Board of Directors

Josh Thomas, Board President - South Bay Equity Lending

A proud native of Wisconsin, Josh started his career in the financial industry as a E-Care Specialist with Washington Mutual in the Loan Servicing E-Care Division. In 2004, Josh relocated to Southern California to work with a family member in his business as a Financial Advisor. After 4 years he decided to further his career growth by accepting a role as the Marketing Director for a local Senior Care Agency. In 2011, Josh started his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer at South Bay Equity Lending. Josh is an active member of the community and a mentor. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Co-director for Leadership Torrance, member of KEEP-SAFE COALITION a non-profit that helps fight against financial elder abuse as well as a number of other boards and organizations. In Josh’s down time he enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with family, his wife and two young daughters.


JC Bass, Secretary - Habitat for Humanity


Leslie Cortez, Treasurer - City of Torrance


Sheldon Brackett, Member

Sheldon has been serving on the Board of Directors since February 2010, providing his expertise in Not-for-Profit management, Executive Leadership, Technology, Process Management, and Community Organizing. His background includes a degree in Computer Information Systems and he has worked for many major Corporations including: Disney, State Farm, Kaiser Permanente, Arrow Electronics and local municipalities serving infants, toddlers and impoverished families.  Sheldon is very active in his community and is a member of the Torrance Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the Chamber, he served as the Executive Director of the Leadership Torrance program and participated in various other committees.  He currently works for a major Healthcare Provider and runs several small businesses. He shares a passion for child safety and wellness with his wife, and he volunteers his time to help those underserved throughout various communities.  His interests include spending time with his family, travel, cooking, racquetball, investing in children, and mentoring youth.


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