Los Angeles, CA, August 13, 2014 — CASA/LA is proud to welcome Jeremy R. Davies to its Board of Directors. Mr. Davies brings over 30 years of business experience to CASA, and will seek to build upon his already impressive contributions to the organization.
Utilizing his expansive business network, Mr. Davies has developed a corporate outreach program for CASA, which has resulted in a number of new corporate supporters and board members. He also arranged for CASA/LA to be the beneficiary of the 2013 LA Auto Show’s charity preview night and has served on the committee for the Evening to Foster Dreams Gala, which has helped raised CASA’s profile within the community.
“I am often asked why and how I became involved with CASA. When CASA lost its governmental funding as a result of the unintended consequences of budget cuts, a very good friend of mine Bruce Herron became President and, later on, Chairman of CASA/LA,” said Jeremy Davies. “He told me about some of the challenges facing CASA, not the least of which was the fact that the organization had not seen the need to market its cause and needs to the corporate world. My son, incidentally spent six years looking after abused children at Five Acres, so I had some sense of the horrific challenges these children face and felt I had something to offer.”
On December 31, 2013 Jeremy was appointed by Her Majesty, The Queen, as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to British business interests in the USA. He recently received his award at Buckingham Palace from His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
Formerly a Senior Partner in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services of PwC, Jeremy has more than 30 years of experience of serving American, Japanese, European and Brazilian global and middle market and emerging companies across a wide range of industries. From 1986-1990 he held various responsibilities in the World Chairman’s London Office. Jeremy was Chairman of the U.S. firm’s Japan Business Network Steering Committee and led the automotive sector practice in the West Region of the United States. He currently serves on the Los Angeles Office Retired Partners’ Steering Committee.
Jeremy is former National Chairman and President of the British American Business Council, the largest transatlantic business association; former member of the Executive Advisory Board of the European Union Center of California; is a member of the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, its World Trade Committee (he initiated the first ever study of the economic impact on LA County of foreign direct investment), its Green Economy Committee and its e-mobility Task Force. He is Senior Advisor to the VerdeXchange Institute, a think tank dedicated to supporting Los Angeles County as a global marketplace for clean and green technologies and as a portal of entry into the US renewable energy and clean technology market.
“It is a journey and much still remains to be done to sustain corporate (and other) funding flows that will allow CASA to significantly increase the number of foster children who have one of our wonderful volunteers devoted to their lives,” said Davies. “CASA has my full support in every way to help grow and support this vital organization.”
Founded in 1978, CASA of Los Angeles is a community-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the overburdened foster care system of Los Angeles County. CASA’s vision is of a Los Angeles where every foster child has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive. Through committed, highly trained everyday citizen volunteers, CASA brings the voice of a concerned community into the child welfare system. Studies have shown that children with CASAs receive more assistance and support than children without, and are more likely to be adopted or returned to their families and less likely to reenter the child welfare system. For more information, please visit the CASA of Los Angeles website: http://www.casala.org