Wylie A. Aitken, Chairman
Aitken is a nationally recognized trial lawyer (Best Lawyers in America since 1979), rated Top 500 nationally and Top 100 in California. He is the founding partner of Aitken-Aitken-Cohn in Santa Ana, California, and at 35 was the youngest president in the history of The California Trial Lawyers Association.
Aitken is also one of Orange County’s most important philanthropists. He was recently appointed by the Governor to a four-year term on the California Arts Council, and his community activities include: Orange County Performing Arts Trustee; South Coast Repertory President and Board of Trustees;, Board Member and Cal State University Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors and President’s Circle.
Chemerinsky taught for years at the University of Southern California and has written extensively on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has remained active in public policy debates, with a central role in the LAPD Rampart scandal investigation and the crafting of a new charter for the City of Los Angeles.
As a journalist, Weinstein was known for his work on death penalty cases – freeing one man after 24 years in prison – as well as investigations into consumer fraud and white-collar crime.
Daniel Weintraub is one of the state’s most respected voices on public policy, having spent most of the last decade as a senior editorial writer with the Sacramento Bee. He is also the author of “Party of One: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the rise of the independent voter.” Weintraub today heads up his own non-profit covering community health across the state with funding from the California Endowment. He is also working with the New York Times as a columnist on California issues.
Weintraub, 42, has covered California government and politics for 16 years. Before moving to the Bee, he was a Capitol correspondent with the Los Angeles Times for eight years and Capitol bureau chief for the Orange County Register for six years. In those posts he covered three governors and focused on the state budget, health care and education policy. He was also a general assignment reporter for The Times for four years in San Diego County.
Norberto Santana Jr., Editor-in-Chief
Before founding Voice of OC in 2009, Santana was a lead investigative reporter for the Orange County Register and spent a decade covering local governments across Southern California. His work has included exposes on Orange County public safety spending, deportation policies and misuse of funds at the San Diego Red Cross.
In addition to his experience as a journalist, the Southern California native has a master’s in Latin American Studies and has worked as an elections analyst with the National Endowment for Democracy. He also has direct experience on Internet start-ups as one of the founders of CubaNet.org, a website for dissident writers inside Cuba that has operated since 1995.