The Los Angeles Warburg Chapter was launched in April 2016. In its brief tenure, it has hosted U.S. Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson and Robert M. Kimmitt, Chairman of the American Council on Germany and former Ambassador to Germany. The LA Chapter has also organized events for experts such as Dr. Timo Lochocki, Transatlantic Fellow at the Europe Program at the German Marshall Fund, and Dr. David Sirakov, Director of the Atlantic Academy Rhineland-Palatinate. The Chapter is in the process of building partnerships with local organizations and universities.
About the Chapter Co-Director
John (Jack) Holcomb, JR.
Kramer Holcomb Sheik, LLP
Jack Holcomb is a litigation attorney with trial and appellate experience. He specializes in business law, with a focus on entertainment and employment litigation. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Holcomb has significant transactional experience and advises businesses and facilitates their growth. He represents a diverse clientele in a range of matters including multi-million dollar business disputes, partnership disputes, intellectual property disputes, and entity dissolutions. His clientele consists of business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, producers and production companies.
Internationally, Mr. Holcomb has fostered relationships with numerous business, accounting, and legal firms throughout Europe and especially in Germany and Switzerland. He is a Young Leader of the Atlantik-Brücke. He travels to Europe frequently, and represents European clients with business interests in the United States, especially in California.
Senior Major Gifts Officer
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Johannes Masserer’s lifelong passion is connecting people in meaningful ways that create value. He works at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where the mission is “to permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: families, children, veterans and the homeless.” As a member of the major gifts team he helps manage and grow the Tocqueville Society, – LA’s foremost group of philanthropists. He also assists in building partnerships with United Way’s corporate and community partners.
Previously, at Patina Restaurant Group, Johannes’ role entailed community relations and business development. He was involved in many of Southern California’s premier events – including five years of overseeing the EMMYS Governors Ball, North America’s largest formal sit-down dinner, winning “Best Event” twice. Before that, he was as a manager at three Ritz-Carlton Hotels, starting out in New Orleans and moving to California after Hurricane Katrina.
Johannes has continuously been active in community, cultural and civic organizations. He serves as co-director of the Los Angeles Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany. He has previously served on the boards of American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region, Pasadena Museum of History and Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5), where he remains an active member.
Johannes holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame (Mendoza), where he competed on the varsity fencing team that won the NCAA National Championship twice, and from Claremont Graduate University (Drucker).
Johannes is married to his college sweetheart Amy who teaches at High Point Academy in Pasadena. Together with their two-year old son Matthias they reside in the Altadena neighborhood of Greater Los Angeles.