Mr. William H. Ahmanson
William Ahmanson attended Harvard-Westlake School and Occidental College, where he studied political science, theater arts, and sculpture. During college, Ahmanson began a career in banking at Home Savings of America, starting as a teller and ending his career there as the chief underwriter for its California residential lending division. After Home, Ahmanson worked in Union Bank's wealth management division—Beverly Hills.
Ahmanson retired from banking and is president of The Ahmanson Foundation, which concentrates its funding on cultural projects, education at the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels, medicine and delivery of health care services, programs related to homelessness and low-income populations, as well as a wide range of human services.
In 1986, Ahmanson began his service to the city as a Los Angeles Police Reserve officer. After 10 years of patrol, he retired to focus on family. Now that his kids are grown, he went through the Los Angeles Police Academy again and is a Level I Reserve Officer assigned to a patrol division. In addition, he is board chair of Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre); director and secretary of the Los Angeles Mounted Police Foundation; and director and finance committee chair of the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. Ahmanson is also a member and serves on the audit committee of the Brain Mapping Support Foundation at UCLA, and he is a member of the Resnick Institute Advisory Council at the California Institute of Technology.
He and his wife, Karla, have three children. His hobbies include automobiles of the '30s and '40s.
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