Board of Directors Center of Excellence

The Board of Directors Center of Excellence is a non-profit organization providing business leaders the forum and expertise needed to meet the ever-changing challenges of corporate governance.

We are focused on connecting, educating and enabling our members to: 

(A) Prepare for and be hired as qualified professional board members, and

(B) Learn industry best practices, access best in class content and develop relevant relationships to serve their respective boards. 

Our Mission is to promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Environmental & Social Governance (ESG) in corporate boardrooms across the USA.

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Board of Directors Center of Excellence

Upcoming Events

ESG in the Boardroom

 March 10th 2022 

Los Angeles

“From CFO to Board Member”

 May 19th 2022 

Newport Beach

“The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions”

 September 15th 2022  

Los Angeles

“From CFO to Board Member”

 November 9th 2022  

Los Angeles

Sponsors & Donors

Meet The Founders


Paul Gurrola

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Paul Gurrola is a member of the BDO Los Angeles office and leads the business development efforts in the Southern California marketplace. Paul brings over 20 years of experience working in the financial services sector primarily assisting public and large private companies on engagements including audit, tax and advisory services to clients throughout the United States and around the globe.  

Paul is the Co-Founder of the Board of Directors Center of Excellence (”BODCOE”). BODCOE is an educational non-profit focused on educating executives on important boardroom topics and issues.  BODCOE outlines the path to the boardroom for those seeking board directorship.   

Paul is also involved with the SEAL Future Foundation where he mentors U.S. Navy SEALS who are transitioning from active service to the corporate world.

Mr. Gurrola has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in business both from the University of Southern California.



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Rahul Merani

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Rahul is the CEO and Co-Founder for CFO's Domain - an Accounting & Finance, Consulting & Recruiting firm that provides and serves CFOs and their stakeholders with full-time employees and consultants for special projects and to backfill open roles. 

CFO's Domain focusses on Accounting, Finance, Financial Systems and Business Intelligence professionals with deep domain/industry experience throughout Northern and Southern California for early-stage, middle-market to Fortune 500 companies. 

Since 2005, Rahul was actively involved in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Los Angeles chapter serving as a board member from 2010 to 2017 including on several committees; the Private Equity Roundtable and as a founding committee member of the Corporate Executive Forum and Annual Awards Dinner. 

In 2017 Rahul was appointed as a Trustee for the Conservation Society of California (Oakland Zoo) and is an Angel/Venture investor holding active investments with Amalfi Capital and Mentors Fund (where Rahul serves as a Founding Partner and Advisor). 

Rahul is a Business graduate with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS) and has his Masters in Applied Finance & Investment from the Financial Securities Institute of Australia (FINSIA). Rahul began his career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in their Corporate Finance & Recovery group in Sydney, Australia.



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