accounts Manager.

He is a subject matter expert in the areas of real estate acquisitions and finance, global travel management and aviation strategy. He has traveled and worked extensively in more than 50 countries and is a classically trained concert-level pianist. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Ipalpiti Young Artists International, The Maestro Foundation and the Children’ Music Fund Charity.

Commissioner Eshaghian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University.

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