- TED TRIMPA (Chair)
- TIM WU (Vice-Chair)
- ALAN KORNBERG (Vice-Chair)
- JOHN HADITY (Treasurer)
- AMY STURSBERG (Secretary)
- RALPH BRYAN
- MICHAEL GRAZIANO
- MARK GUDE
- ANDREW HINDMAN
- KRYSTI KEENER
- JEFFREY LaHOSTE (Co-Founder)
- ALLEN T. LAMB
- SCOTT MAURO
- ERICK NEHER
- JEFFREY RESSLER
- RICHARD SHEEHAN
- DEBORAH TAYLOR
- AARON WALTON
- BARBARA WHITMAN
- KEVIN JENNINGS (Founding Chair)
Ted Trimpa 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.
Tim Wu 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 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.
Kornberg handles chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy-related acquisitions, bankruptcy-related litigation and insolvency-sensitive transactions.
Kornberg 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.
Kornberg received his BA, Magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1974 and a JD from New York University School of Law in 1977.
Kornberg 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, 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, 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. 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, Hadity also served as production rep on several Miramax releases including Academy Award winners SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, EMMA and RESTORATION.
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.
Hadity departed Orion during its financial restructuring to join indy producer Donna Gigliotti at Universal Pictures where he managed 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, Hadity was with The Kennedy/Marshall Company, the independent production concern of former Amblin Entertainment producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
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, 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, 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, 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. 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. Stursberg currently serves on the boards of Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and Tectonic Theater Project. She 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. Bryan 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.
After 20 years at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Michael Graziano is now freelancing as an independent Event Producer, Production Manager and Writer/Director.
After moving to New York City to pursue a career as an actor, Graziano began volunteering for Broadway Cares, eventually joining the staff as a Producer before serving as its Producing Director for the last 13 years. He is incredibly proud to have helped build the organization into one of the nation’s most respected non-profits in the areas of fundraising, community building, and theatrical production.
Graziano is a seasoned professional with experience in both non-profit management and event production. He is an excellent collaborator, communicator and strategist. His personal strengths are quiet leadership, logistics, and attention to detail. He works organically with his team to develop an individualized and creative approach to each project.
Graziano is also committed to helping non-profit organizations which work towards social justice. In addition to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, he has been involved with advising and creating events for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Bailey House, The Actors Fund, Gay Games, and Artists Striving to End Poverty.
Mark Gude is a former relator at DCRE Residential, the most cutting edge and creative real estate marketing and sales firm in Washington, D.C. Currently, he lives in New York City and is one of the newest additions to the Tectonic Board of Directors.
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, Hindman 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, 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. Hindman holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a B.A. (Biochemistry and Economics, with High Honors) from Wesleyan University.
Krysti Keener is a Brooklyn-based self-taught photographer. Always a natural wanderer, Keener has in the last several years documented her days walking or biking around New York City and elsewhere. A natural introvert who still craves company, her perspective on life is extreme, and often in conflict. In her images she is drawn to the harmony of opposites: softness and hardness, lightness and darkness, symmetry and asymmetry, privacy and publicness. Prior to turning to full-time photography, Keener worked in the fashion and apparel industry. It was there she became heavily influenced by color, print, pattern and graphic design. Keener has a dual MBA from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley.
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.
LaHoste 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, LaHoste 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.
LaHoste 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, Lamb 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.
Lamb 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.
Lamb 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.
Scott Mauro is an award-winning Executive Producer, creator of theatrical productions, live events and television specials. Before establishing his own production company in 1993- Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc. – Mauro was Director of Network Specials for Walt Disney Television servings as Executive Producer and Creative Director on all of Disney’s NBC specials. Since starting SME, Mauro has served as Executive Producer, director and consultant on many of the entertainment industry’s most acclaimed, star-studded award galas, concerts and live television specials.
Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (revival starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto, 2014 Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk Awards, Tony nom.), Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Promises, Promises, and Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Event Production: NY Pops 30th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall; Museum of the Moving Image 2015 Salute to Julianne Moore, the 2013 Salute to Kevin Spacey, the 2012 Salute to Hugh Jackman and the 2011 Salute to Alec Baldwin; the UCLA Visionary Awards Gala in Los Angeles for the past seven years; The EnvironmentalMedia Awards for three years; The Princess Grace Foundation Awards Gala for the past ten years; The Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards at Lincoln Center benefiting The American Heart Association at Lincoln Center for the past eight years; The Richard Rodgers Centennial for the Actors Fund; UNICEF’s Inaugural Gala celebrating 50 Years of Celebrity Advocacy; The UNICEF Snowflake Gala and Concert both in NY and LA for the past ten years;Norman Lear’s Spirit of Liberty Awards in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; The Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala for 8 years; Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards; Operation Smile’s Smile Gala in Los Angeles and New York for the past 10 years; Oscar De La Hoya’s Night of Champions Awards Gala; the 16th & 17th Annual Producer’s Guild Awards; “Dreamgirls” – The 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert; The 20th Anniversary of “Hair” at the United Nations and many others.
For television, he served as Executive Producer and Packager on The 7th and8th Annual Soap Opera Update Awards for Lifetime and Rosemary Clooney’s Golden Anniversary: An All-Star Tribute for A&E. Mauro served as a production and creative consultant on numerous award winning television specials including The 40th , 50th, 51st and 52nd Annual Tony Awards forCBS; Night of 100 Stars at Radio City; Downtown Abbey Preview Specials forPBS for the past five years; Ken Burn’s 25th Anniversary of the Civil War Special (PBS); Liza’s at the Palace for PBS; Cher Live at the Mirage for CBS;Diana Ross Live in Central Park for Showtime; the Parade of Stars at the Palace Theatre for ABC.
Mauro worked as Executive Producer and Creative Director on the Disney NBC special, The Grand Opening of the Disney/MGM Studios, which took home two Emmy Awards. His other Disney theme park specials include The Disney All-Star Comedy Circus, The Disney/NBC Season Preview and Mickey’s 60th Birthday among others. Mauro also earned an Emmy Nomination as writer and producer for the PBS special, The Whimsical World of Oz.
Mauro currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Actors Fund of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, New Dramatists, the Bogart Children’s Cancer Foundation and Center Theatre Group (CTG).
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.
Neher’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, Neher 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, Neher was named the Magazine Industry’s “Integrated Marketing Executive of the Year.” In 2011, his team was nominated for “Marketing Team of the Year.”
Neher 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. Neher 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). Neher’s passions include bicycling, travel, yoga, and classical music.
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.
Ressler served in the military from 1968-1970, where he was awarded the army commendation medal.
Richard Sheehan has been in banking for over 30 years, and has been with HSBC Bank, USA since 2002. As a student at Fordham University, Sheehan studied screenwriting and filmmaking and volunteered at what was once the IFP Film market. Now, many years later, as co-manager of the Media & Entertainment Group, he works every day with producers that are shooting their projects in the Tri-State area on their production accounts. Working very closely with members of his team, the senior credit officers of the bank and the Governor’s Office for Film & Television over the last two years, Sheehan is proud to be able to work with his clients on financing their New York State tax credit.
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.
Aaron Walton is co-founder of Walton Isaacson (WI), a full service advertising agency, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. His boundless creativity and strategic acumen have made him one of the most admired executives throughout advertising, brand marketing and the entertainment industry. Under his leadership, Walton Isaacson was honored this year with ‘Advertising Agency of the Year’ by Black Enterprise, and in 2012 was named one of the ‘Small Agencies of the Year’ by Ad Age.
With an expressed mission to be the “Planet’s Most Interesting Agency”, WI was founded in 2006 by Walton and fellow industry leader Cory Isaacson, in partnership with famed NBA superstar/entrepreneurial legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The company’s mission has been a breakout success, leading to inventive and dynamic business relationships with brands and organizations including Lexus, Verizon Wireless, One.org, Tequila Avión, Jim Beam’s Courvoisier, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Kilbeggan and Skinnygirl Brands, Right Gin, Unilever’s Axe, Dove, Clear and Degree Brands, Samsung, McDonald’s and Forbes magazine.
Walton began his career as a marketing executive with the Pepsi-‐Cola Company in Purchase, New York. He joined Pepsi-‐Cola as a marketing analyst and was quickly promoted to brand management for the Pepsi and Mountain Dew Brands. Walton’s resounding knowledge of the entertainment industry and pop culture proved invaluable to a company that was making huge competitive gains through its identification with popular music. He soon became Entertainment Marketing Manager for Pepsi and developed the entertainment marketing strategy for the entire company. After his stint at Pepsi, he started his own company, Aaron Walton Entertainment (AWE), which he later sold in 2001 to Omnicom’s DAS division and took on the additional responsibilities as President of the Radiate Entertainment Group: a network of 40 experiential marketing agencies housed in Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services division; he left Radiate in 2006.
Walton has received numerous advertising and creative awards. He has been honored with the advertising and marketing industry’s prestigious ADCOLOR® Advocate Award (2011) and was selected by Out magazine as one of the “100 Most Compelling People of 2010.” Additionally, WI was named Southern California’s Minority “Supplier Of The Year” for their work with Toyota Motor Sales Lexus Division in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Born in 1961, Walton grew up in Massachusetts and attended Babson College in Wellesley, MA. In 1983, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in Management/Organizational Behavior and Communications. As just one of two African-‐American students in his graduating class, Walton was elected student body president in 1982, and recently completed his appointed term as a Trustee at the College. Walton is a board advisor for the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease.
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, Whitman 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, Jennings 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. Jennings 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.