Renata Simril is the President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation, and the President of the Play Equity Fund, youth-serving organizations committed to transforming the lives of young people through sports and play. Simril has previously served as Senior VP & Chief of Staff of the Los Angeles Times, Senior Vice President of External Affairs of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and prior to spending a decade in mixed use real estate development, was Deputy Mayor for for Economic Development & Housing in the Hahn Administration. As Development Deputy to a LA City Councilman, Simril worked to rebuild communities in South Los Angeles after the 1992 civil unrest. She began her career in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer in Germany and domestically. Simril, who lives in Studio City with her husband and two sons, earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from USC.