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Marshall and Leventhal Announce 2024 Commencement Speakers

Marshall and Leventhal Announce 2024 Commencement Speakers

Marshall and Leventhal will celebrate their graduates with addresses from leaders in real estate and banking.


The Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting have announced their 2024 commencement speakers. The ceremonies, which will take place on May 10 at Alumni Memorial Park and Brittingham Field, will feature honorees from a diverse range of disciplines. The two speakers, both Trojans, are respectively responsible for billions of dollars in real estate value and one of the nation’s most successful banks. 

  • Jaime Lee BA ’06, JD ’09 is the chief executive officer of the Jamison group of companies, a $6 billion privately held commercial real estate enterprise. She is an independent director for the James Campbell Company, a $5.3 billion Hawaii-based, nationally-diversified real estate group, a board member for the LA 2028 Olympics games, a trustee at Harvard-Westlake School, and a member of the Mayor’s International Advisory Council, along with many others. From 2018 to 2023 she was the President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Los Angeles, where she led with distinction through the pandemic and ensuing container crisis.

    Lee has been named one of the 500 most influential people in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal every year since 2018. She has received a Los Angeles Times Women of Influence Award, the LA Parks Foundation’s Rose Award, Asia Society Southern California’s Urban Visionary Award, the USC School of Architecture’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award, and the Asian American Architects & Engineers President’s Award.

    “USC commencement is one of the most thrilling days of the year as we welcome new graduates as fellow Trojan alumni. I am incredibly humbled to be a welcoming voice at Marshall’s ceremony this year. The pace of change in our business world is accelerating in unimaginable ways, both technologically as well as societally, and our graduate students at Marshall are on the leading edge of that change with their entrepreneurship, creativity, empathy, and vision for a more connected future.”

  • Karen Schoenbaum ’85 joined American Business Bank (ABB) as executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2017. The Bank has grown to the top 10% of banks nationally in assets. Preceding ABB, Schoenbaum served as executive vice president and CFO of several banks in the Los Angeles area. In addition, she worked for several years at EY. She received her BA in Business, a Certificate in Computer Science, and a Master’s in Accounting from the Leventhal School of Accounting. Schoenbaum is a past president of the USC Accounting Circle as well as a recipient of the USC Leventhal Distinguished Service Award.

    “It is a great privilege to celebrate with the Trojan Family, especially the USC Leventhal graduates’ accomplishments, and to look forward with them and Dean Holder on their next chapter in life. USC means so much to me and I am grateful to serve as a speaker to encourage the graduates and others on the merits of an accounting education and career.”