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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors (BoG) is an advisory group of Otis College of Art and Design. Working closely with the Board of Trustees and the President’s Office, the BoG serves as ambassadors to raise awareness of the College to the general public and specifically to prospective students and faculty, help establish new pathways for employment for graduates and grow fundraising efforts.

Current Board of Governors

Todd Goldstein

Todd Goldstein

Todd Goldstein, Co-Chair; Chief Revenue Officer | AEG

Todd D. Goldstein is the Chief Revenue Officer for AEG. He is responsible for global business development, marketing and sales functions, and oversees all its revenue generating operations including Global Partnerships division, its premium seating activities and Entertainment Districts including L.A. LIVE. Goldstein holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver and Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Goldstein is involved with and serves on local and national boards including The GRAMMY Museum, The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, and Board of Directors of the Southern California Special Olympics. He joined the Otis College Board of Governors as Co-Chair in 2021.

Patti Röckenwagner

Patricia Röckenwagner

Patricia Röckenwagner, Co-Chair; Branding Consultant/Co-Owner | Röckenwagner Bakery Group

Patricia Röckenwagner runs strategic marketing, branding and business development for major corporations and talent and co-owns The Röckenwagner Bakery Group, one of the fastest-growing bakery brands in the nation.

Röckenwagner is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, a trained sommelier, avid tennis player and speaks English, Spanish, German and Korean. She is a board member of CA State Governor’s Task Force on Entrepreneurship, a working group created to propel California’s next generation of innovative entrepreneurs, and small and medium businesses, an advisor to Korean American Leaders in Hollywood, an advisor to Another Tomorrow, a compassionate and sustainable luxury fashion company and a supporter of No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit whose mission is to eradicate childhood hunger. She joined the Otis College Board of Governors as Co-Chair in 2021.

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Steve Abram

Steve Abram

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Rod Beattie, Creative Director, BLEU | ROD BEATTIE

Rod Beattie

Rod Beattie, Creative Director BLEU | ROD BEATTIE

As a California native and experienced swimwear designer, Rod Beattie definitely has something to say about what women wear in and near the water. His designs reflect a modern point-of-view resulting in styles that are chic and sophisticated while remaining wearable. “I’m not a big fan of retro and don’t enjoy recycling the past. I believe in experimenting with a new leg line, a different strap, a modern color combination,” says Beattie.

Rod began his career in fashion as a student at Otis College of Art and Design, graduating in 1986. From there he went on to design at several contemporary sportwear houses in Los Angeles, including Theodore and Max Studio, before making the switch to swimwear in 1988. As a designer for La Blanca swimwear, Beattie’s talent for contemporary styling and great fit quickly grew the women’s swimwear line to a volume of about $30 million. After six successful years with La Blanca, Beattie moved on to design for Anne Cole Collection swimwear. His clean design aesthetic and skill for exceptional fit was a perfect match for the collection’s reputation for tailored women’s swimwear. In March 1999, Beattie left Anne Cole Collection and returned to La Blanca as head designer with his name on the label. For over a decade, La Blanca by Rod Beattie was the top-selling swimwear label at better retail outlets throughout America. At the end of 2010, Beattie joined forces with venerable swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber to build the next major swimwear brand. In 2015 Bleu|Rod Beattie was acquired by The Amerex Group and along with his team continues to build America’s next great designer swimwear collection.

Beattie’s lifestyle isn’t just about maillots and bikinis. He serves as a design critic for his alma mater, mentoring design students on a semester long assignment that climaxes in an annual fashion show. He comments, “Being an Otis design mentor is one of the best tools for keeping my design perspective new… the students constantly remind me of the importance of pushing forward in new territory.” When he’s in need of some inspiration, Beattie often takes off for nearby Mexico, his favorite getaway destination. Or very often he is happiest to just spend time at home in his 1950’s post-and-beam house with pool and deck overlooking the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, California.

Julie Benniardi

Julie Benniardi

Julianti (Julie) Benniardi, Principal, Co-Founder | ReWeave L.A.

As the co-founder of ReWeave L.A. and founder of interior design firm MGI, Julie Benniardi has built a reputation of building one-of-a-kind experiences for her clients. Her portfolio ranges from furnishing high-end hotels and homes to designing unique home accessories and apparel from up-cycled high-end fabrics. 
 
Julie believes that what she learned in the classroom at USC helped her get to where she is today as an entrepreneur. Since graduating from the USC Marshall School in 1991, she has been an active champion of the Trojan spirit by participating on the USC 25th Reunion committee, guest speaking in the classroom, volunteering at a variety of Trojan events, and serving as the event chair with the USC Marshall Partners Greater LA Board. In 2018, she used her background in avant-garde design and blended it with the core principles of the Master’s of Social Entrepreneurship program to curate a memorable experience that broke the mold of typical events. The result, "Social Responsibility, By Design," a partnership between the Pacific Design Center and the USC Marshall School, not only married her love of design and sustainability but also opened the doors of collaboration for an industry that was seeking to understand how to be more socially responsible. From that event, and with the help and guidance of the founder of the Social Entrepreneurship program, Professor Adlai Wertman, ReWeave L.A. was born. ReWeave L.A., is a design startup that upcycles high-end designer fabrics into one-of-a-kind home accessories. Their mission is to end textile waste and invest in job training for Angelenos facing barriers to employment. Since its humble beginning, ReWeave L.A. has received over three tons of fabric and has expanded its product lines to include apparel, dog pillows, and other home accessories. 
 
Julie’s entrepreneurial spirit extends across the globe from L.A. to Indonesia.  Her innate desire to connect and enhance her communities was cultivated as a child watching both of her parents as health practitioners: her mother a pharmacist and her father a businessman in the medical field. After losing her father to heart complications in Indonesia, she was inspired to tackle healthcare accessibility. With her husband Edward and their belief in healthcare as a fundamental human right, Julie is working tirelessly to bring AI-enabled telemedicine to the world, doing her part to make quality care accessible to all. 

While Julie continues to wear many hats, her favorite is being the mother to her kids. Her eldest is a manager at a private equity firm and her daughter is in junior college. In her spare time, Julie manages to stay grounded through her running and cycling practice. She also enjoys instilling her wisdom, generosity and passion to the next generation of leaders and community members.

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Scott Brown, CEO/Partner | New Energy Capital

Scott Brown is the founder of New Energy Capital Partners, an investor in clean energy infrastructure projects and developers. In 1988, Scott helped start the company which is now First Solar, the largest solar manufacturing company in the United States. From 1989-1992, he ran Glasstech Solar, Inc., a solar research and development company that held several records for thin film solar cell efficiency. From 1999-2005, Mr. Brown was a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NECP was acquired by Victory Capital Management in 2021.

In addition to his work in the renewable energy sector, Scott was a founding member of the Harvard Negotiation Project and President of Conflict Management Group, a non-profit international negotiation consulting company. HNP and CMG worked with leaders from Iran, South Africa, Sudan, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and the former Soviet Union, among others, to facilitate peaceful management of conflict. CMG was acquired by Mercy Corps in 2001.

Scott is the current Co-Chair of the Board of Mercy Corps, an international relief and development NGO that operates in more than 40 countries, and is on the boards of several privately held clean energy companies and local New Hampshire non-profits. Scott is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

Chrysta M. Burton, Executive Vice President, Physical Production - Bad Robot Productions

Chrysta Burton

Chrysta Burton, President of Physical Production | Bad Robot Productions, Inc.

Chrysta Marie Burton is a dynamic powerhouse whose creative vision has been a contributing force behind a multitude of highly acclaimed and award-winning projects over the past two decades. As President of Physical Production at Bad Robot, Burton oversees physical production, visual effects, and post-production of all film and television productions for the company, from development through delivery. Prior to joining Bad Robot, she was a Visual Effects executive at Netflix, where she managed more than 100 projects, including: The OA, Stranger Things, When They See Us, Raising Dion, and Letter for the King.  Burton began her career in Visual Effects and Animation Production, with experience working across studios and vendors including: Paramount Pictures, Disney, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Television, Nickelodeon, and others. She has held a range of visual effects and animation production roles working on iconic film franchises such as Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and Iron Man, as well as Oscar-nominated Transformers, and Oscar-winning Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Burton is a strong advocate and frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion, often lending her voice to panels and podcasts in an effort to broaden representation, empathy, and understanding across the industry. She serves on the Board of Governors for Otis College of Art and Design, and is also an active member of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello Young Advisors.  An alumnus of University of Southern California, Burton is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Visual Effects Society, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Rio Caraeff; Chief Commercial Officer, Syng

Rio Caraeff

Rio Caraeff, Chief Commercial Officer | Syng

Rio Caraeff is currently Chief Commercial Officer for Syng, Inc. Syng is an audio company building hardware software and services that give listeners and creators the power to engage with sound in new and transformative ways. Caraeff is responsible for all aspects of Operations and Commercial Growth including Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Supply Chain, Business Development & Partnerships, Finance and People Operations.

Prior, Caraeff served as Magic Leap’s Chief Content Officer, responsible for the engineering, development, operations and business management of Magic Leap’s entire spatial computing content & developer ecosystem.

Formerly Caraeff served as the Founder, President and CEO of Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform formed as a joint-venture between the recorded music industry and YouTube.

His career spans more than 25 years in technology, strategy and new business building across all areas of entertainment, having worked in senior executive leadership roles for companies such as Universal Music Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Sony Music Entertainment.

Rio was featured in Billboard’s The Power 100 (2013, 2012) and 40 Under 40 (2013, 2012), Vanity Fair's The Next Establishment (2012, 2010), The Hollywood Reporter's Digital Power 50 (2012), Fortune’s 40 under 40 (2011, 2010, 2009), Fast Company&rsquo`;s 100 Most Creative People in Business (2011) and Evening Standard's London's Most Influential (2011). Rio lives in Austin, TX and sits on the board of directors for the live music festival and music television venture, Austin City Limits.

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Ellen Castleman

Ellen Castleman, Exotic Leisure Travel Specialist | Altour

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Judy Chambers Beck

Judy Chambers Beck

Judy Chambers Beck, Artist

Judy Beck attended Massachusetts College of Art, was a toy designer for Hasbro Toys, and went on to a career in advertising and design, first with Doyle Dane & Bernbach, and then was the principal partner of Chambers Design in Santa Monica, which specialized in tourism and travel clients. She also owned an interior design firm for many years. Judy is an accomplished painter, whose work is in the permanent collection of UCLA at the Eli Broad Bio-medical Research Center, and in many private collections, and who exhibits her work frequently in shows. Beck also volunteered for many years as an Art Angel at Santa Monica High School with the AP art students.

Judy has a long history of chairing many charitable fund raisers, serves on the Los Angeles Region Red Cross Board, is the Co-chair of the LA Centennial Circle, and has been a member of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle National Council since 2009. She has won the Spirit of the Red Cross Award and the Red Cross Star Award. Judyserved on the Board of Trustees for Otis College from 2017-2022 and joind teh Board of Governors in September 2022 and serves on the Board Affairs Committee. She is involved in many other nonprofits, serving on the board of the IDG Guild at Saint John's Health Center where she also volunteers. Judy and her husband, Charles, live in Brentwood, love to travel, and have visited 44 countries so far.

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Greg Daniels

Greg Daniels, Partner | Bandera Entertainment

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Yulia Dultsina

Yulia Dultsina, Executive Director, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation

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Steven Ehrlich

Steven Ehrlich

Steven Ehrlich, Partner | Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Steven Ehrlich is Founding Partner of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, recipient of the 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award. The jury recognized the firm for “fluidly melding classic California Modernist style with multicultural and vernacular design elements by including marginalized design languages and traditions.” Ehrlich, a self-proclaimed “architectural anthropologist,” learned early on the significance of architecture’s response to the culture and to the environment. Upon graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ehrlich spent six years in the 1970s living and working in Africa, serving for two years with the Peace Corps as their first architect in Marrakech, Morocco; he later traveled across the Sahara and taught architecture at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. The wisdom of indigenous building—architecture without architects—was instrumental in forming Ehrlich’s approach to design and continues to influence the firm’s work today. Steven Ehrlich is a recipient of the AIA California’s prestigious Maybeck Award for outstanding lifelong achievement in architectural design as well as the 2015 AIALA Gold Medal Award.

Mandy Einstein

Mandy Einstein

Mandy Einstein, Philanthopist

Mandy attended UCLA where she was their national tennis doubles champion. As a young tennis competitor, she was ranked #2 in California and was the Eastern Clay Court Champion as well. She used her significant skills to become a highly regarded tennis professional, teaching a wide range of students for many years.

Mandy was also an accomplished commercial actress, performing over a decade in several national television commercials.

In the early 1980's Mandy and her husband, Cliff, became founders of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and helped form the museum’s Acquisition and Collecting Committee. This activity spurred their own collecting, and this activity grew to the point of earning them inclusion in Art and Antiques Magazine’s 100 collectors in America.

Mandy became an early member of MOCA's Project Council where she supervised the creation and production of a long list of museum editions that contributed significant funds to the museum.

She is a long serving member of the Cedars Sinai Art Council, a volunteer organization that secures artworks for the hospital and its affiliated campuses. More recently she and her husband have created and supported the Visiting Artists Lecture Series at Otis, a project that brings her great joy and satisfaction.

Mandy and Cliff have two children and four grandchildren. Her daughter-in-law, Jennifer, is a proud Fine Arts graduate of Otis.

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James Evans

James Evans

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George C. Fatheree III

George C. Fatheree III, Partner | Sidley Austin, LLP.

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Robert C. Feldman

Robert C. Feldman

Robert C. Feldman

Bob Feldman is a retired partner of Weil, Gotshal and Manges law firm. He has been a lecturer in law at UCLA Law School since 2009. He also serves on the Board of Directors of UCLA Health Sciences and UCLA Geriatrics Board of Advisers. He previously served on the Board of Otis.

Ted Fikre

Ted Fikre

Ted Fikre, Vice Chairman & Chief Legal and Development Officer | AEG

Ted Fikre is Vice Chairman and Chief Legal and Development Officer of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), where he is responsible for overseeing business development, government and media relations, administration and legal affairs for the Company. In addition, Fikre oversees AEG’s large real estate and venue development projects globally, including several current strategic initiatives throughout Asia. As a member of the company’s Board of Directors as well as its Office of the Chairman, Fikre is closely involved in directing the management of the company and playing a leading role in major strategic and financial transactions for the company. Starting with AEG’s acquisition of the Los Angeles Kings and the construction of STAPLES Center over 20 years ago, and continuing through the company’s foray into a myriad of other areas including music, soccer, facility management, and real estate development, Fikre has been at the center of AEG’s rapid expansion into an international company that is a leading presenter of sports, music and other live entertainment, as well as a developer, owner and operator of first class facilities around the globe.

Prior to joining AEG as general counsel in 1997, Fikre was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, where he handled a variety of transactional matters, with a focus on project finance and mergers and acquisitions. Before embarking on a legal career, he was an assistant economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he conducted international financial market research.

Fikre graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 1989 with a degree in economics and received his law degree, with distinction, from Stanford Law School in 1994. He lives in Cheviot Hills with his wife, Angela, and their four children.

Fred Fisher, Board of Governors

Fred Fisher

Fred Fisher, Founding Partner | Frederick Fisher & Partners

As Founding Partner of Frederick Fisher & Partners, Frederick Fisher, AIA, FAAR is a self-described “liberal arts guy.” He is an avid reader, traveler, and arts-lover, and his approach to architecture reflects his innate intellectual curiosity and broad cultural and social perspective. His list of projects includes MoMA/PS1 in New York, The Annenberg Community Beach House, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, the renovation of Princeton’s Firestone Library, The Colby College Museum, and numerous galleries, studios, and homes. FF&P is currently working on the City of Santa Monica Public Services Building, the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Hall at USC, a new building for the Center Theatre Group, a conference center for Vassar College, a Master plan for Charles Drew University, and a major addition to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

Fred’s long-spanning accomplishments as a design leader were recognized in 2013 by his receipt of the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles chapter Gold Medal. He received the 2008 Rome Prize in Design.

Fisher received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in Art and Art History and a Master’s of Architecture from UCLA. He has been involved with Otis College since 1987, he joined the Board of Governors in 2003, and served as Chair from 2012-2021 until he joined the Board of Trustees through to 2022. Fred is also on the board of the USC School of Architecture, the UCLA School of the Arts and the Ojai Music Festival.

Fred brings to Otis a passion for working collaboratively with artists and art institutions in the creation of studio and exhibition space: “The relationship between art and architecture is fundamental to my practice.” Dedicated to helping young artists explore their own new territory, Fred teaches and lectures regularly. He is married to former Otis Board and current LAX ART board member Jennie Prebor. Fred’s architectural firm is located in a classic 1950s courtyard office building, built by post-war modernist A. Quincy Jones for use as his own office.

Kim Garner, Executive, AXS TV

Kim Garner

Kim Garner, Executive | AXS TV

Kim Garner is a senior music and entertainment executive with a wide breadth of creative and strategic marketing experience across many aspects of the business including management, label, technology, live music and cable television currently including AXS.TV.

Since 2017 Kim has pursued her interest in the field of social emotional intelligence and psychology. She is a 4-year graduate of University of Santa Monica’s acclaimed Spiritual Psychology Certificate Program in Soul Centered Living and graduated from Yales’ The Science of Well Being certificate program.

Kim coaches and leads workshops on emotional intelligence, authenticity, creativity and authentic success. Kim is a success coach at the GALS (Girls Athletic Leadership Skills) an all-girls Grade 6-8 charter school in Los Angeles. Several times a year Kim participates in FreedomToChoose.org weekend workshops at men and women prisons in Central California.

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Barbara Horwitz

Barbara Horwitz

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Stephan Jones, Owner and Principal Interior Designer, Stephan Jones Studio

Stephan Jones

Stephan Jones, Owner and Principal Interior Designer | Stephan Jones Studio

Stephan Jones is the Founder and Design Director of Stephan Jones | Studio. His practice is multi-disciplinary and focuses on interior design, interior architecture and furniture design. Established in 2007 in Chicago, Jones expanded and moved the base of the business to Los Angeles in 2012.

Jones is a graduate of The American University and following his lifelong passion for architecture and design he spent several post graduate years at Drake University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fine art, graphic design and interior architecture programs. In these creative environments he honed his design instinct and professional direction. Following his educational exploration he worked for several prominent interior design firms before launching his own studio.

In 2020 Jones expanded his studio into a storefront location where he has put his own distinct design point of view on display. Additionally the storefront, in support of the creative community, hosts exhibits of artists and artisans.

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Kirk Hyde

Kirk Hyde, Philanthopist

Kirk R. Hyde served as a member of the Otis Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2020 and is the proud parent of two Otis College alums. He graduated from USC with a BS in Business and a minor in Graphic design. Presently, he serves as General Partner for the Hyde Family Partnership and Hyde Properties, a timber management company based in Washington State. From 1975 to 1996, Kirk was President and CEO of Kirk Plastic Company, a manufacturer and distributor of high value plastic transaction cards. He also served as President and CEO of Oberthur Card Systems USA, headquartered in Paris, France from 1996 to 1999. Kirk is a board member of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region since 1990, having served as Chairman in 2001 and 2002. Kirk also served as a Board member of Goodwill Southern California for over ten years.

Kirk joined the Board of Governors in July of 2022.

Lan-Chi Lam

Lan-Chi Lam

Lan-Chi Lam, Director of Revenue Generation | LA Metro

Lan-Chi is a communications professional with over 20-years experience spanning media, internet technology, consumer software, transportation, and government. In the private sector, she has held full-time positions at Apple, MSNBC, and EMC (now Dell) creating world class customer-focused products and services. She designed the iTunes Music Store garnering Product of the Year recognition from Time and Fortune Magazine.

Lan-Chi has been a civil servant for 12+ years with Los Angeles Metro, providing private sector know-how, strategies, and execution of digital migrations, revenue generation, and customer experience improvements. She has a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design.

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Miky Lee

Ms. Miky Lee, Vice Chairwoman | CJ Group

Miky Lee is vice chairwoman of South Korea’s CJ Group and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the group’s entertainment and media subsidiary, CJ ENM. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee as a grandchild of Lee Byung-Chul (the founder of CJ and the Samsung Group), she earned her B.A degree at Seoul National University and received her M.A in Asian Studies from Harvard. In 1994, Miky founded the entertainment and media division of CJ and invested in DreamWorks SKG as one of the early investors. Since then, Miky has continued to strengthen CJ’s presence by leading the global phenomenon of the Korean wave. She was on the Forbes Asia list of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen in 2012 and 2014. In 2017, Miky was named one of the founding Leadership Champions of the World Bank affiliated Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) and The Hollywood Reporter’s “International Producer of the Year 2020” for her work as the executive producer on the 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner, Parasite.

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Ronald L. Leibow

Ronald L. Leibow

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Tiffiny Lendrum

Tiffiny Lendrum

Tiffiny Lendrum, Owner/President | Lendrum Fine Art, Inc.

Tiffiny Lendrum founded her advisory firm Lendrum Fine Art in Los Angeles over twenty years ago. Tiffiny provides comprehensive consulting services for public and corporate projects as well advising private clients. She has fostered long-standing relationships with galleries and artists across the country, especially in Los Angeles. Collection management is the focus for certain clients such as the Zimmer Collection and UTA. Projects with developers often include collaboration with artists on large scale, site-specific commissions. Recent commissions include projects with Jen Stark, Geoff McFetridge, Calida Rawles, Alex Becerra, Patrick Martinez, and Greg Ito.

Tiffiny is a member of Artadia, the Association of Professional Art Advisors, and is a Hammer Fellow. For nearly 20 years, she has supported the McCall Family Foundation, co-curating expansive exhibitions to raise funds for HOLA, Heart of Los Angeles and other important programs. Prior experience includes directing fund-raising events for SITE Santa Fe.

Growing up in a family of architects, Tiffiny has always been interested in architecture, design and art. She herself is a collector of contemporary art and is a passionate advocate for artists.

Arthur Lewis; Creative Director, United Talent Agency - Fine Arts

Arthur Lewis

Arthur Lewis, Creative Director | United Talent Agency - Fine Arts

Arthur Lewis is a Partner and Creative Director of Fine Arts and the UTA Artist Space at leading global talent, entertainment, and sports company, UTA. A patron of the arts and a significant collector of both emerging artists and Contemporary African American Art, Lewis – who is a member of the board of Governors Otis College Art and Design, on the board of Prospect New Orleans, a member of the National Advisory Committee for The New Orleans African American Museum and is a Global Council member at The Studio Museum of Harlem – is a well-known and distinguished figure in the art world.

Lewis joined UTA in 2019 and during his tenure the Artist Space has exhibited diverse showcases including collaborative exhibitions such as: partnering with Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery for a solo show with Arcmanoro Niles, a solo show for Blitz Bazawule, a group exhibition with Galerie Myrtis, and most recently, a digital exhibition with Misan Harriman. Lewis previously served as Executive Vice President of the New York Design Office for Kohl’s, where he oversaw product design and development. Lewis has also held executive leadership roles at HSN, Hautelook, and Gap Inc., where he focused on brand management, merchandising and product development.

He is a tireless advocate for artists and the arts community at large.

Ed Lightner

Edward Lightner

Edward Lightner

Edward Lightner was born in the San Joaquin Valley of California in 1960. Although this is the farming area that Dorothea Lange chronicled during the depression, he was drawn to the arts from an early age, instead of choosing the dominate careers of the area such as agriculture and oil. It is here that Edward became enthralled with colors and lines, shapes and form. He was fascinated with the idea of someone representing their views and ideas through art, and how that vision could be viewed by others. Naturally, against the best counseling of his mother, Edward chose to pursue a life in the world of contemporary art.

After completing his bachelor’s degree at California State University Bakersfield, Edward furthered his artistic development with a stay at University of South Florida before returning and finishing his master’s degree at California State University Northridge. He has felt for many years now that artistic work can focus both on the aesthesis of beauty, through pattern and decoration, and at the same time be socially and politically relevant. To further this idea, Edward has been using a technique over the last several years that is derived from how kaleidoscopes form simple patterns and applies this method photographs of underground atomic testing sites.

Along with being an artist, Edward co-owned a gallery in Los Angeles for ten years, and now lives and works in Pasadena California, and his work can be seen at https://www.edlightner.com/

James Lin; Product Manager, Pex

James Lin

James Lin, Product Manager | Pex

James Lin is a seasoned professional with 15+ years of experience in Product Management and Development in the digital media, technology, and entertainment sector. He currently oversees the analytics product at Pex, a digital rights start-up that facilitates content licensing, royalty calculation and dispute resolution for Content Rightsholders, Platforms and Creators. Prior to that, he served as Sr. Director of Business & Product Development at Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), where he was brought on to help develop and launch AXS TV, a linear cable television network focused on live music and entertainment programming.

Lin is a graduate of Stanford University, where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Science & Engineering and a Master of Arts in Music Science & Technology. He previously served on the Associate Board of Our House. In his free time, Lin plays tennis, serves as a mentor for CoachArt and releases mashups under the moniker Jimmy Press Play

Enrique Martínez Celaya; Artist and Professor

Enrique Martínez Celaya

Enrique Martínez Celaya, Artist and Professor

Enrique Martínez Celaya is an artist, author, and former scientist whose work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions worldwide. His monumental and multi-faceted body of work connects art to literature, philosophy, and science, and suggests the map of a territory shaped by self, meaning, time, memory, ideations of home, exile, myth, and identity. His practice presumes art should be not only a cultural pursuit but also an ethical effort that turns thinking into action and aims to understand better and be engaged with the world and ourselves. He currently holds the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California.

Martínez Celaya was born in Cuba and raised in Spain and Puerto Rico. He initiated his formal training as an apprentice to a painter at the age of 12 and developed what was to become an enduring interest in writing and philosophy in the turbulent Puerto Rican cultural and political environment of the 1970s. He received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and a minor in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Science with a specialization in Quantum Electronics from the University of California, Berkeley. He conducted part of his graduate physics research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and while there, he painted the Long Island landscape. He holds several patents in laser devices and completed all his doctorate coursework and a significant part of his dissertation before deciding to devote more time to art. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and earned an MFA with the department's highest distinction from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was also a Regents Fellow and Junior Fellow of Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Chris Miller, Principal, Miller & Associates

Chris Miller

Chris Miller, Principal | Miller & Associates

Chris Miller is a marketing and communications executive with an expansive career as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of several creatively-driven public and private companies, including Discovery Communications (cable networks), Bloomingdale’s, Westwood One, Newsday (previously a division of Times Mirror) and the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA).

Chris began her business career in advertising agencies as a Vice-President of Doyle Dane Bernbach, and Managing Director of the New York Office of Hill Holliday, a Boston-based advertising agency. Prior to her business career, Chris worked in Washington, D.C. on the staff of the White House Urban Affairs Council, as well as a US Congressman from Los Angeles, and the United States Information Agency (USIA). She also served as Director of Development for A Better Chance (ABC), a non-profit educational organization. Currently, Chris has her own marketing and communications business with clients in the hospitality industry, higher education and non-profit foundations.

Chris is a member of the Business Leadership Council (BLC) of Wellesley College and has served on the Board of Advisors of Catalyst, a New York City non-profit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for women in business. She was also on the Board of Directors of Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), a New York non-profit theatre company where she was Chair of the Marketing Committee. Earlier in her career, Chris was appointed by two Massachusetts Governors to the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, an advisory body on public policy and legislative issues affecting women.

Chris has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master’s in Public Administration from UCLA and a BA from Wellesley College.

Luka Orešković, Partner, Prosperus Private Equity and Chairman of M+ Group

Luka Orešković

Luka Orešković, Partner | Prosperus Private Equity and Chairman of M+ Group

Luka Orešković is a partner at Prosperus Private Equity and Chairman of M+ Group. At Prosperus, the largest private equity in Adria region, he grew assets under management to over $200m. As Chairman of the Board of M+ Group, the largest CX company in Central Europe he grew from 200 employees to a European leader with over 11,000 employees and over $200m in sales and led it to IPO + SPO in 2019, since then quadrupling the share price.

Concurrently, at Harvard University he is an associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He served on the Advisory Board of Rutgers University and RTL Digital Advisory Board.

Luka previously co-chaired Harvard University’s Business and Government in Emerging Europe Seminar as the youngest ever program head of Harvard’s Center for European Studies, during which he co-authored two books, published by Springer and Lynne Riener Publishers and his research was cited by Brookings Institution, Center for European Policy Analysis, Oxford University Press etc.

He was the youngest member in history of the economic council of the President of Croatia, where among others he led the President’s collaborations with Al Gore, Elon Musk, and the Wall Street Journal.

While an undergraduate at Harvard he wrote regular articles and op-eds for The Economist, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy Magazine and Huffington Post. He regularly provides commentary for the Wall Street Journal, Guardian, The New York Times, Politico, Forbes, South China Morning Post, CNBC, Reuters and others.

Luka graduated from Harvard College with a concentration in History and Central and Eastern European studies

F. Ronald Rader

F. Ronald Rader

F. Ronald Rader, Principal | Lee & Associates Los Angeles West, Inc.

Ronald has vast experience representing owners, developers, investors, and users of Commercial Real Estate, acting as an exclusive agent representing both buyers and sellers, as well as landlords and tenants.

Ron is skilled in assisting owners redevelop and reposition their industrial and office properties, especially in upgrading them to modern, more leasable projects. He is skilled in consulting with owners on total renovations of a single parcel or an entire business park.

In 1989, Ron helped an owner convert his vacant 125,000 square foot 1949 manufacturing building in West Los Angeles to one of the first creative spaces on the Westside. He has gone on to help dozens of other owners convert their properties to amazing modern business parks.

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Steve Ruchefsky

Steve Ruchefsky | Private Investor

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Pelle Sjoenell; Chief Creative Officer, Activision Blizzard

Pelle Sjoenell

Pelle Sjoenell, Chief Creative Officer | Activision Blizzard

Pelle joined Activision Blizzard as Chief Creative Officer in September, 2019. Prior to joining the company, he was at BBH Worldwide where he also served as the Chief Creative Officer (CCO), overseeing the firm’s creative efforts on behalf of brands, such as Google, Nike, Samsung, Audi, E! and T-Mobile. Before becoming BBH’s CCO, Pelle founded the BBH Los Angeles operations and strategic initiatives, including the launch of The Creative Studio - BBH’s joint venture with entertainment talent manager Scooter Braun. Prior to BBH, Pelle spent part of his career as the CEO of an advertising agency, King, as well as having a stint at Fallon in Minneapolis. He studied Art Direction & Communication at the Berghs School of Communication in Sweden. Throughout his career, Pelle has been behind an array of award-winning marketing initiatives, including a campaign on behalf of Google that was named Time Magazine’s Best Ad of the Year in 2011. BBH was awarded more than 30 Cannes Lions under his leadership, in addition to two Grand Prix Lions.

Pelle serves on the advisory council for The Women in Public Service Project, a global initiative at the Wilson Centre in Washington DC, which mobilizes young women on issues of critical importance in public service. He also works with the Creative Alliance to address gender equality and justice around the world.

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Jean Smith

Jean Smith

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Claudia Teran

Claudia Teran

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Ben Vandebunt; Entrepreneur, Inspire Energy

Ben Vandebunt

Ben Vandebunt, Entrepreneur | Inspire Energy

Ben Vandebunt is an entrepreneur and co-owner of Cypress Creek Renewables, Paramount Equity, LoanPal, FHR, Nestidd and Rosewood Homes. Previously, Ben worked at Guthy-Renker, serving as CEO and President for over 15 years. Since leaving Guthy-Renker, Ben has made many venture capital and social entrepreneurial investments in start-ups and serves and served on many various boards of directors, including Houlihan Lokey, Solar City, St. Johns Hospital and the Watts Learning Center. Ben has been married for 28 years, has two daughters and is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.

Christina Vo, Program Management Consultant

Christina Vo

Christina Vo, Program Management Consultant

Christina Vo is a Silicon Valley professional who has a career that spans 20+ years in Information Technology in software, telecommunications, marketing/advertising and semiconductor industries. She received both her BS and MA degrees in Mathematics (computer science/financial engineering) from the University of Alabama. Christina has worked in high tech companies such as NVIDIA, PointCast, Rhythm NewMedia, and AirTouch Communications. In addition to high tech, Christina was at Pagemill Partners, an investment bank firm in Palo Alto, CA, researching on different vertical emerging markets for client portfolios. In her most recent position at Apple, Inc., Christina successfully managed numerous programs within the organization, implementing business process improvements to achieve optimal efficiency in customer systems. Success translated into one of her programs receiving the highest Apple User Satisfaction acknowledgment (greater than 97% success rate).

Christina appreciates the value of fine arts in shaping young people and believes that there is an untapped niche market for art students in the high tech sector.