The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Meet the Candidates for the RSFA Board 2015

June in Rancho Santa Fe is election season for positions on the Rancho Santa Fe Board of Directors. This years field includes candidates that have been living and working in the community for a number of years.

 As the election gets closer The Rancho Santa Fe Post will be sure to keep you posted on all the latest. To get you started we thought it would be good to meet the candidates that will be running for two seats on the Rancho Santa Fe Board of Directors.

Mike Licosati:  


Michael Licosati, who prefers to go by “Mike,” moved to Rancho Santa Fe with his wife Janie and his son from New York shortly after the events of September 11th, 2001. The tragic events led to the impetus for him to think long-term about his professional career and where he and his wife wanted to raise their family.

Mike, an alumni of the University of Chicago, and one of his colleagues decided to start their own investment management business in San Diego, Alder Capital, where he is a Managing Partner. This wasn’t Mike’s first experience of the San Diego area, he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of San Diego School of Law back in 1989.

The Licosati family considered living in Del Mar and Cardiff, but were ultimately attracted to Rancho Santa Fe for its great schools, large lots, open spaces, and low-key active lifestyle.

Since arriving in the Ranch Mike has been active in community organizations. He has served on the finance and health club committees while also being on the forefront of the fiber optic network project. Mike currently lives in the Ranch with his wife Janie and their three children who all attend R. Roger Rowe school.  

Mike is running for a seat on the Rancho Santa Fe Board of Directors because he wants to continue the trend of openness and transparency while also ensuring that the Ranch has 21st century infrastructure.

Read more about Mike Licosati here

Fred Wasserman:


Fred Wasserman has been active in the RSF community  for the past several years serving on the Finance Committee of the Association while also being Co-President of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. His extensive business career includes, along with his wife Pam, founding and managing a large healthcare company, owning and operating a health club,  owning and managing real estate and agricultural properties and owning and operating a winery in Sonoma County.

Fred currently serves on the Board of  the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and in the past years, served on HOAs,Trade Associations and University and Community Organization Boards.

After graduating with an MBA from USC Fred earned a Doctorate in Public Health from UCLA. Fred and his wife are the proud parents of two kids and proud grandparents to five grand children.

Fred is running for a seat on the Board because he wants to improve voter participation in elections while also being a strong voice for the entire community.

John Ryan:



Over the previous twenty years from 1987 to 2007, John was one of three partners in Lake Shore Homes, LLC,  a luxury residential waterfront development company headquartered in southeastern Wisconsin.  John created the initial general development plan, construction and sale of multiple high end waterfront homes.

John was also a managing partner in a 24-unit luxury condominium development in Potrero, Costa Rica. John holds a sizable investment for ultimate development in a ten acre oceanfront commercial property as well as several oceanfront residential lots in Playa Pan Azucar, Cost Rica.

From 2007 to present, John has been involved in residential and commercial development projects in the San Diego and Phoenix areas.  John holds a General Contractor’s license in CA and AZ.

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston College.  John lives in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife, Joan and has two grown children who live and work in San Francisco.   

Currently John serves on the Rancho Santa Fe Technology Infrastructure Committee while he also being active in efforts to reduce water use around the covenant.  

John has officially withdrawn from the race and has put his support behind the other two candidates in this race, saying, “[o]ur community is filled with people that can offer their talents. Two gentlemen, Mike Licosati and Fred Wasserman have impressive qualifications that can help study the problems and execute solutions.”

Read his full statement here