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Ella Turenne

Ella Turenne

Ella Turenne is an artist, activist and educator. Currently, she is Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at Occidental College. Ella’s work has been published in various anthologies including Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees (nominated for a 2007 NAACP Image Award) and Woman’s Work: The Short Stories and most recently in "Turning Teaching Inside Out." She is the editor of a volume of visual art and poetry commemorating the Haitian revolution entitled "revolution|revolisyon|révolution 1804-2004: An Artistic Commemoration of the Haitian Revolution."

Ella is also a filmmaker whose work has been an official selection of various national film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Montréal International Haitian Film Festival, where her short film "woodshed" was nominated for Best Short Film. In response to the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ella co-edited a volume of poetry on Haiti called “For the Crowns of Your Heads;” the funds raised were used to aid a library that was destroyed in Port-au-Prince. As an activist, she is on the Executive Committee of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was also a member of the Blackout Arts Collective where she participated in Lyrics on Lockdown, a national tour where she performed and facilitated workshops educating communities about the prison-industrial complex. For more, visit www.ellaturenne.com.

Evan Holland

Evan Holland

Evan Holland has been a nonprofit sector professional since 2000 with the goal of improving the United States social safety net through strengthening nonprofits. Ms. Holland is the Founder and Principle Consultant of Holland Nonprofit Consulting; a management consulting firm that provides nonprofit strategy solutions and project development services with a focus on sustainable infrastructure. She has advised dozens of nonprofit organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, Community Build, Inc., Impact Young Adults, LA’s Promise and Lula Washington Dance Theater. Holland Nonprofit Consulting services include strategic planning, infrastructure sustainability analysis, program review and analysis, Standards of Excellence© and risk management assessments, planning and facilitation of grant and individual giving programs, research based program design, program evaluation, and systems implementation and integration. Ms. Holland holds a Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communications from the Grant Institute at the University of Southern California. Her international academic experience includes taking classes, performing research, and assisting organizations and communities in Cuba, Spain, South Africa, and Botswana.

Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez has spent 40 years working with troubled youth in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, and then speaking on issues of mass incarceration, restorative justice, healing arts & poetry, and more throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Japan, and across Europe. He‘s the author of the best-selling memoir "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." and its sequel "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing." He’s also known for the youth empowerment and community building book "Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times." In addition, he‘s co-founder of the arts-based community space, Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center & Bookstore, in the San Fernando Valley. And he has 15 books in poetry, children’s literature, the novel, and short stories. In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti selected Luis as the official Poet Laureate of the city.

Sally Fairman

Sally Fairman

Sally Fairman is an energetic, passionate leader whose strengths include leading substantial growth and transition; building and retaining exceptional staff and creating excellent work environments. Appointed executive director of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company in 2005 -- a then tiny nonprofit -- within 3 years she had raised over $1MM and increased the organization’s profile nationally, receiving The Youth Arts and Humanities Program Award, presented at The White House. During her tenure, she formed multiple strategic partnerships with other nonprofits, government officials, philanthropists, and schools, increasing the organization’s revenue and programs ten-fold. She is a proud founding member of AIYN, and is currently an intercultural trainer in Łódź, Poland, where she lives with her husband.

Sofia Klatzker

Sofia Klatzker

Sofia Klatzker is the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture across government, education, business, and community life. Under her leadership, the ACTIVATE advocacy leadership training program more than doubled in size now representing 132 leaders; created a new mobile website connecting Arts for LA’s 50,000 members with local officials; surveyed over 350 candidates across 60 local elections in November 2015; and launched a campaign to register arts and cultural organizations to become polling places. She has over 16 years experience advocating for and implementing arts policies, arts education, and grant making. Sofia currently serves on the boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, and serves on both the California Alliance for Arts Education’s Policy Council, and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network Advisory Council. Sofia received her B.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and her M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

Wendelyn Killian

Wendelyn Killian

Wendelyn Killian is currently the Managing Director of Organizational and Leadership Development at Advancement Project, a multi-racial civil rights organization that champions the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Ms. Killian was the Executive Director of InsideOUT Writers, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the juvenile recidivism rate by using creative writing as the catalyst for personal transformation. Ms. Killian graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Yosi Sergant

Yosi Sergant

Yosi Sergant has worked in community organizing, communications, marketing and business development for over 15 years - integrating art, music, and culture into his work whenever possible. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Sergant engaged artists from across the globe in a vast viral movement in support of then candidate Senator Barack Obama, the most prominent of which is the now ubiquitous "HOPE" campaign he managed with Shepard Fairey. Following the election, Sergant served in the White House Office of Public Engagement before accepting an appointment to the National Endowment of the Arts as the Director of Communications. In 2009, Sergant launched TaskForce a Los Angeles based independent agency that builds energy, capacity and community for the most influential institutions, not-for-profits, brands and people taking on the most pressing challenges facing our communities, our state, our nation and our world. At the core of his work is the understanding that creative culture shapes public opinion, community sentiment and thus policy.