Board of Directors

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.

Erwin Chemerinsky

ChemerinskyHeadShotChemerinsky, inaugural dean of the new law school at the University of California, Irvine, is one of the nation’s most respected constitutional scholars.

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.

Henry Weinstein

WeinsteinHeadShotWeinstein, former prize-winning legal affairs reporter with the Los Angeles Times, is now a professor at UCI law school teaching legal writing and developing clinical programs.

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.

Norberto Santana Jr., Publisher

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Norberto Santana Jr., is an award-winning investigative reporter with nearly two decades reporting experience directly engaging with Orange County government institutions and decision makers.

As Publisher, Santana oversees all newsroom, engagement and fundraising operations and also writes a regular Opinion column about Orange County government.

Before founding Voice of OC in 2009, Santana was a lead investigative reporter for the Orange County Register from 2004-2009, focusing on county government. He’s spent nearly two decades just focusing on local governments across Southern California, previously as a staff writer with outlets such as the San Diego Union Tribune and the San Bernardino County Sun.

Santana began his journalistic career in the early 1990s as an apprentice reporter with Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. covering daily floor action in the U.S. Congress and followed that up with a stint covering the territorial Senate for the U.S. Virgin Islands Daily News.

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 on National Endowment for Democracy programs across Latin America. 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.

Colleen Clark

fullsizerenderClark is a respected finance professional with more than 25 years’ experience. A graduate of CSU Fullerton, she spent five years with the international public accounting firm of Deloitte and 20 years as the CFO and Finance Director for public agencies including the County of Orange, City of Irvine and Transportation Corridor Agencies.  She managed the issuance of over $5 Billion in tax exempt bonds, managed investments of over $1 Billion and developed and managed multimillion dollar annual budgets.