Board of Directors
Stephen A. Block is a Venture Partner of K5 Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm based in Orange County, CA. He is also a member of the Tech Coast Angels, Southern California’s largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. He also mentors entrepreneurs, speaks on angel and VC investing and entrepreneurship at universities and business conferences, judges/coaches business plan competitions.
Mr. Block is a member of the Board of Directors of two public companies, several of the K-5 portfolio companies and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.
Since he moved to California in 2004 following his retirement as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., where he had served as Chief Legal Officer for 12 years, Mr. Block has also been active in the California new classical music community, having commissioned pieces by composers, including, among others, Missy Mazzoli, Chris Cerrone (including his opera Invisible Cities, produced by The Industry), Andrew McIntosh (a piece specifically written for the LAPQ) and Dylan Mattingly. He has also sponsored the Director’s Chair for The Industry’s production of Hopscotch, a unique opera by six local composers performed in limousines driving in Los Angeles and at very locations in the city.
Mr. Block holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA cum laude from Yale University.
Steven Gove is an attorney with sixteen years of experience specializing in corporate, non-profit, tax and real estate transaction matters. Steven began his legal career in New York, where he worked as an associate at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, and then at Loeb & Loeb LLP. For the past five years, Steven has lived and worked in Los Angeles.
During his legal career, Steven has represented over three dozen non-profit entities in obtaining federal and state tax-exempt status, including numerous classical performance groups and music festivals based in Los Angeles, such as People Inside Electronics, MicroFest, Hear Now Music Festival and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ). In 2014, Steven advised LAPQ through its corporate formation and tax exemption application process, and in 2015 was invited to join LAPQ’s Board of Directors.
In addition to his private law practice, Steven is also part-time General Counsel for an affiliated group of family-owned companies with ownership, management and investment interests in over two dozen real estate properties, several garment manufacturing and textile businesses, and separate auto and truck finance businesses. Mr. Gove holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife Amy, a yoga instructor, and their three cats.
Raulee Marcus is a new music enthusiast and classical music supporter. She serves on the Board of Directors, Long Beach Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, Bang On A Can and LAPQ (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Ojai Music Festival and the Board of Overseers of LAPhil where she has co-commissioned pieces by Missy Mazzoli, John Luther Adams and Dylan Mattingly. She was a co-commissioner of The Industry’s Invisible Cities at Union Station, written and composed by Chris Cerrone. This piece was runner up for the 2014 Pulitizer. She has also commissioned pieces by David Lang, Andrew McIntosh and Ted Hearne.
She is also a ceramics enthusiast and is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, CA.
Raulee is an executive with 25+ years of P&L responsibility in consumer products and services companies. While Ms. Marcus has worked in senior operating positions in Fortune 100 companies for most of her career, she has consulting and small company experience as well.
She is a specialist in driving companies to significant growth in revenue and profit in highly competitive industries. For example, in her capacity as a Corporate Officer for Neutrogena, she and her departments are credited with increasing revenue more than 4-fold and profit more than 8-fold in 6 years. At Colgate-Palmolive, she led global turnaround and launch initiatives. One of these initiatives helped regain worldwide leadership in 30 countries and another unleashed a new $100MM global brand in a 2-year rollout.
Raulee is the president of Pinnacle Management, a consulting firm specialized in go-to market strategies and tactics. She and her team often parachute into companies to help them capitalize on opportunities. For example, she served as part-time Chief Marketing Officer of Green Dot Corp.
As a member of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel investing network, Raulee co-led the Series A round for Green Dot (GDOT) and serve on its board of directors. GDOT’s 2010 IPO yielded TCA’s most lucrative exit at 110 times return on series A.
She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an MBA from the American Graduate School. She represented Neutrogena at the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She has traveled widely, including consulting for the governments of India and China.
Marshall A. Rutter is a graduate of Amherst College who learned to love contemporary classical music as a student. It has become his passion for many decades. He has been a supporter of great concert music, most importantly choral music ever since college days. He was a founding board member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and served a number of terms as president or chairman of its board of directors. He continues to serve as a director emeritus of that world-famous chorus.
More recently, Marshall has become a supporter of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, not only for the fascinating music it performs, but particularly because it commissions and performs the music of today by both established and up-and-coming composers of note.
Marshall, along with his wife, Terry Knowles, for fifteen years the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Association, have commissioned numerous composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Jennifer Higdon, Tania Leon and Augusta Read Thomas, among others. Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterious, commissioned by Marshall for Terry on their second wedding anniversary, has become one of the most frequently performed, and ardently loved, choral compositions of the past 25 years.
Marshall has served on the boards of the Ojai Music Festival, where he was the treasurer, and of Chorus America, the national service organization of professional, community and children’s choruses. He was president for several years and was recently elected director laureate of that organization.
Marshall is a practicing lawyer, limiting his practice to family law. He founded a firm that grew to 30 lawyers until he left it a number of years ago to practice nearer home in Pasadena. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Marshall intends to devote his passion for new and adventurous music to help LAPQ achieve greater recognition and performance opportunities and assist in commissioning of new and cutting edge compositions for percussion, a newly found passion.