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Waves of Innovation

Meet the Committee

Committee members are happy to speak with you to clarify the application process, make suggestions regarding your proposal, or answer any questions. Please reach them at the e-mail addresses below. For additional questions, please call (310) 506-4501 or e-mail

Alan Beard 
Alan is principal of McBeard Media, which specializes in social media content and advertising. He is an alumnus of Seaver College and the School of Public Policy.

Rebecca Carson
Rebecca is the managing director for Pepperdine University Center for the Arts.

Brad Fornaciari
Brad is president of Lighthouse Branding. He is an alumnus and adjunct professor at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Lee Kats
Lee is the vice provost for research and strategic initiatives and a professor of biology in Seaver College.

Barry McDonald
Barry is a professor of constitutional law at the School of Law.

Marnie Mitze
Marnie is chief of staff to the president of Pepperdine University.

Dan Morrison
Dan is a professor of sociology at Seaver College.

Michael Williams
Michael serves as associate dean at the Graziadio School, with responsibilities for all full-time programs, recruitment and the Career Management Center.