Ronald Cohen has served as the Chief Executive Officer of UCP Wheels for Humanity since 2007 and since that time he has been instrumental in the growth and diversity of the organization. Cohen is also the CEO of UCP Wheels’ parent organization, United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. He established the first community-based group homes for non-ambulatory children with behavioral disorders in the state of California, and is responsible for developing the wide continuum of services UCP provides today. Under his leadership, UCP has grown to be one of the largest not-for-profit organizations serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in California. He is highly regarded as an expert in the field and has testified numerous times before the United States Congress and the California Legislature.


David has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management. He served as the CEO for LA Family Housing, where he developed housing and supportive services for homeless individuals and families; and most recently, as the CEO of Affordable Living for the Aging, where he created services and housing for impoverished seniors. While under a contract with USAID, he also worked in Cambodia running the country’s program for labor rights. Prior to his career in the non-profit world, David practiced law for six years.

Senior Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Koorosh Zartoshty, Treasurer
  • Kathy Amooi
  • Susan Bittan
  • Daniel Scott Johnson, Secretary
  • Matthew Johnson, Chairman
  • Matt Adler
  • Lawrence A. Post
  • Jojo Rodpotong
  • Venus Nicolino, Ph.D.
  • Joey Parsi
  • David Rocklin
  • Ted Schwab
  • Peter William Shapiro
  • Julia Sevilla Somoza
  • Francine Weiner
  • Peter Zimble
  • Jory Tremblay
  • Laura San Giacomo
  • Marlon Schwarcz

Advisory Council

  • Tim Allen
  • Frank Drake
  • Beau Boeckmann
  • Holly Engelman
  • Robert Evans
  • Dee Dee Freney
  • Bill Garber
  • Wayne Hanson
  • Eve Hill
  • Robert H. Ludlow Jr.
  • Eva Ma
  • Ali MacGraw
  • Rita Morgan
  • Robert Morgan
  • David Morton
  • Jamie Noon
  • Kathy Stone
  • John White