About Us

LA Fleet Week began as a partnership between the US Navy, Port of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, US Navy League, and the Battleship IOWA Museum.  As the event profile has grown, the City of Los Angeles Fleet Week Foundation (LA Fleet Week Foundation) formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to support LA Fleet Week, the annual Labor Day event at the LA Waterfront.

LA Fleet Week 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

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The mission of LA Fleet Week Foundation is to plan, promote, honor and financially support Los Angeles Fleet Week, an annual celebration honoring the United States sea services and the men and women who presently serve or have served in the armed forces. The Foundation will also educate the public about the history and traditions of the sea services and the contributions of the City of Los Angeles in support of them.

2017 LA Fleet Week Event Chairs

Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mayor | City of Los Angeles

Ron Meyer
Vice Chair
 Vice Chairman | NBCUniversal

2017 LA Fleet Week Leadership Council

Members of the LA Fleet Week Leadership Council are leaders in various sectors of the community who are dedicated to supporting and advancing the mission of the annual LA Fleet Week event. 

Ambassador Frank Baxter

Andrew F. Barth

Bobby Kotick

Bruce MacRae

Elisabet and Bill Fleischman

Gene Sykes

Governor Gray Davis

Councilman Joe Buscaino

John Semcken

Karla and William H. Ahmanson

Dominic Ng

Susan and Howard Groff

Richard and Suzanne Kayne

Governor Pete Wilson

Wallis Annenberg

Warner Henry

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors oversee the mission and direction of the LA Fleet Week Foundation and are crucial in the planning and production of the annual LA Fleet Week event. 

Jonathan Williams (President) 
President & CEO | Battleship IOWA Museum 

Jeff Gorell (Vice President) 
Deputy Mayor | Mayor's Office of Public Safety

David P. Bender, Jr. (Secretary)
Partner | Haynes and Boone

John McOsker (Treasurer)
Partner| Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

Doane Liu (Director)
Executive Director | City of LA Dept. of Convention & Tourism Development

RADM Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.) (Director)

Stephanie Stone, USN (ret.) (Director)
Chief Deputy Director | Military Veterans Affairs County of Los Angeles

2017 Foundation Committees

These committees are formed in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles.  The Foundation leads fundrdaising and outreach activities to support the LA Fleet Week event.

Sponsorship Outreach

CAPT Richard McKenna, USN (ret.)

John DeRago
Director of Development | Pacific Battleship Center

Amy Grat
CEO | International Trade Education Programs (ITEP)

Manuel Jimenez
Black Knight Patrol

Rachel Sindelar
Director | Crafted

Nicholas Nguyen
Emergency Disaster Services Director | The Salvation Army Southern California Division

Renee Orefice
Dalmatian American Club

Exhibitor Outreach

Elise Swanson
CEO | San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

Louis Dominguez
Community Leader | US Army Veteran

RADM Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.)

STEM Education

RADM Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.)

Maria Isabel-Dickey
National Vice President | Navy League of the United States

Veterans Village

David Dickey
Navy League of the United States

Scott A Garig, VFT
Vet 2 Vet Productions

CAPT Richard McKenna, USN (ret.)

Blas Villalobos
Veterans Affairs Manager | LA Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs

Basketball Tournament

Ariza Elevated Game Awards

Maribel Garibay
LA Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs

Food & Beverage / Battleship IOWA Events

Todd Caleca
Events Manager | Battleship IOWA Museum


Josh Stutz
Public Programs Manager | Battleship IOWA Museum

Galley Wars

Rachel Sindelar
Director | Crafted








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