The government you elect is the government you deserve
— Thomas Jefferson

WHO ARE WE? 

Palos Verdes Residents for Responsible Government (PVrrg) is a group of highly committed citizens who identify important issues confronting the City of Palos Verdes Estates. 

PVrrg Steering Committee - Left to Right: John Harbison, Kate Greenberg, Patricia Kasscau, Rose Ramsay, Jenene Wilson, Renata Harbison, Michael Thiel and George Kay

PVrrg Steering Committee - Left to Right: John Harbison, Kate Greenberg, Patricia Kasscau, Rose Ramsay, Jenene Wilson, Renata Harbison, Michael Thiel and George Kay

Our Steering Committee:

Rose Ramsay

Rose Ramsay

Rose was born in China and lived in East Asia and the Middle East until she moved to PVE in 1974. She was raised in a family that was deeply involved in the work of local, national, and international governments during times of peace as well as war. She learned
firsthand what it is like to be stripped off one’s rights, and realized that all members of the community must contribute or else they risk losing their rights. Rose received a B.A. in mathematics and a M.S. in computer science from Penn State University. She had careers in computer science, business, spiritual retreat work, and personal counseling.    

Kate Greenberg

Kate Greenberg

 A native New Englander, Kate has lived in PVE since 1989 with her husband Richard, a local attorney. She earned a BA in Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College in MA and an MBA from Columbia Business School in NY. Their three, now-grown daughters all attended PV schools. Kate began her career at Deloitte in New York City and still holds an active CPA license. She has worked for over 30 years in senior financial executive roles, including as CFO and Chief Audit Executive of companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 200. Currently, she has her own consulting practice, KNG Consulting LLC, specializing in interim CFO and Internal Audit Executive assignments. Kate has extensive experience in financial planning and budgeting as well as in implementation of cost saving operational improvements. She has also led multiple governance, risk and compliance programs and projects in complex organizations.  A newly appointed member of the PVE Finance Advisory Committee, Kate also volunteers on finance and audit committees of other non-profit organizations. Her favorite downtime activities include travel, learning foreign languages, playing piano and singing.

John Harbison

John Harbison

John has been a PVE resident since 1991, and led the successful CEPC legal challenge that reversed the illegal sale of Panorama parkland in 2012 by the PVHA and the City of PVE and validated our Parkland deed restrictions – a decision that was upheld on appeal. He has an MBA and a BA from Harvard, as well as a CPA and Masters in Accounting. His 44 years in business is split between strategy consulting and entrepreneurship (both as an operator and as an investor in startups). Most recently, he served as chairman of Tech Coast Angels (the largest Angel investor group in the USA) where he has invested in over 60 startups and has served on many Boards. His roles over the years have included Partner, CEO, COO or President at such firms as Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Raytheon Commercial Ventures Inc., SilentRunner, Techspin, and Next Autoworks. 

Patricia Kasschau

Patricia Kasschau

George Kay

George Kay

George is retired, having served as a senior financial executive most recently at Raytheon.  He has broad industry background in Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, and Natural Resources. His public company functional experience includes operational finance, strategic planning, budgeting, proposal development, SEC reporting, commercial and government contracting and accounting.  He is experienced in mergers & acquisitions due diligence, acquisition integration, and divestiture as well as organization and segment restructuring,  ERP implementation. George started in complex manufacturing environments, single-plant, multi-plant, international locations, and is well versed in using six-sigma, and kaizen as process optimization tools and utilizing EVMS as a large program management tool.  

Jenene Wilson

Jenene Wilson

Jenene Wilson is a long time Palos Verdes Estates resident, having first moved to Lunada Bay in 1978. This is where she raised her daughter, who attended PV schools from kindergarten through high school.  Jenene enjoyed a forty plus year career in Human Resources management, working for such well known companies as Continental Airlines, Carter Hawley Hales Stores (parent company of Neiman Marcus and Broadway Department Stores at the time), Mattel, Pacific Data Images, a subsidiary of Dreamworks, and finally Edison Mission Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International.  She retired from Edison in 2014 as Vice President, Human Resources. Her roots are in the Pacific Northwest (mostly Seattle) where she was born and raised.  She attended the University of Washington and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Psychology with a minor in English Literature.  She enjoys travel, the theatre, the opera, attending Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale concerts and staying physically active with Pilates, walking and a bit of Yoga.

  • Renata Harbison

  • Michael Thiel