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- TED TRIMPA (Chair)
- TIM WU (Vice-Chair)
- ALAN W. KORNBERG (Vice-Chair)
- JOHN HADITY (Treasurer)
- AMY STURSBERG (Secretary)
- RALPH BRYAN
- MICHAEL GRAZIANO
- ANDREW HINDMAN
- KRYSTI KEENER
- JEFFREY LaHOSTE (Co-Founder)
- ALLEN T. LAMB
- ERICK NEHER
- CATHY RENNA
- JEFFREY RESSLER
- PAUL SEKHRI
- RICHARD SHEEHAN
- DEBORAH TAYLOR
- AARON WALTON
- BARBARA WHITMAN
- KEVIN JENNINGS (Founding Chair)
is the Principal and President of Trimpa Group, LLC, a progressive consulting, philanthropic and political investment advising, and government relations firm specializing in public policy advocacy and political strategy at the state and federal levels. Trimpa brings more than a decade of government relations and political consulting experience with a proven record of results. Trimpa is one of the country’s most sought-after advocates resulting from his deep understanding of the national and multi-state public policy, political and nonprofit landscape. He has been recognized in national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, The Advocate, and The Weekly Standard for his central role in designing cutting-edge public policy strategies.
is a professor at Columbia Law School, director of the Poliak Center at Columbia Journalism School and a contributing writer at NewYorker.com. He is best known for his work on Net Neutrality theory. He is author of The Master Switch, Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination, and other works, and in 2013 he was named one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers.
ALAN W. KORNBERG
Alan W. Kornberg is a Partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a New York-based law firm, where he chairs the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.
Alan handles chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy-related acquisitions, bankruptcy-related litigation and insolvency-sensitive transactions.
Alan has served as the Second Circuit Regent of the American College of Bankruptcy and was Chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2005 to 2008. He frequently mediates bankruptcy-related disputes and lectures on bankruptcy-related topics for local, national and international bar organizations.
Alan received his BA, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1974 and a JD from New York University School of Law in 1977.
Alan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bennington College, where he has served as a Trustee since 2004. He also serves as a Director of New Music USA, and previously served on the boards of Classical Action, the Lubovitch Dance Foundation and Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS.
John Hadity is the Executive Vice President for EP Financial Solutions, the film financing subsidiary of Entertainment Partners, the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, extras casting, tax incentives, finance and other integrated production management solutions. Hadity oversees the monetization of tax credits as well as other forms of financing that the new venture is expected to enter into.
Prior to joining EP, Mr. Hadity was the President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television. With over 20 years of studio experience, Mr. Hadity previously served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion. Mr. Hadity oversaw the strategic planning, risk management, labor relations, business affairs, tax, government relations and financial reporting for over 250 production entities, as well as managed all of the parent company’s structured finance and off balance sheet transactions. He has worked closely with government policymakers on the regional, state, provincial, and national levels in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia, and in the United States in Washington D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, and Puerto Rico, to incentivize the movement of production to these areas, resulting in over $250 Million being brought back into the studio while supporting inward investment in those territories. In addition to his corporate responsibilities at the company, Mr. Hadity also served as production rep on several Miramax releases including Academy Award winners SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, EMMA and RESTORATION.
Mr. Hadity began his film career at Orion Classics, a division of Orion Pictures Corp., where he served as technical and administrative director on art and specialty film acquisitions including Gabriel Axel’s Oscar winning BABETTE’S FEAST, Akira Kurosawa’s RAN, Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Pedro Almodovar’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, Bruno Nuytten’s CAMILLE CLAUDEL, Richard Linklater’s SLACKERS, Claude Berri’s JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, Wim Wenders’ WINGS OF DESIRE, several films by Eric Rohmer, and the re-release of Louis Malle’s MURMUR OF THE HEART.
Mr. Hadity departed Orion during its financial restructuring to join indy producer Donna Gigliotti at Universal Pictures where he managed Ms. Gigliotti’s independent production company, Tempesta Films. Projects originally developed and packaged under the Tempesta banner include the film adaptation of Walter Mosley’s acclaimed novel DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS and first time director Dan Algrant’s NAKED IN NEW YORK executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
Immediately prior to joining Miramax in 1993, Mr. Hadity was with The Kennedy/Marshall Company, the independent production concern of former Amblin Entertainment producers Kathleen
Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
Mr. Hadity is the Chair Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East, and has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees. His most recent films, MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS and BURNING BLUE, on which he serves as an Executive Producer, have completed production.
Amy Stursberg is the Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Since joining the Foundation, Ms. Stursberg has been responsible for the creation of a programmatic plan for the Foundation and the distribution of funds. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, Ms. Stursberg served on the Spitzer Administration transition team. She had been a consultant to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation managing the award of $35 million in cultural enhancement grants and $30 million in community grants in Lower Manhattan. Prior to that Ms. Stursberg worked at the September 11th Fund serving as a consultant to The Chair of the Board, Program Director for Economic Development and Revitalization, and then as the last Director of the Fund, overseeing its sunsetting. Ms. Stursberg has also held positions in the Office of Management and Budget for the NYC Mayors Office and at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. She has also worked as a university administrator and foundation officer. Ms. Stursberg currently serves on the boards of Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and Tectonic Theater Project. Ms. Stursberg received her BA from the University of Michigan with honors and a Masters in Public policy from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ralph Bryan is the immediate past chairman of La Jolla Playhouse where he served as board chairman from 2006 to 2009 and a trustee since 2000. He has served on or chaired committees for the Playhouse’s capital campaign, finance, fundraising, long range planning and chaired the national search for Artistic Director and Managing Director. He also serves on the board of Tectonic Theater Project. Ralph is a two time Tony winning Broadway producer whose shows include Jersey Boys (Tony Award), Memphis (Tony Award), American Idiot (Tony Nomination), 33 Variations (Tony Nomination), Cry-Baby (Tony Nomination), Farnsworth Invention. Ralph is a Managing Director-Investments for a wealth management group at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC focusing on high net worth, endowment, and foundation asset management. His group manages $400 million and is in the top 1% of the firm for assets under management.
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Andrew Asa Hindman joined Tobira in April 2011 and is President and Chief Executive Officer. He has served in various strategic and operational roles within the biopharmaceutical industry. Most recently as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Nodality Inc., a biotechnology company developing molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine approaches to drug development, he managed strategy and execution of collaborations with major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Prior to joining Nodality, he was Vice President of Corporate Development at Onyx Pharmaceuticals where he led the acquisition of Proteolix, Inc. in 2009. During his 10-year tenure with Gilead Sciences, Mr. Hindman held a series of positions increasing in responsibility within corporate development, commercial operations and government affairs. Prior to Gilead, he helped establish the biotechnology investment banking franchise at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Hindman holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a B.A. (Biochemistry and Economics, with High Honors) from Wesleyan University.
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Jeffrey LaHoste is an Emmy and Tony Award nominated writer/producer of acclaimed and influential works in the United States and abroad. He was nominated for an Emmy Award as a writer of the HBO film The Laramie Project, which also received a nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Laramie won the Humanitas Prize, the National Board of Review (Best Film Made for Cable Television) and the GLAAD Media Award, and was the opening night selection of the 20th anniversary Sundance Film Festival, before being screened at the Berlin and Deauville Film Festivals.
Jeffrey was a co-creator of the stage version of The Laramie Project, which became a cultural phenomenon, receiving thousands of productions in every state and many countries, and becoming a staple of the high school and college dramatic repertoire and diversity curricula. The follow-up to the play, entitled The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, was mounted by more than 100 theater companies on one night (October 12, 2009) in an extraordinary event that linked all of the productions in a simultaneous live webcast. The two plays subsequently toured several states in the accompanied by officials from the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, who used the tour as an occasion to perform community outreach and education for local law enforcement around the protections guaranteed under the newly signed Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
With Tectonic Theater Project, the company he co-founded with Moisés Kaufman, Jeffrey has produced many award-winning plays, including Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams’ One Arm, Puss in Boots/El Gato con Botas and 33 Variations, which ran on Broadway with Jane Fonda in the lead role, and for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Tectonic also received an Emmy Award nomination as Executive Producer of Kirby Dick’s documentary film Outrage.
Jeffrey is the author of Elysian Fields, a television series in development which was recently chosen as a participating project in the Producers’ Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop.
ALLEN T. LAMB
Allen T. Lamb is currently an advisory and investment professional with The Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused exclusively on the digital, media & entertainment and sports & lifestyle sectors. Prior to joining Raine, Allen worked in the Global Media Investment Banking Group of UBS Investment Bank where he focused on opportunities spanning the digital media, internet and sports sectors. He gained a unique set of professional experiences leading up to his time at UBS that included launching a digital media startup as a full-time entrepreneur in the fashion technology space, as well as roles in mergers & acquisitions investment banking, sell-side equity research and competitive intelligence at some of the largest financial institutions in the world.
Allen earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as a Master of Engineering degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.
Allen currently also serves as a board member of the Robert Toigo Foundation Alumni Endowment and as a member of the junior board of New York City Center.
Erick Neher is the Vice President, Marketing of Hearst Integrated Media, the corporate sales and marketing arm of Hearst Magazines. In this capacity he oversees all corporate sales marketing endeavors for Hearst Magazines, a unit of The Hearst Corporation, and the nation and world’s largest publisher of monthly magazines, with 19 U.S. titles. Hearst titles include Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Marie Claire, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, Seventeen, Food Network Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Erick’s department, encompassing 12 marketing professionals, develops, presents and executes “big idea” programs for Hearst’s top advertising clients, an elite group of approximately 150 Fortune 500 companies that cover every category from automotive to fashion to health to packaged goods. He develops relationships with marketing partners including retailers, websites, broadcasters, charities, events, and trade organizations. He then works closely with sales, digital and research departments to synthesize these assets and generate multi-tiered programs that help solidify Hearst’s advertising business on the corporate level.
Before joining Hearst in 1999, Erick was the Director of Marketing Services for Family Circle and McCall’s magazines at Gruner+Jahr, USA. He managed at 16-person joint marketing department that developed and executed broad initiatives relating to advertising category development, branding and other sales endeavors. As “keeper of the brand” for those two titles, he was responsible for positioning and promotion, including trade-related advertising endeavors. He wrote and edited promotional and sales material, supervised and executed annual sales meetings and other major internal and client-related events, and developed and managed all promotional materials and client events for the Family Circle Tennis Cup, a Tier 1 sports marketing event.
In 2009, Erick was named the Magazine Industry’s “Integrated Marketing Executive of the Year.” In 2011, his team was nominated for “Marketing Team of the Year.”
Erick graduated with honors from Harvard University and received a Masters Degree in Performance Studies from New York University. In addition, he lectures for various cultural and social organizations, including the Wagner Society of New York, and has published over 50 freelance articles on cultural subjects for publications including Opera Monthly and TheaterWeek. He is the Music Editor for The Hudson Review. His essay on the history of stagings of Wagner’s Ring operas was published in Inside the Ring: Essays on Wagner’s Opera Cycle (McFarland & Company, 2007). His passions include bicycling, travel, yoga, and classical music.
Renna is nationally recognized as a media relations expert and as a leader within the LGBT community. As a major force behind the success and growth of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where she worked for 14 years, Cathy served as a primary spokesperson for GLAAD, as well as its first National News Media Director.
Since leaving GLAAD and founding her own independent PR firm Renna Communications in 2006, based in New York, Cathy has worked to increase the visibility of clients such as the Williams Institute, OutServe, The Ali Forney Center, The Fenway Institute, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and more.
Jeffrey Ressler currently resides in La Jolla, CA. He is married to his wife, Vivien.
He serves on various Boards, including as the immediate past Chair of the La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation, and the former President of San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. He is a member of the California and New York State Bars, and he has served as an assistant District Attorney in Queens, NY.
Mr. Ressler served in the military from 1968-1970, where he was awarded the army commendation medal.
January 2009, Mr. Sekhri was Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to this, Mr. Sekhri was President and Chief Business Officer of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In 2002, Mr. Sekhri joined the Sprout Group, the venture affiliate of Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, where he was a Partner for healthcare technology investments. Prior to joining the Sprout Group, Mr. Sekhri spent four years at Novartis AG (“Novartis”), most recently as Senior Vice President, and Head of Global Search and Evaluation, Business Development and Licensing for Novartis Pharma AG. Prior to this, Mr. Sekhri developed the Disease Area Strategy for Novartis, identifying specific therapeutic areas upon which the company would focus. His first role at Novartis was as Global Head, Early Commercial Development, a department which he established to ensure the differential competitive advantage of Novartis’ pipeline. Mr. Sekhri completed graduate work in neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also received a B.S. in Zoology. Mr. Sekhri has held directorships with more than 12 private and public companies and is currently a member of the boards of directors of: Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and MacroGenics, Inc., and is a board observer at IMS Health Inc. and TB Alliance. Additionally, Mr. Sekhri is on the boards of directors of PatientSafe; Tandem Diabetics; moksha8 Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and of the non-profit Cancer Research Institute and the BioExec Institute. Mr. Sekhri also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall from 2009-2012.
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Broadway: the Tony Award-winning La Cage aux Folles and Green Day’s American Idiot. Off Off-Broadway: Street Lights, NYMF; Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party; Tracy Letts’s Killer Joe; Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz; Allison Moore’s Slasher. Film: Highway Courtesans and Stomp: a pulse odyssey. Producer of the Global Age Project, the Aurora Theatre and a board member of Moises Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project and the San Francisco Ballet. Current projects include The King’s Speech and Marcus Gardley’s Dance of the Holy Ghost, Broadway 2011.
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Barbara Whitman made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs. Other Broadway credits include Red (Tony Award, Best Play), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary Stuart, Legally Blonde – The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In the West End, she produced Piaf, starring Elena Roger. National tours include Next to Normal, Legally Blonde – The Musical, …Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Frost/Nixon. Upcoming projects include Murder for Two, a musical comedy murder mystery, a new musical based on the documentary Hands on a Hardbody, and a musical version of Little Miss Sunshine. A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU’s Gallatin School and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. She is currently the East Coast Chair of Northwestern University’s School of Communications National Advisory Committee, and Chair Emeritus of Play Group Theatre, a Westchester based theater for children and teens. She is a member of the Broadway League, as well as Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Her proudest productions are her two sons, Daniel and Will.
Kevin Jennings is executive director of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global foundation committed to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality worldwide. He has made a long and distinguished career as an educator, social justice activist and author. He began his career as a high school history teacher and athletic coach. Later, he founded the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network, a national organization for LGBT and straight teachers, parents, students and community members seeking to end anti-LGBT bias in American schools. From 2009 to 2011, he was Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education in the first administration of President Barack Obama. He has authored six books, including Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir, which was named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association. He graduated magna cum laude in history from Harvard University in 1985 and earned a master’s degree in education from Columbia Teacher’s College. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.