Program Advisory Committee

Arts for LA has regularly convened steering committees to help shape and develop programs and outcomes. The 2017-18 Program Advisory Committee is in formation, and the 11 members will meet five times during the year to advise and assist Arts for LA in its program development.

Sasha Ali

As manager of exhibitions and communications at the Craft & Folk Art Museum since 2010, Sasha Ali has organized close to 50 exhibition of contemporary craft, art, and design. She also produces and hosts a monthly program on NTS Radio called Miss Modular, which is a dedicated platform for womxn musical artists. She has organized nightlife events, including benefit concerts for Palestine Children's Relief Fund, Kashmir Earthquake Relief, and Operation USA. She holds a BA in Art History from UCLA and an MA in Communications Management from USC.

Photo Credit: Taylor Rainbolt / NTS Radio


Russell Copley

Russell serves 164 schools as the K-12 Arts Integration Specialist in the Local District Central region of Los Angeles Unified School District.  As a native South African Russell has been engaged in social justice initiatives in the arts for many years, working as a director, actor and activist in Cape Town, Johannesburg, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Perth before migrating the the USA in 1995.  Russell taught Theatre Arts in LAUSD for 10 years before transitioning into an arts administration position.  His passion is grounded in the belief that the arts remediate trauma, and advocates strongly for the arts to lead the Social & Emotional Learning initiative in LAUSD.  

As an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Fellow in 2016-17, Russell produced the South-Central Dance Festival as his culminating project. You can find the link to Russell's ACTIVATE project HERE.


Trevor Davis

Trevor Davis is a community organizer and arts advocate.  He serves as Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Empowerment Congress, and on its Leadership Council, and Co-Chaired the Congress' 25th Annual Summit at USC this year. As Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee, he has been helping to spearhead an arts policy framework focused on cultural equity & inclusion and arts for social impact among other efforts. He recently built upon this work to great effect, successfully organizing advocates to push the Board of Supervisors toward more robust funding of LA County's groundbreaking Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative. Trevor served as Board Chair of the acclaimed Ate9 Dance Company, and currently is a Cultural Agent with the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture. He also served as Executive Director of the arts cooperative Imaginese Productions -- a non-profit dedicated to uplifting diverse voices in media and harnessing the arts for social justice. In this role, Trevor co-founded the education programs at Imaginese, which develop civic leadership with at-risk youth through the arts. Trevor also serves on leadership at the Westwood Presbyterian Church, where he is working to spearhead a unique interfaith solar project for LA County. He currently does progressive organizing with Artivists into Action, the Eastside Action Hour and others. In addition to his advocacy, Trevor is a marketing consultant focused on experiential and cause marketing.


Charlie Jensen

Charlie Jensen is the program director of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, one of the largest and most prestigious continuing education programs for creative writing in the nation. He served on the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Council for six years, and he is passionate about using communication strategies to build support for arts, culture, and arts education.

Photo Credit: Philip Pirolo


Ilia Lopez

Ilia Lopez is a native to Los Angeles and is passionate about how the arts can be a transforming force in the lives of individuals and communities. She is currently the Director of Strategic Relations at Cornerstone Theater Company, a community-engaged theater company that has been making new plays with and about communities for over 30 years. Among her accomplishments at Cornerstone this past year was leading their successful 30th Anniversary fundraising and marketing campaign, reuniting past Board, Ensemble and community members and more than doubling their fundraising efforts for their annual giving and fundraising event. She is also responsible for opening the doors at Cornerstone to become a polling place for the local community. Prior to Cornerstone, she was the first Development Director at Our Community School (OCS), a K-8th grade public charter school that balances academics with creativity.  She was responsible for fundraising, community outreach and marketing for the school. Among her accomplishments at OCS was the creation of their Community Building Breakfast series, which brought in several businesses and local government officials that became successful partners and sponsors of the organization. In 2005, Ilia founded and became the Executive Director of Fostering Imagination, a nonprofit organization, which provided enrichment and mentoring programs for foster youth between the ages of 12-23 that included theater, filmmaking, adventure, and life skills. Through this program, she saw first hand the therapeutic effects that art has on individuals, and continues to mentor many of the youth from this program. Ilia holds a JD from Southwestern University School of Law, and a BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. She is also a member of the California Bar Association.


Mónica Moncada

Mónica S Moncada is an emerging museum professional interested in re-imaging museums as spaces for healing and community. Her interest in museums began during a work study position as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Collections Assistant at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology where she realized there was a need for the voices, perspectives and experiences of people of color in museums and cultural centers. Shortly after she graduated with her BA in anthropology from UC Berkeley, she obtained a Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes where she discovered her passion for interpreting history and facilitating conversations around difficult topics. She is currently part of the education department at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes where she works to provide students of Los Angeles County and beyond with a safe space to question, challenge and learn about American history with a Mexican and Mexican American perspective. She also serves on the Emerging History Professionals Affinity Community and Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce for the American Association for State and Local History where she actively exchanges ideas and thoughts around "righting" American history and creating tools for the field to reinterpret their narrative. Aside from work in museums, she serves on the executive board for Comisión Femenil of the San Fernando Valley, an all-volunteer Latina organization dedicated to serving young Latinas in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, which works to provide a free career and college conference for high school students and an annual scholarship for Latinas graduating from high school in the San Fernando Valley. Her love for her community and culture is what fuels her every ambition and dream.


Erika Nuno

Erika Nuno is an accomplished marketing and communications strategist with over 15 years experience, including a decade within the music industry developing campaigns for high-profile talent and Fortune 500 brands. Sony BMG, Universal Music, iTunes, Amazon, Univision, Pepsi, Valley Performing Arts Center, Fania Records, City of Los Angeles, and Target are amongst the many brands and organizations she has worked with. Her interest in environmentalism led her to begin Nunovations, a marketing consultancy with a mission to develop creative strategies that bridge the gap between the arts and business to accomplish sustainability. Her eye for developing brand stories into immersive art and culture experiences is also exemplified in her role as Partner in the creative agency, Champion City. Nuno holds an Advanced BA in Economics and Business Management from Occidental College, where she currently serves as the Vice President of the Latino Alumni Association (OCLAA). She is on record with a Global Sustainability Certificate from UCLA, and is a Member of the national environmental organization Green Latinos, the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, and the #OurWaterLA Coalition.  

 


Evangeline Reyes

Evangeline Reyes is a Program Officer at The California Endowment, the state’s largest health foundation dedicated to improving the health of all Californians. Her interests lie at the intersection of social justice and arts & culture with a focus on deepening local advocacy and organizing through the statewide campaign #SchoolsNotPrisons highlighting the health and community impacts of the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. She manages creative communications for Sons & Brothers, a social media and narrative shift campaign that elevates the voices and humanity of young people of color. Evangeline also manages Calendow Live, the public program arm of the foundation that supports civic engagement around health equity issues with experiential programs ranging from conversations with thought leaders, authors, artists and poets to film screenings and concerts, including pop-up art exhibits that support healing and resilience like The Art of Indigenous Resistance.


Daniel Rizik-Baer

Daniel Rizik-Baer is a proud wearer of many hats, with a career in the nonprofit arts and social justice sector that spans over ten years. His interests have always focused on creating a better world, improving the quality of life for underserved communities, and supporting young people to grow. These goals have always been rooted in the arts, community-based work, and research, usually with attempts at combining all three together. 

As an artist, Daniel is interested in multiple mediums to create. Early on, Daniel, aka "Silencio" established himself through hip-hop music production, releasing four EPs, mixing and recording, or producing for some of Los Angeles’ most notable rappers and MCs, such as Open Mike Eagle, NoCanDo, Cadalack Ron and more. 

Daniel is currently one half of light artist duo LightRiders (www.lightridersproductions.com), a creative team focused on custom, interactive, and unique light installations for DJ and club shows, standalone installations, and venue specific creations. Through this medium, Daniel combines his love for technology and science with an artists sensitivity and excitement.  

As an arts professional, Daniel served as co-Executive Director of J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy), a nonprofit hip-hop arts program in Macarthur Park that provides free arts programming and practice space with a special focus on underserved youth. He also served as Program Manager at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, overseeing event operations, marketing and outreach, high school and college internship program, the vendor and nonprofit partnership program and village, and corporate partnerships for over 100 free concerts each summer.

This work, combined with a love of alternative research, science, and sociology, also led Daniel to co-design and co-author a globally received landmark study with the National Institutes of Health that used freestyle rap to explore the brain’s activity during the creative state, published in Nature Magazine (online edition) in 2012 (freestylescience.com).  

 Outside of the arts, Daniel has also held positions to support parental involvement in education, in support of permanent supportive housing to address homelessness as Community Relations Manager with the Skid Row Housing Trust, and is currently the Project Director for the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network, a program of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.

 Daniel has a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz (Sociology with a minor in Electronic Music) and a Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) with a concentration in Management and Planning from UC Berkeley. Email: drizikbaer@goodfoodla.org Tel: (818) 442-4407


Kaile Shilling

Kaile Shilling is the Executive Director of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) -- an interdisciplinary collaborative of ten member organizations that provides arts programming to youth in detention facilities in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system.  AIYN envisions a future where youth are empowered and the systems that serve them are transformed by using arts as a foundational strategy and catalyst for change.

Kaile brings over fifteen years experience working in and with nonprofits, particularly those focused on building strong young people. Prior to the AIYN, she served as Executive Director for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, an organization serving hundreds of nonprofits across Los Angeles County. Her expertise lies in promoting networking and collaboration among community- and faith-based organizations and promoting cross-field dialogue and partnership. Prior to the VPC, Kaile worked at Homeboy Industries, one of the leading gang intervention agencies in the nation.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where she focused on the role of the arts as a means of expressing and shifting social values, and a Master of Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist Vince Beiser, and her two amazing kids.


Zoe Silverman

Zoe Silverman is a museum educator in Los Angeles. As Specialist for University Audiences at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, she manages programs for campus partners, including student gallery educators, academic internships, and arts-integrated professional development for teachers, graduate students, and faculty. She has worked as an educator and coordinator at a variety of arts institutions, including the Skirball Cultural Center, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt, and the Harvard Art Museums. She received an M.A. in Learning and Visitor Studies in Museums and Galleries from the University of Leicester and an M.A. in History from Harvard. She cohosts Open Admission, a podcast about museums and the people who work in them. In prior lives, Zoe was a medieval historian and high school teacher. These days, she is thinking about mindful approaches to arts education, social-emotional learning, and community wellbeing.