The C.H.A.N.G.E. Team
John Cox, Chairman of the Board of Advisors, C.H.A.N.G.E.
Dan Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, C.H.A.N.G.E.
Rear Admiral Russell Penniman, Advisory Board, C.H.A.N.G.E.
Dan held leadership positions at several public affairs consulting firms and served as the CEO of a California based statewide trade association for almost a decade. Prior to that he worked for the California State Legislature and managed numerous political campaigns. He also served as an appointee for two governors and as a Planning Commissioner in the City of Elk Grove, California.
Dan earned his MPA and BA from the University of Southern California and is accredited (APR) with the Public Relations Society of America.Rear Admiral Russell Penniman, Advisory Board Member
Russ Penniman retired from the United States Navy, with the rank of Rear Admiral, after 35 years of distinguished service.
Following his designation as a Naval Aviator, Penniman served with numerous fleet fighter squadrons, and deployed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Abraham Lincoln in support of Operation Desert Storm. In 2003, then Captain Penniman served on the Joint Air Component commander’s staff, U.S. Central Command, where he served as Night Director, Combat Plans Division during the opening months of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following multiple command assignments, Penniman was selected to the rank of Rear Admiral. His flag assignments include Deputy Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet & Reserve Deputy Commander and Deputy Commander & Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet. During his time in the Navy, Penniman logged in excesses of 3,000 flight hours in various tactical jet aircraft & over 430 carrier arrested landings.
Penniman is currently the managing partner of Penniman & Associates, LLC, a financial services company that focuses on investments in the real estate industry. He was formerly President of the Earth & Materials Sciences Group and a founding partner of Owens Geotechnical, Inc.
Penniman is also an active member of his community serving on a variety of boards including the State of California’s 22nd District Agricultural Association, where he served twice as Board President, Del Mar Race Track Authority, Del Mar Leasing Commission, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, and The Irvine Museum.
Penniman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Engineering Management. He completed post-graduate studies in business with Chapman University, Aviation Safety at the Naval Postgraduate School, and the program for Senior Executives in National & International Security Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.