Vincentian Alan Berntstein, new president of LA5, the Rotary Club of Los Angeles and the fifth oldest Rotary Club in the world, chaired his first meeting of the LA5 Rotary today at the California Club in Los Angeles. Mr. Bernstein is the first African-American to lead LA5 in the club's 106 year history.
"We are one of the 50 largest of the 34,733 Rotary Clubs in the world. We are also fortunate to have one of the largest Rotary Club Foundations within Rotary International with assets in excess of $8 million, which gives our club the ability to fund many local and international projects and grants," said Bernstein.
The special keynote speaker today was Jeanie Buss, President and Co-Owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. She was introduced and interviewed by the stand-up comedian and weathercaster Fritz Coleman of NBC4.
Born in Los Angeles, Bernstein attended Loyola High School, graduating in 1974. Alan matriculated to USC and studied Business Administration. Alan entered the workforce at Zellerbach Paper Company where he worked for eleven years in a variety of roles and subsequently landed at Pace Lithographers. Alan started as a rookie rep in 1990 and became Director, Client Services and Sales Manager in 1994. His clients include USC, Loyola Law School, Mount Saint Mary's College, among many others.
Shortly after entering the workforce, Alan joined Catholic Big Brothers and was fortunate to find a young man, Derek Jackson and a bond was formed not only with Derek but his little sister Germaine as well. The relationship still thrives today and Alan & Derek were the Keynote Speakers at the National Convention of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in 2013.
Alan married Stephanie Stern and they were blessed with a daughter, Mikaela, who is currently a sophomore at Santa Clara University.
Alan is highly involved in his local church, St. Jerome's, as a leader in the Bible Study and as Past President of the Parish Advisory Council as well as the Evangelization Committee and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.