Jerome Stanley, President of SAFE Sports Management, arguably one of the nation’s leading sports law firms with a roster that represents professional athletes in both the NBA and NFL has been named to the Small Craft Harbor Design Control Board by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Stanley brings more than three decades of business acumen to the board, which is also comprised of architects and land developers.
The Control Board, composed of five appointees by the Board of Supervisors, is charged with reviewing the design of new buildings and plans for renovations and exterior modifications to existing buildings in Marina Del Rey.
“Jerome brings a wealth of experience to this Board,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I am confident that his expertise and contributions will not only benefit Marina Del Rey but the County of Los Angeles.”
As commissioner, Stanley said he hopes to develop partnerships and collaboration among the environmental community, development interest, boaters, greater Venice and Marina Del Rey residents and general recreation enthusiasts.
“I want to be able to help balance the competing agendas of growth and environmental concerns,” Stanley said. “The Marina is a resource to the entire Greater Los Angeles Area, not just the adjacent communities.”
A native of Los Angeles, Stanley notes that his involvement with the Los Angeles World Airports as the Subcommittee Chairman of Advertising and Branding and his role as the Recreation and Parks Chairman of the Concession Subcommittee have prepared him for the four year appointment on the Control Board.
“I think I have an expertise in balancing stakeholders of competing interests when it comes to a unique asset like the airport, the harbor and the marina,” Stanley said. “They are not just assets of those that they touch in continuous communities but they are assets of the entire region and there must be fairness in play and a balance that makes it so that there is a benefit to the great community without a burden to the adjacent community and that’s what I’ll be trying to do.”
Stanley is a member of the California Bar, the American Bar Association, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, the L.A. Sports and Entertainment Commission Advisory Board and has been on the Agent Advisory Committee of the National Basketball Players Association.