Lera Van Straatum '09
Collins Hospitality Society President
Operations Director, City Club Los Angeles, ClubCorp
Lera Van Straatum is the Operations Director for one of the flagship properties of Business and Sports Division of ClubCorp. Headquartered in Dallas, the company owns and operates over 250 country, golf, business, and health clubs across the U.S., China, and Central America. Lera has been with ClubCorp since 2010, when she moved to Chicago to manage the Food & Beverage department at the Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower.
Lera has always been fascinated with the Club business. The act of connecting people, growing relationships, enriching lives of everyone who happens to come across ClubCorp properties is the most rewarding in her career. Lera currently leads a team of 80 employees at the newly renovated City Club LA atop City National Bank Tower in downtown LA.
Prior to joining ClubCorp team Lera had spent a little over a year at the Cordillera Country Club in Vail, Colorado immediately after graduating Collins College of Hospitality Management as a Julian McPhee Scholar. The Collins College has awarded Lera with multiple opportunities to practice leadership in action. Lera had served as an executive board member of Club Managers Association of America, president of Eta Sigma Delta Hospitality Honor Society, and Cal Poly Pomona ASI Senator.
Lera joined the Collins Hospitality Society Alumni Board as soon as she relocated back to Southern California in 2014 and is now honored to serve as President of the Board. Currently Lera resides in Los Angeles with her husband Sean Van Straatum, also Collins College alumnus, and two dogs, Mishka & Zaika. When not working, Lera & Sean love to travel the world, study wine and food scenes, and relax with friends and family.