Renata Simril '93

Serving in so many ways.

Renata Simril '93, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Times

"Service," Renata Simril says, "is the price you pay for the space you occupy." That wisdom has been passed down through four generations of Renata's family, starting with her maternal great-grandmother.

"We all have a responsibility to give back," Renata explains. "And to whom much is given, much is expected." When it comes to expectations, Renata has spent years exceeding them. Leadership, service and giving are the through-lines of her life. She spent three years in the U.S. Army, served as Los Angeles deputy mayor, taught as an adjunct professor and is a trustee of an affordable housing nonprofit.

At LMU, Renata's generosity and commitment are legendary. She serves on the Board of Regents, co-founded the African American Alumni Association and is an adviser to The Learning Community, a summer program for incoming African-American students. After working in real estate services and at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Renata now serves as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Los Angeles Times.

How can one person do so much? Credit another family lesson: "What was instilled in me was a work ethic," Renata says. "If you work hard, you can achieve anything you set your mind to."