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.

2018 LA Fleet Week Event Chairs

Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mayor | City of Los Angeles

Wallis Annenberg
President | The Annenberg Foundation

2018 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

Dominic Ng

Gene Sykes

Governor Gray Davis

Councilman Joe Buscaino

John Semcken

Karla and William H. Ahmanson

Susan and Howard Groff

Richard and Suzanne Kayne

Governor Pete Wilson

Ron Meyer

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

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

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

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

2018 Foundation Committee Chairs

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.

STEM Expo Village

Amy Grat
CEO, International Trade Education Programs (ITEP)

Food, Beverage & Entertainment

Todd Caleca
Director, Sales & Business Development, Battleship IOWA

Military Village

RADM Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.)

Community Outreach & Excursions

Ken Hagihara


CAPT Rich Abele, USNR (ret.)

Veterans Village

CAPT Richard McKenna, USN (ret.)

Basketball Tournament

Ariza Elevated Game Awards

First Responders Village

Dave Badgett
Retired Assistant Chief LAFD

Galley Wars

Leigh Smith
Media Relations, Port of Los Angeles


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