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 & Inclusion (D&I) and Environmental & Social Governance (ESG) in corporate boardrooms across the USA.

Board of Directors Center of Excellence

Upcoming Events

“Boardroom Readiness & Governance 101”

Wednesday, September 23rd from 8am to 9am PST

Virtual Event

“Crisis Management in the Boardroom”

Thursday, October 22nd from 8am to 9am PST

Virtual Event

“Private Equity & Venture Capital Boardrooms”

Thursday, November 12th from 8am to 9am PST

Virtual Event

Meet The Founders

Paul Gurrola

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Paul Gurrola is the Western Region Director at Stout ( and has his primary office in Century City. Stout is a global advisory firm specializing in Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Dispute Consulting, and Management Consulting.  Mr. Gurrola leads the business and client development initiatives and focuses on public and large private companies as well as financial sponsors.

Mr. Gurrola brings over 20 years of experience working with private equity firms, public and private companies on engagements that include tax and consulting projects, merger and acquisition services and transaction support services.

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

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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