Board of Directors

Larry Eastland, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Larry Eastland is a seasoned entrepreneur, having developed projects, structured public companies, and represented clients on four continents for more than 30 years. As Staff Assistant to the President of the United States (Gerald Ford), with assignments by Presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush, and further policy positions at the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Senate, he has become an integral advisor to public policymakers both domestically and internationally. He is the Vice-Chair of the Southern California Public Affairs Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has served in a mission presidency, on the high council, as a bishop, and as a missionary. He chairs a number of initiatives at the University of Southern California, where he taught and received his Ph.D. He is a decorated Marine Corps officer, having served as a company commander and firebase commander in Vietnam. He is married with four children and 16 grandchildren.

Michael Stanley (Vice-Chair)

Michael D. Stanley serves as the director of the Los Angeles LDS Institute of Religion at the University of Southern California. For over 25 years, he has worked to develop positive relationships within the community, student organizations, and local universities. Dr. Stanley is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a Doctorate in Organizational Development. Professionally he has consulted with multiple businesses, local and state governments and taught a variety of college courses. Prior to becoming a religious educator, he assisted in establishing language immersion programs in Taipei, Taiwan and at Brigham Young University. In addition, he assisted with logistics and worked as a facilitator at the Parliament for a Council of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain. He served as a full-time LDS missionary in Hong Kong.

George Durham

George H. Durham, III is the Executive Director of Seattle-based Linksbridge SPC, a social impact consulting firm providing strategy and advisory services to international NGOs, domestic nonprofits, and other public sector organizations in global development, global health, communications, and technology. George has led three Seattle-area nonprofit organizations, has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University. George has served in a variety of stake and ward ecclesiastical leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Christopher Eastland

Christopher L. Eastland, J.D. is a partner in the private equity firm Seidler Equity Partners and serves as a board member for numerous public and private corporations. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration: Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California; he served on the Law Review Board and graduated Order of the Coif and President of his class from the USC Gould School of Law. He was formerly a corporate associate at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP. He currently serves as bishop of the Pacific Palisades Ward in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was among the first group of missionaries in St. Petersburg, Russia where he served as Assistant to the President.

Dan Galorath

Dan Galorath has been involved with engineering, estimating, and analysis for 40 years. Under his leadership, Galorath Inc. developed SEER cost, schedule, risk applications, methods, and training for software, hardware, electronics & systems, information technology, and manufacturing. Dan is the primary author of the book “Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management: When Performance Is Measured Performance Improves.” His widely read blog, Dan Galorath on Estimating, covers estimation, planning, measurement, control and risk analysis. He has received lifetime achievement awards from major industry associations covering his contributions to the state of the art of estimation, planning, and project control. Dan speaks internationally on topics of project management, project and program economics, metrics, estimation, analysis, planning, and control. He has served in numerous church service roles including Bishop, High Councilor, stake welfare specialist, and addiction specialist.

D.M. Rawlings

Douglas M. (Chip) Rawlings, J.D. is a retired partner from the international litigation firm of Quinn Emanuel & Sullivan LLP. During his 38-year career, he specialized in complex litigation with emphases in real estate and securities litigation, particularly in mortgage-backed securities and derivatives. He also represented museum and specialized in art law. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in the History of Thought. He served as a JAG officer in the United States Air Force after graduating from Yale Law School. He recently returned from serving as President of the Finland Helsinki Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He now serves as a sealer in the Los Angeles Temple, as Chairman of the Southern California Public Affairs Council, and as a member of the North America West JustServe Council.

Laura Redford

Laura Redford is a historian, scholar, and teacher specializing in United States urban history and Los Angeles history.  She has taught at UCLA and Scripps College in Claremont, California.  Currently, she is an educator at the Geffen Academy at UCLA, teaching in the upper school.  Her work has been published in the Journal of Planning History and an online US history textbook, The American Yawp.  Dr. Redford earned her PhD in history from UCLA, holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.  She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pusan, Korea.  In addition to many teaching opportunities at church, she has served as the Director of Public Affairs, and in the leadership of the church’s women’s organization, currently as a counselor in the Los Angeles Stake Relief Society Presidency.  She and her husband have three children.

Staff Members

Jacob Rennaker, Interim Director

Jacob Rennaker was named Scholar in Residence with the Widtsoe Foundation in January 2016. He graduated from BYU with a degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and received an M.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. He earned a doctorate in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University.

Rennaker has presented scholarly papers on behalf of the Foundation at a variety of academic conferences, including those held by the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, and others.

As Interim Director of the Foundation, Rennaker develops and oversees a number of original academic and devotional initiatives as well as collaborative interfaith efforts. He also provides leadership support for programs sponsored by the Foundation, such as the New Testament Commentary Series.