About Global LA

Promoting Los Angeles to the World

Fortifying L.A.’s Legacy for the 21st Century

Attracting investment and securing our future

L.A. has a global reputation for being at the forefront of cutting-edge industries. Our people and businesses set trends, anticipate economic opportunities, infuse innovation and creativity into everything they build, and call L.A. home, because Angelenos ask ‘how big are your dreams and how can I help?’.

The mission of Global LA is to attract international businesses, entrepreneurs, students, and nonprofits to fortify Greater L.A.’s communities, create jobs, and contribute to a resilient economy. Together with our partners and members, Global LA will enable a more equitable, vibrant, generative economy that grows and thrives as a result of an increasingly international and diverse population.

As the host of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, LA28, Global LA, and a broad network of partners are ready to support new businesses that will help deliver the games and secure LA’s Olympic legacy for the 21st Century.

Who We Are

Global LA is a public-private partnership established by the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and supported by L.A.’s most dynamic businesses, dedicated civic leaders, and economic development organizations. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 and a project of Community Partners.

What We Can Offer International Investors

  • Connect you with local agencies and partner organizations that can facilitate your plans to operate from L.A.
  • Guide you towards information and associations that are specific to your industry.
  • Make direct introductions to service partners, potential clients and supply chain companies.
  • Support visiting government and business trade missions to the area.
  • Collaborate on industry and country strategies to build mutually beneficial pipelines of new partnerships and opportunities.

Partner Organizations

Meet the Team
and Advisory Board

Global LA is a small and growing team working alongside the region’s most dynamic business executives, dedicated civic leaders, and iconic entrepreneurs.


Terri L. Batch

President & CEO

Ms. Terri L. Batch is President and CEO of Global LA, a public-private partnership dedicated to promoting the breadth of L.A.’s diverse business climate around the world and highlighting opportunities for foreign investment and international collaboration within the region.

Prior to joining Global LA, Ms. Batch spent two decades with the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Her most recent position was the Director of the Global Diversity Export Initiative (GDEI) of the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA).  Ms. Batch was the inaugural leader of the GDEI program which promotes export opportunities to historically underserved communities including minority-owned, women-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, veteran-owned, and disabled-owned businesses.  In this role, Ms. Batch championed a GDEI trade mission to the African continent and provided expertise and guidance to trade missions, trade events, and programs that expanded the depth and breadth of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s outreach.

Ms. Batch served in many capacities at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She led the Global Design & Construction Team and served as the inaugural Team Leader for the Global China Team.  She also founded B-BOLD (Blacks Building Opportunities to Leverage Diversity), an employee resource group within ITA that focused on creating a more diverse and inclusive organization and prioritizing outreach to minority-and-women-owned businesses.  Terri also served as an Export Advisor to the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and as the co-lead for the International Affairs Cluster for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Ms. Batch has been recognized with Bronze and Silver Medal Awards for her leadership within the U.S. Department of Commerce and was recently awarded the William E. Morton Memorial award for being a trailblazer within ITA for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Ms. Batch earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Spelman College and a Master of Public Administration from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Ms. Batch speaks Mandarin Chinese and trained at institutes in Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan. She has guided U.S. businesses throughout China and the Asia Region, Brazil, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria.  Terri has a professional designation as a Global Logistics Specialist from California State University Long Beach and is a Certified Global Business Professional from the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE).

Advisory Board

Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines (ret)

Advisory Board Co-Chair
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Crystal Nix-Hines is a Partner in the Los Angeles Office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan where she focuses on complex litigation, including shareholder derivative actions, contractual and unfair business practice disputes, and intellectual property litigation. Since returning to the firm in 2017 after her tenure in Paris as U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, Ambassador Nix-Hines has also spearheaded the firm’s Crisis Law & Strategy Group, which helps companies with crisis management, as well as longer-term strategic issues including diversity and inclusion, compliance and corporate governance issues. She began her career as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O’Connor, and to William Norris of the Ninth Circuit.

Erin Bromaghim

Board Member
Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, City of Los Angeles

Erin Bromaghim serves as the Deputy Mayor of International Affairs in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, focused on bringing global opportunities to Angelenos and connecting Los Angeles to economic and cultural partners around the world. She leads a team with deep expertise on international trade and investment, international relations, educational and cultural exchange, the Sustainable Development Goals and the green economy, city diplomacy, gender equity, and major global events including the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Most recently, Erin served as the Director of Olympic and Paralympic Development as part of the Mayor’s International Affairs team, as well as the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Fellow, using the framework of the United Nations Agenda 2030 toalign, measure, and track the City’s progress toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Erin also served as a Visiting Senior Fellow on City and State Diplomacy with the Truman Center for National Policy, exploring the ways in which collaboration between local and federal actors can advance U.S. foreign policy objectives. Erin previously spent 14 years as a senior civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense, where she managed interagency defense, intelligence, special operations, and security reform efforts. Erin entered federal civil service as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Navy, later working for the U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NATO. She holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Georgetown University, as well as a certificate in advanced project management from Stanford University.

Danny Acosta

Board Member
Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Danny Acosta has built a career that brings together global public and private sector experience, working on policy and strategic growth initiatives, and organizational transformations, with corporate and government leaders across a range of industries. Now based in his hometown of Los Angeles, Danny has worked heavily in industries ranging from Media & Entertainment to Infrastructure and Economic Development. Building on his background in international development – and having worked across the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and Southeast Asia – Danny also works with BCG’s Social Impact and Global Advantage Practices, helping companies and governments bridge the gaps between developing and developed markets.

Ron Frierson

Board Member
Director of Economic Development for Western US, Amazon

Ron Frierson serves as Director of Economic Development for the U.S. West Region at Amazon. In his role, Ron leads the team that supports and champions Amazon investment projects across multiple business lines. Before joining Amazon, Ron served as Director of Economic Policy for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ron led the Business Team for the Mayor’s Office, which developed business policy affecting the world’s 3rd largest metropolitan economy. Ron’s portfolio included Commercial Real Estate Development, Technology, Sports & Entertainment, Manufacturing (Bioscience), Taxation, Healthcare, and Tourism & Hospitality. He also oversaw the Convention & Tourism Department, Department of Cannabis Regulation and the Economic Workforce & Development Department on behalf of the Mayor’s Office.

Carol Leslie Hamilton

Board Member
Highly respected, Los Angeles Attorney

Carol Leslie Hamilton is a lawyer in Los Angeles, California, with experience in both private practice and public service.
Ms. Hamilton serves on the UC College of the Law, San Francisco Board of Governors and the boards of Alliance for Justice and Renewables 100 Policy Institute.
Nominated by President Biden as the U.S. Public Diplomat to the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and by President Obama as the U.S.Alternate Representative to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, she represented the United States on issues of international security, nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, security in outer space and human rights. She played a key role in obtaining overwhelming support for two significant U.S. resolutions, one proposing a global ban on destructive anti-satellite missile tests, which laid the foundation for a joint resolution on that issue sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein and Congressman Ted Lieu,and another calling for global nuclear compliance. She was an interlocutor on the successful initiative to remove Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Jonathan Davies

Board Member
Partner, SRI Executive Search

With more than 25 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Jonathan has held a variety of C-suite global leadership positions with U.S.-based media companies, including CNN, Discovery International, and Eurosport, as they have navigated the strategic, operational, and cultural challenges of a marketplace being transformed by digital technologies. Davies brings the added perspective to the Board of leading the LA growth of a British multinational organization.

Stanly E. Washington

Founder/CEO, Pantheon Business Consulting, LLC

Yolanda “Cookie” Parker

Executive Advisor/Philanthropist/Community Activist

Quentin D. Strode

CEO, Vermont/Slauson Economic Development Corporation

Dr. Carl Frederick Martin

Founder/CEO, Compton Performing Arts Academy

Martha Montoya

CEO, Agtools Inc.

Stephanie Graves

CEO, Lee Andrews Group

Jay Tsao

President & CEO, Logisticom, Inc.

Previous Board Members

Ambassador Nina Hachigian

Special Representative for Subnational Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State

Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Ambassador Nina Hachigian to be the first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs. From 2014 to 2017, Ambassador Hachigian served as the second U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). During her tenure, the United States established a strategic partnership with ASEAN, held the first Leaders’ Summit in the United States, launched a Presidential initiative on economic cooperation, established the U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy and grew the youth program to over 100,000 members. She was awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for her service. She is also a founder of WASA, Women Ambassadors Serving America, a group of some 200 current and former Ambassadors.

Trevor Neilson

Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of WasteFuel

Previously, Neilson served as Co-founder and CEO of i(x) Net Zero, a leading sustainable investing platform which is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (IX.). In 2006, Neilson co-founded advisory firm Global Philanthropy Group. In that capacity, he has been involved in the creation and implementation of many of the world’s most respected philanthropic initiatives and has worked with over fifty major philanthropists. Neilson’s leadership in business and social change includes time as the Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition (GBC), and founding member of the team that created and launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he served as the Director of Public Affairs.

Jaime Lee

President, Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners

Jason Woo

President, Evite

Dr. Sanjeev Khagram

CEO, Director-General, & Dean, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University

Ambassador Michael Lawson (ret)

President and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League

Hernán Diaz Alonso

Director, SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture)

Steve Bash

Senior Vice President, City National Bank

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