The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors has confirmed Laura Farber as President for the 2019-2020 Tournament of Roses year. Farber will provide leadership for the 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda and the 106th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Farber announced “The Power of Hope” as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme to encourage creativity in float entries, marching bands and equestrian participants. “With hope – anything, in fact, everything is possible,” shared Farber. “Hope is more than simply the possibility of fulfillment. Hope is dignity and respect, joy and happiness, aspiration and achievement. Hope never, ever quits. Through hope, we can aspire to be our best and in turn inspire those around us to reach higher.”
Farber has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1993 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2012. Throughout her extensive Tournament career, Farber has served on and chaired various committees including Decorating Places, Formation Area, Judging and Membership Development.
In addition to her many years of service in the Tournament of Roses, her civic activities include being a member of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Advisory Board and the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Museum Committee, member of the board of directors of the non-profit Clazzical Notes, a four-year member of the board of directors for the YWCA, a member of the school site council for Marengo Elementary School in South Pasadena, and an officer of the South Pasadena Middle School Booster Club.
Professionally, Farber is a partner in the Pasadena law firm of Hahn & Hahn, where she practices civil litigation with an emphasis in employment disputes. Additionally, Farber is a member of the American Bar Association, where she serves as the State Delegate for California in the House of Delegates, Chair of the Latin America and Caribbean Initiative Council, a member of the Rule of Law Initiative Board, a member of the Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee, former member of the Board of Governors representing the State of California and past chair of the Young Lawyers Division. She has also served as President of the Barristers, the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s young lawyers division.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Farber’s native language is Spanish. She earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, with departmental highest honors, in 1987 from University of California, Los Angeles and her juris doctor, cum laude, in 1990 from Georgetown University. Farber and her husband, Tomás Lopez, reside in South Pasadena and have two children, Christopher and Jessica. Her hobbies include music, tennis and reading.
Pamela Knapp elected to executive committee serving as president in 2027
Tournament of Roses Vice President Pamela Knapp has been a volunteer member since 1992 and will serve as the Association’s president in 2027. She will provide leadership for the 138th Rose Parade and the 113th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2027.
Knapp was appointed a Tournament of Roses Chair in 2010 and a Director in 2012. She has served as Chair of Membership Development, Equestrian, Float Construction, Formation Area, and Float Entries, and as Vice Chair of the Music, University Entertainment and Equestrian Committees.
Knapp has been an active community volunteer, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association as Director of Communications. Her previous volunteer service includes multiple terms as Council President and PTA President with the La Cañada Unified School District, and National Charity League. Knapp also has deep family roots with the Tournament of Roses; her Great Grandfather James Carroll Sheppard was Captain of the Winning Tug of War Team from Duarte at the 1st Tournament of Roses in 1890 and her Great Grandfather Moses Sarkis Pashgian was Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade in 1915.
She is retired from the banking industry where she held the position of Vice President of First Interstate Bank. She graduated from University of Southern California in 1984, with a B.S. Business Administration. While at USC, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and attended Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Knapp and her husband, Don, live in La Cañada Flintridge and have three children, Meghan, Christopher, and Justin.
In addition, the following officers were elected to serve with Knapp on the 14-member Executive Committee: Robert B. Miller, Executive Vice President; Amy Wainscott, Treasurer; Alex Aghajanian, Secretary. Gerald Freeny, President of the 2019 Tournament of Roses, serves as Past President.
Re-elected to the Executive Committee as Vice Presidents are Ed Morales, Mark Leavens, and Terry Madigan. The five appointed at-large members are Zabrina Alibadbad, Teresa Chaure, Tiffany Gardner, James Jones, and Herman Quispe. Farber also announced the election of a new member to the Tournament of Roses Board of Directors, Loren Klock.
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