Charlene Fitzgibbon, Vice Chair (1/19) is an accomplished communications consultant and event producer with a deep passion for music, culture and the arts. Her investment in the arts is driven by a fierce belief in its power to shape positive impact in the world. Fitzgibbon is focused on collaborating with creatives to develop and produce experiences and programs to tell compelling stories, drive meaningful connections, and build community globally.
Brooklyn, NY native, Fitzgibbon is based in Los Angeles. She garnered her public relations, branding, and marketing expertise working in the digital entertainment and technology space at LAUNCH Media, Yahoo! and Comcast Interactive Media. As a consultant she has spearhead multi-faceted strategic programs and events for brands, institutions and foundations, including: KCRW, Ingrooves Music Group, Hammer Museum, and Beats Music. Fitzgibbon holds a BA in Art History from Trinity College.
Margaret Reeve, Secretary (1/15) is a freelance communications consultant with 34 years of experience in higher education. She served as Director of Communications at Otis College of Art and Design from 2003-2014, creating strategic marketing campaigns that included print and digital messaging. Previous positions include Director of Exhibitions and Lectures at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Director of Publications at Southern CaliforniaInstitute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She was architecture editor for Art New England, contributing writer for The Boston Globe, editorial consultant for the Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities, and freelance curator. She is currently teaching literacy and writing workshops as a volunteer at 826LA, and past volunteer activities include the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and Somerville Arts Council. She directed art galleries in Boston and Provincetown, and earned her BA in art history from Wellesley College. www.margaretreeve.com
Andrea L. Collins, Treasurer, (12/17) VP, Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab, has over 15 years of experience in the Investment Management industry. She previously worked as a Portfolio Analyst at City National Rochdale, a subsidiary of City National Bank, specializing in portfolio management for high-net-worth individuals, families, and foundations. She began her career at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, in Beverly Hills, as a Senior Associate providing comprehensive investment planning for co-managed portfolios.
Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Economics and History of Art, her Master’s degree from The King’s University, and is currently pursuing education for the CFP – Certified Financial Planner designation. Her passion for the history of art was first highlighted, in high school, during an AP Art History course and further cultivated during her work at the Berkeley Art Museum and study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Active in the community, she serves as a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and has served as a panelist for the California Diversity Council Multicultural Leadership Roundtable, as well as, 50/50 Global Gender Equality Day; she previously held the role of Business Development co chair for the City National Bank Multicultural Strategy Initiative.
Andrea is an avid supporter of the arts, as well as, frequently teaches financial literacy workshops for schools and organizations. She was recently awarded the NAACP Youth Council Meritorious Woman Award, and has become a Southern CA Leadership Network – Leadership L.A. Class of 2018 Fellow. In 2019 she published ‘A Word to the Wise’, a book helping to uncover the underlying obstacles that many face when striving to create generational wealth.
Erin Elizabeth Adams (1/18) is an American interdisciplinary artist, activist, business owner and graduate student at The University of California Santa Barbara. Their work explores themes and intersections of queer culture and family, futurism, ageism, contemporary politics, institutional power structures and race. Adams’s work employs painting, collage, installation, performance and video. Erin engages with the public other artists and volunteers on projects like the street murals “All Black Lives Matter” collaboration at Hollywood and Highland 2020.
Erin is a contractor and owner of Brainworks Inc. since 1988 an art related business employing artists and artisans.
www.BrainworksArt.com ; www.ErinAdamsArt.com
Allison Agsten (5/20) is a curator, writer, and organizer whose work centers on the relationship between artists and communities. Most recently, as a research and policy fellow for Arts for LA, she authored a paper examining affordability for artists in the county. Agsten has held various leadership roles in Los Angeles museums including at the Hammer and LACMA. Prior to her work in the arts, she covered entertainment and financial news as a producer at CNN. Agsten holds a BA from UCLA and is currently pursuing an MPA at Harvard.
Kenturah Davis (10/13) is a Los Angeles artist and has produced work for exhibitions, artist collaborations, film and commissions. The core of her work oscillates between portraiture and design, exploring themes related to the body and the formation of identities. Davis is the featured visual artist in the syndicated documentary, “Ray Charles America” that aired on A&E Network. She is a collaborator in Andrea Zittel’s Smockshop and Panelshop projects, designing product for the artist enterprise and representing the group in national and international exhibitions. Last year’s Mis-Design exhibition at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum included two works by Davis.
Michael Delgado (12/16) is the owner of A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books that specializes in California based artists from the mid 20th century to today. Delgado hosts the “A. G. Geiger Presents: Tales from the LA Art Underworld” podcast which is produced in conjunction with the Mayfair Hotel and the music and artist management company Regime 72. He also writes the “Bookseller’s Holiday” column for the LA Weekly. He is a graduate of the USC School of Fine Art and the former editor of the Journal of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA).
After LAICA, Mr. Delgado became the Executive Director of Business Development for iNTELEFILM, a publicly traded holding company for five prominent film and television production companies. He also earned Executive Producer credits with MTV and IMG/Endeavor.
Roy Dowell (5/19) Born in New York, lives and works in Los Angeles and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He holds a BFA and MFA degrees from the California Institute of the Arts. He has had numerous one- person exhibitions that include those at the Fawbush Gallery, Curt Marcus Gallery and Lennon/Weinberg Inc. in New York and at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Margo Leavin Gallery, Various Small Fires, Tif Sigfrids Gallery and most recently, at as-is.la Gallery in Los Angeles and at the James Harris Gallery in Seattle. He has had solo exhibitions at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Otis College of Art and Design Galleries and at LACMA. His work is included in many museum collections including LACMA, MOCA, the HAMMER Museum, MOMA San Francisco, the Berkeley and Oakland Museums as well as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon in North Carolina and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum in Logan, Utah. Additionally his work is included in numerous private and corporate collections such as the Foundation Jumex in Mexico City and the Capitol Group and CAA in Los Angeles. His work has been included in numerous group exhibition both nationally and internationally including the 1st annual HAMMER Museum Biennial and 20th Century Collage at the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Nice, France. In 1990 he founded and then chaired the Otis College of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Program until his recent retirement. He has been, over the last 25 years, an artist in residence, critic and instructor at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. He has received a Getty Fellowship and an Art Matters Inc. Grant.
Jessica Fleischmann (3/19) is founder and creative director of Still Room Studio, a graphic design practice in Los Angeles that specializes in socially engaged cultural work. Clients include Art Omi, CalArts, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Ghery Partners, Hammer Museum, the LA Philharmonic (with Content Object), LACE, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Luce et Studio, MASS MoCA, Night Gallery, REDCAT, Save the Children, Woodbury University School of Architecture, Productora, and cultural organizations, architects, writers and restaurants throughout LA and beyond. Jessica was on the board of the LA Forum for Architecture from 2013 through 2018, and is a member of the Pershing Square Renew team lead by Agence Ter. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, Print Magazine, Under Consideration’s FPO Awards, the MAGGIE Awards, Mohawk 100 (Best in Show), the British Book Design and Production Awards, among others, and been published in several books on graphic design and typography. Her work has been exhibited at the A+D Museum, WUHO Gallery, and at CalArts, among others. Before establishing Still Room, Jessica Fleischmann was Art Director of Western Interiors and Design magazine and design associate at Lorraine Wild Design (now Green Dragon Office), and with Greybull Press. She received an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts in 2001, after obtaining two liberal arts degrees and working in non-profit arts management, as a chef, and as an art instructor. She has taught graphic design and typography at Otis College of Art and Design, USC, and SCIArc.
Elisabeth Forney (6/20) was born in Paris and has lived in Los Angeles with her family since 1982. From 2008-2020, Forney served as FLAX Executive Director, overseeing the day-to-day administration and strategy of this international cultural institution. She also served as its Chairman of the Program Committee, reporting directly to the FLAX Board of Directors.
Forney has long been involved in nurturing the French community in Southern California, where she originally established herself in the fashion and interior design spheres. As a board member for the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, she played a pivotal role in negotiating the school’s new headquarters. From 2000–2007, Forney owned and operated Duodeco, a successful import company specializing in French Art Deco furnishings and design. Prior to founding her own company, she was the director of programming and subtitling at KSCI’s French television division. She received a Master’s in Translation and Interpreting from the Institute of Intercultural Management and Communication in Paris and is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. In 2016, she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
Michael Gonzales (1/19) is a Los Angeles based land use attorney, founded Gonzales Law Group APC (“GLG”) in August 2011. Prior to founding GLG, Michael practiced land use and real estate law for over 8 years at two Los Angeles based law firms. Michael has successfully run his boutique law practice for the last 7 years, implementing the development and construction of various hotels and multi-family projects.
Michael has significant experience developing entitlement strategies and obtaining entitlements for a range of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects throughout Southern California, with many projects in Hollywood. Michael has also served as a member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the last 6 years. Michael obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from USC. Michael currently resides is Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and his two kids, Sebastian and Violet.
Amy Knoll Fraser (7/17) is a veteran of the Los Angeles restaurant scene. She opened her first restaurant, the critically acclaimed and award winning Grace, with her partner Chef Neal Fraser in 2003 and their second, the late BLD, in 2006. In 2012 Knoll Fraser, Chef Fraser and their partners took over operations of Vibiana. Knoll Fraser has successfully merged the Fraser’s distinct handcrafted approach to food, beverage, and service with the beauty and history of one of the city’s most stunning architectural gems. In addition to events at the facility, Knoll Fraser and her partners opened Redbird, the Fraser’s follow up to Grace, in the rectory building adjacent to the Main Hall in early 2015. Most recently, Knoll Fraser and Fraser launched their fast-casual concept, Fritzi Coop. They currently have two locations, one at the Original Farmer’s Market at The Grove, and a second standalone restaurant in the Arts District. Knoll Fraser currently resides on the Los Angeles Food Policy Leadership Board, the California Restaurant Association Los Angeles Board and is a charter member of the Dine LA Restaurant Week Advisory Board.
Bryan Smiley (1/19) is currently President of Film and TV at Hartbeat Productions, the production company of comedian and media mogul Kevin Hart. He was previously Vice President of Creative Development & Production at Columbia Pictures, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. At Columbia, Bryan spearheaded a major production deal with Unanimous Media, the production company of NBA star Stephen Curry. In addition, Bryan completed a multi-picture deal with Issa Rae, the star and producer of the critically acclaimed INSECURE on HBO. Before joining Columbia, Bryan co-fou
Li Wen (7/16) AIA is a Principal and Design Director at Gensler, a global design practice that he joined in 2006. He has over 25 years of experience and is responsible for leading the design on many of the firm’s corporate, creative office and civic/cultural projects, including MGM Place in Beverly Hills, the LAPD Memorial to Fallen Officers, Playa Jefferson creative office campus, and the AltaSea campus at the Port of Los Angeles. In addition, he is a leader on the team responsible for formulating research and development on special projects out of the Los Angeles office, which include the visionary Network_LA Transit, the firm’s Environmental Mapping Tools, and most recently, the Pershing Square ReVision and CAPACITY. Li has also acts as lead editor for the Gensler’s Ideas_ journals, which he created and established in 2008. Li has both served as a SouthWest Regional Design Leader, and as a Firm-Wide Design Leader for Gensler, responsible for driving the design culture of the firm at various scales of purview. Li is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, receiving his Masters of Architecture degree in 1988. As a long-standing member of the AIA, Li has served on the LA Chapter Board twice as well as on its Executive Council and the AIACC Board. Li has been on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel, has served as a panelist for the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department’s Public Art Administration Program, and until recently co- chaired the Economic Development Committee for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He has been a design faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and continues to serve on design juries at the architecture Schools of USC, UCLA and Woodbury. Li has lectured at USC, Yale, Cal Poly Pomona, Mobius LA, the LA Architecture Forum, and the AIA|LA Design Convention. His work and ideas have received numerous awards and have been published in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Interiors, ArchDaily and Fast Company.
Kathie Foley-Meyer, Chair Emerita (12/11) is a mixed media artist and arts consultant based in Los Angeles. In her work as a nonprofit arts consultant she is charged with facilitating connections between the organizations and potential funders, artists and collaborators. She has also worked as a graphic designer on behalf of theater companies, museums and other nonprofits. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. In 2016 her work was featured in the group exhibition “SKIN” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, which explored the subject of race and identity in contemporary American life. She also created an installation at the Pasadena Playhouse for the production of FLY by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, a play that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. In July her piece Colored Entrance, was featured in the “Real American” exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center. In 2015 she was part of a group of American artists who traveled to Japan and exhibited their work with Japanese artists in Kitakyushu, Ashiya and Kyoto. Her sculpture Brown People, Glass Housewas featured in “Hard-Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond,” a group show at the California African American Museum that ran through April of 2016, and her solo exhibition of photographs and mixed media entitled Memory Parade was on view at LA Artcore in the fall of 2015.