Executive Staff

Ron Brown
Ronald E. Brown, M.B.A., Ph.D.

President & CEO (since 2018)
Chief Program Officer (2000-2017)

Dr. Ronald E. Brown was selected in a nationwide search as Children’s Bureau’s new President & CEO effective January 2, 2018.  Ron is responsible for all aspects of the $34 million nonprofit that operates 21 sites throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.  Ron joined Children’s Bureau in 2000 where he managed the operations of Children’s Bureau’s foster care, adoption, mental health and child abuse prevention programs. Under his leadership, these program grants and contracts grew from $11 million to over $30 million annually and now serve more than 34,000 children and parents throughout Southern California. He has been an integral part of the development of Magnolia Community Initiative, Children’s Bureau’s collaborative effort of over 70 organizations seeking to improve the well-being of vulnerable families and community outcomes in a targeted area of Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Children’s Bureau, Ron’s background was in healthcare development and management. He holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.

Jacqueline Meek
Chief Development Officer (since 2012)

Jacqueline Meek joined Children’s Bureau as the Director of Individual Giving in July 2011 and became the Chief Development Officer in August 2012. She is responsible for our private fundraising efforts as well as overseeing all aspects of the agency’s marketing and public relations activities. Jacqueline has spent more than a decade raising money for non-profit educational institutions and serving on their boards. Her background is in accounting and finance and she has diverse management experience across domestic and international operations, with particular emphasis in the financial services industry. She has held senior management positions at Airport Group International, Union Bank of California, and Deloitte & Touche. She received her B.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Oklahoma and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Gayle M. Whittemore, CPA, M.B.T.
Interim Chief Financial Officer (since 2017)

Gayle M. Whittemore is no stranger to Children’s Bureau and has been involved with our organization since 1990. In fact, Children’s Bureau was one of her first nonprofit audits when she moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area. A CPA by trade with a Master’s in Business Taxation from Golden Gate University, Ms. Whittemore has 25 years of experience as a certified public accountant in the nonprofit sector. As Children’s Bureau’s Interim Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Whittemore is responsible for the oversight of the agency’s financial matters, IT department and FAF Software social enterprise.  A strong and respected voice in the community, Ms. Whittemore is a long-time planning committee member and twice past chair of the California Society of CPA’s NonProfit Conference.



Paula Fellbaum

Paula Fellbaum
Chief Human Resources Officer (since 2017)

Paula Fellbaum oversees all aspects of Children’s Bureau’s human resources including employment, employee relations, benefits, training and wellness. Paula is a strategic, multidisciplinary people leader with an eye to driving business outcomes with compassion. In her 20-year HR career, she has primarily worked in the for-profit corporate world both within California and globally with some of technology’s interactive giants: Mainframe, THQ, Warner Bros and Nexon. Although her skill set is vast, her expertise revolves in the worlds of talent recruitment, organizational structure, change management, learning and staff development, strategic planning and engaging employees. She studied Strategic Human Resources at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada, and keeps on top of HR trends and innovations. In her early professional years, Paula founded and served on the board of a nonprofit that provided support to people with HIV/AIDS.



Board Rosters


Board of Directors
Los Angeles Trustees
Orange County Trustees

Advisory Council


Children’s Bureau’s Advisory Council, launched in April 2018, is made up of former board members and advocates who provide advice, counsel and ongoing agency support in a spirit of fellowship. The inaugural roster includes:

Jody Adair
Margie Baum
Alan Berkes
David Brown
Mark Carlin
Jim Ford
Mike Fourticq, Sr.
Chris Frank
Linda Garrison
Connie Gavin

Thomas Hacking
Doug Hayes
Pete Kelly
Mark Lemons
Susana Luna
David Madison
Charlie Marquis
Hector Orci
Keith Renken
Hal Washburn