Board

Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino is an American television, film, and stage actress. She is a graduate of Harvard and Yale University, and has for 30 years appeared on stage, film and in dozens of television series such as Amazon’s current Bosch, Brooklyn Bridge, ER, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Drew McCoy where they have actively supported many arts and education institutions, including Inner City Arts (including the establishment of the Eamon Cannon Comedy Class), the Virginia Avenue Project (a free after-school performing arts and arts mentoring program in Santa Monica), the Cornerstone Theater Company, the Boston Court Theater, and Arts for LA. Amy is also Vice-President of her neighborhood association and an active strategist and spokesperson in the historic preservation movement in her neighborhood and LA as a whole, was a founding board member of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, and a member of the Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board. Since 1994 Amy has been a strong force in the Screen Actors Guild’s – and later SAG-AFTRA’s - executive leadership. She has served as vice president, national secretary-treasurer, chair of the finance committee, and as a member of multiple negotiating, strategic planning and national executive committees. She shepherded the revamping of SAG’s communications and outreach, and was critical to the achievement and implementation of the SAG-AFTRA merger. Amy is intrigued with taking her volunteerism to the next level with Arts for LA. She is interested in developing broad arts policy and learning more about our government relations efforts and interactions with the schools. She has a wide and strong network of friends and colleagues in the creative industries and looks forward to including that network in the Arts for LA family.


Betty Avila

Betty Avila's work centers on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. She has held positions with the Getty Research Institute, The Music Center and the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. Betty joined the Self Help Graphics team in 2015 and became executive director in 2018. She sits on the boards of the Center for Cultural Innovation and Arts for LA, and was a founding board member of People for Mobility Justice (formerly Multicultural Communities for Mobility), an organization that supports low-income communities of color that bike, walk and use public transit in Los Angeles County. Betty sat on the inaugural Advisory Committee for Los Angeles County's Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative as an appointee of Supervisor Hilda Solis that resulted in the recommendation of cultural policy and was unanimously approved by the County Board of Supervisors. In 2017, Betty was named one of C-Suite Quarterly Magazine’s NextGen 10 in Philanthropy, Arts and Culture and an Impact-Maker to Watch by City Impact Labs. She was raised in the Cypress Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Literature at Pitzer College, has an M.A. in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, and is a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to Korea.


Jan Breslauer, Esq.

Jan Breslauer, MA, MFA, JD has been in the arts and entertainment industry for 25+ years. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she worked in Hollywood for many years and brings that wealth of experience to helping others do the same. Jan spent more than a decade working with comedy legend Garry Marshall, and was one of his attorneys until his death in 2016. She now represents and sits on the board of the non-profit theater that bears his name, and continues to represent many of Mr. Marshall's colleagues, friends, and associates in the entertainment industry. As a journalist, Ms. Breslauer wrote for the Los Angeles Times for twenty years, as an arts and entertainment critic, commentator, and feature writer. In addition to the Los Angeles Times, her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, and many other periodicals. Her articles on legal and governmental issues in the arts have been cited in Amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court and in the United States Congressional Record. She has taught at universities and graduate programs across the country, from Yale to UCLA.


Fred Goldstein

Fred Goldstein, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, joined LACMA in February of 2005. Prior to joining LACMA, Mr. Goldstein served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Phoenix House Foundation in New York and previously as a partner in the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz. Mr. Goldstein received his JD from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He has taught Art and Museum Law at Southwestern University School of Law and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and as a Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Arts for LA, and sits on the Government Affairs Committee of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Museums.  He has also served on the Planning Committee and as a faculty member for several years for the annual Legal Issues in Museum Administration course, organized by the American Law Institute and the Smithsonian Institution.


Jamila Hunter

Jamila Hunter was named senior vice president, ABC Comedy, in October 2016. Prior to that she was named vice president of ABC Comedy in 2011, where she was tasked with overseeing the development and production of new sitcoms. During that time, she has worked on such projects as the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series “black-ish,”“Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Real O’Neals.” She also supervised Tim Allen’s return to network television in “Last Man Standing,” which ran for six seasons.

Prior, Hunter was a key member of the creative team that launched The Oprah Winfrey Network and senior vice president of Alternative and Digital Programming at NBC. She also served as vice president of Comedy Development for 20th Century Fox Television and vice president of Development and Production at Bravo, where she was an integral part of the creative team that re-branded the channel and launched seminal shows such as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Project Runway.” Before her post at Bravo, Hunter was the second executive to join the nascent alternative department at NBC as the team launched iconic series like “Fear Factor,” “The Apprentice” and “Last Comic Standing.” Prior to donning her VP stripes, she served as director of Alternative Programs and director of Movies and Miniseries at NBC. 

Hunter started her career with NBC’s Olympic Division after graduating from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. 


Annette Johnson

Annette Johnson has 29 years of experience in the cultural arts field specializing in project design/management, marketing, grant writing and event planning. She has curated contemporary art exhibits, developed arts education programs, produced festivals, music and dance performances, public humanities programs, and large scale fundraising and community events. She worked 11 years with the Wignall Museum in Rancho Cucamonga, and six years with the City of Pico Rivera directing six divisions and managing budgets and projects exceeding $1 million. She has developed marketing materials, special events and education programs that have earned state and national awards. Annette has served as a grant reviewer for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and was a District Co-Chair for the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. She has been an active volunteer in K-12 education and community organizations, is a performing musician, and served on the Board of the Museum of Neon Art. Annette holds a BA in Art History from CSU Fullerton and an MPA from CSU San Bernardino. She also earned certificates in Non-Profit Management from Cal-Poly Pomona and Marketing Management from UC Riverside. Since 2005 she has worked as an independent consultant working with non-profit and government agencies in southern California.


Shana Mathur

Shana Mathur has dedicated her career to music and the arts. She joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association as Vice President, Marketing & Communications in 2008, where she oversees marketing, sales and customer experience at Los Angeles’ most iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Since Shana joined the LA Phil, she has spearheaded major, multi-faceted campaigns, including the introduction of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the 10th Anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall, key festivals and record-breaking seasons at the Hollywood Bowl. Prior to the LA Phil, Shana was Director of Marketing at UCLA Live (performing arts at University of California, Los Angeles), from 2002-07. She moved to Los Angeles in 2002 from New York City, where she was Director of Marketing at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from 1998-2002. Before performing arts, Shana ran her own boutique entertainment PR and marketing firm, and spent several years working in the music business. Shana holds her B.A. in Anthropology from University of Wisconsin, Madison and her M.B.A. from CUNY’s Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. She lives with her husband, two children and dog in West Hollywood, California.


Rochelle Mills

Rochelle Mills is President and CEO of Innovative Housing Opportunities (IHO) where she is responsible for implementing the organization’s vision and growing its portfolio of high-quality affordable housing. Prior to joining IHO, she and her husband founded mills studio. Their high-end designs were featured on FineLiving, Homes Across American and other television and publications. Ms. Mills also founded architours, a boutique art and architecture tour and symposia company. Her diverse background includes UCLA and Otis extension instructor, editor of LA Architect, community planning, construction administrator, and lecturer and writer on art, design, and culture. Ms. Mills was appointed to two terms on the South Los Angeles Area Planning Commission and the Crenshaw Community Design Review Board. She has served on the California Cultural Tourism and LA Metro Expo Art advisory committees, as well as the boards of the SoCal Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, Association of Women in Architecture (now AWA+D), Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH), and Fellows of Contemporary Art. She presently serves on the boards of Kennedy Commission and the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies.


Winifred Neisser

Winifred White Neisser’s extensive and successful career in development of television programming evolved from a passion for education and the arts. Her 34-year journey in Hollywood, where she served for 14 years as an executive at NBC, and another 20 years at Sony Pictures Television, ending in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Television Movies and Mini-series, followed a strategic recognition of the impact that television can have on young lives and learning. She is passionate about music and  is the Executive Director of the Angel City Chorale,  a large community choir that seeks to represent Los Angeles in membership and music. In addition to her professional life, White Neisser has served on many non-profit boards focusing primarily on education and the arts, including the Otis College of Art and Design; the Harvard University Board of Overseers, and Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. Still intrigued by the power of messages and storytelling in popular culture, she continues to explore ways to share the stories that seldom get told, and demonstrate how art can be used as a vehicle to unite people and promote social justice.


Debra J.T. Padilla

Debra J.T. Padilla served as the executive director of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) from 1993 to 2018. Prior to being at SPARC, Ms. Padilla was the managing director of Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona, for seven years. She has served on numerous panels and committees, including but not limited to: the Rockefeller Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust for the Visual Arts, the Ford Foundation-Working Capital Fund Panel, the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation-Youth Awards Committee Chair, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Latino Theatre Council for the Latino Theatre Initiative at the Mark Taper Forum, the John Anson Ford Latino Audience Initiative Advisory Council, the Los Angeles Cultural Tourism Department, the City of Santa Monica Cultural Grants Panel, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Panel, the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Grants/Heritage Panel, Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants Panel, the Tucson Museum of Art Advisory Board, and served for fourteen years on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Theater Company and for five years on the Diversity Advisory Committee for the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles. Ms. Padilla was selected by the California Community Foundation to be part of their leadership fellowship program entitled “Ambassadors Within” and was part of the inaugural group of twelve women selected in Los Angeles for the Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC). She is a proud recipient of the Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award.


Felicia Rosenfeld

Felicia Rosenfeld, through FARconnector, serves as thought partner, organizational catalyst, infrastructure architect and creative strategist, working with artists and creative organizations to define and attain success.

Felicia has been involved in the not-for-profit world for most of her working life. After graduating with honors from Swarthmore College, she worked at Pentacle (in New York) and also for David Gordon Pick Up Company. Receiving a J.D. from Fordham Law School, Felicia practiced for five years, concentrating in entertainment, copyright and trademark law. Felicia returned to Pentacle as Director of Educational Programming in 2002, then became Director of Programming, and ultimately Co-Director.Felicia served as Executive Director of Dance Resource Center, the service organization for dance in the Greater Los Angeles Area from 2015-2018, professionalizing a 30 year-old all-volunteer organization and making it a leading example of arts service. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2006, Felicia also has worked and consulted with many arts individuals/organizations and social service organizations.

Felicia sits on the Boards of Directors of Arts for L.A., Dance Resource Center and Koreatown Youth & Community Center. She is a member of the Ford Theatre Connector Council, Americans for the Arts and Californians for the Arts. Felicia was a member Dance/USA Board of Trustees for six years; the Co-Chair of Dance/USA 2018 Conference Host Committee; and served on Pentacle’s Board of Directors; the Advisory Board of Show Box LA, as a Trustee of New Roads School, and on the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Karsh Social Service Center Steering Committee.


Clifford Warner

Cliff has garnered a reputation for being one of the top producers of award-winning experiences including Universal Studios’ WaterWorld Stunt Show, FiestaAventura’s Templo Del Fuego, Bollywood Park and Motiongate including the THEA Award-winning DreamWorks Animation Zone.

Having earned his MFA at the Yale School of Drama, Cliff has collaborated with some of the most creative people in the entertainment industry (notably as producer on Tokyo DisneySea and DisneyFest Asia). Cliff was one of the original founders of Thinkwell Group for which he served as CEO and Chairman for over a decade. Cliff produced notable projects including Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter; Sesame Presents: The Body touring exhibit and many more projects for Universal Studios, Walt Disney Entertainment, Harrah’s Entertainment and MGM Studios. In 2011, Cliff founded the entertainment development company Mycotoo, Inc., which was designated a top media company by Inc. 500 in 2017.

As chairman, Cliff has continued to build on his reputation of delivering compelling experiences. Mycotoo’s design collaborations have resulted in the opening of two theme parks (Motiongate and Bollywood Parks) for which Cliff oversaw the production development, strategic planning and team staffing. He built the award-winning creative team and served as liaison to facilitate master planning, production design, engineering and management of the specialty groups involved with the both parks. Cliff has been an invited speaker on multiple industry panels. His roots in theatre keep him anchored to like-minded organizations. He serves as board member for the Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange (YaleGALE) – an international leadership exchange with China, France, United Kingdom, South Africa and Mexico; And Ojai Valley Playwrights Association – a non-profit group that champions the introduction of new, aspiring playwrights to wider audiences off
and on Broadway.