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BOARD MEMBERS

Christopher Alexander, President

Christopher James Alexander is the Principal of CJA Creative Collaborations LLC. His Los Angeles-based practice works with architects, designers, artists, authors, and cultural organizations to develop and implement compelling business initiatives, strategic communications plans, and innovative research and design projects. During his ten years as a curator of architecture and design at the Getty Research Institute, Alexander co-curated numerous internationally acclaimed exhibitions including, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990Julius Shulman’s Los AngelesJulius Shulman, Modernity and the Metropolis; and the Getty’s installation of Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky. He is the co-editor of the award-winning publication, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990; author of the popular book, Julius Shulman’s Los Angeles; co-creative director, co-managing editor and contributing author of Amplified Urbanism; and co-creative director and managing editor of Personal Space: The Drawings of Lawrence Halprin. Alexander earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Art History from George Washington University.

Bill Macomber, Treasurer

Bill Macomber is a seasoned non profit and small business leader. He served as President of BAPF for 3 years, and has held board positions at several non-profits in Los Angeles. Bill works in the film industry where he is a post production specialist and runs Fancy, a post facility in Silverlake. He has been a Silverlake native since graduating from Wesleyan University in 1996, where he studied film.

Daniel Gerwin

Daniel Gerwin exhibits throughout the country, including New York and Los Angeles, and his work has been reviewed in the LA Times and other publications. He has taught at various universities, curated two exhibitions since arriving in Los Angeles in 2015, and writes regularly on contemporary art. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from Yale University. Gerwin has been awarded residencies at Blue Mountain Center and the MacDowell Colony.

Shelah Lehrer-Graiwer

As Executive Director of Barnsdall Arts/Friends of the Junior Art Center, pro bono, for 15 years, Shelah Lehrer-Graiwer restructured a struggling institution to fiscal responsibility with a reputation for excellence, innovation and creativity in arts education. She was a founding member of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. She grew up in and continues to live in Los Feliz with her husband, Jonathan, four children and extended family
UCLA: BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
UC Berkeley: MA PhD(abt) Modern European Intellectual History Regent Fellow.

Ron Pommerantz

Ron is a two time Emmy winner, multi-platform brand marketer, creative director, content creator, strategist and storyteller. Ron’s expertise is in managing creative departments specializing in strategizing, defining and marketing the launch of series, brands, networks, cause marketing initiatives and product. With teams ranging from 20-40 people, Ron has worked globally and locally to create brands that are regionally tonal and universally appealing. Ron has led the launch of TV Guide Network, FX, FXM: Fox Movie Channel, HBO Family, SOAPnet, Playhouse Disney, The Disney/ABC TV Anywhere APPS and The Global Launches of Disney Junior and Disney Channel. Ron graduated from Skidmore College. And has been a resident of California since 1994. He lives in Silver Lake with his husband and their 2 dogs.

Kathleen McCafferty

Kathleen has over 25 years of experience in marketing for private businesses, corporations, and nonprofits. In particular, she has had substantial experience in fundraising, marketing, information management and program development for arts-related nonprofit organizations. She has also assisted private entities in their coordination of philanthropic efforts to benefit arts organizations, notably those involved in film, music, theater and art. She has served as a board member of the Silverlake Film Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee and Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. Kathleen has an undergraduate degree in art and a graduate degree in Information Science from UCLA.

Judy Kim

Judy Kim is President of Trigold Entertainment, and her unique career as both a studio executive (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.) and independent filmmaker (PATIENT, BETWEEN US, SAVING LINCOLN) gives her an unusual insight into both worlds. With a background as an entertainment lawyer, Judy is able to provide both producing services and business affairs advice to maximize opportunities for the film projects she takes on. Most recently, Judy was a Co-Producer and Business Affairs executive for an animated feature film franchise, “THE LAND OF ELYON: The Dark Hills Divide,” a U.S.-China co-production based on an award-winning 5-book series. Judy has worked as an Executive Producer or Producer on numerous independent feature films and a variety of tv pilots, shorts and commercial video projects, including for companies such as Disney XD and Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Mobile. Judy came to film through dance and music, and she still loves all forms of performing arts. She is excited to be working with the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and furthering its mission of bringing the arts to the community.

Janice Engel

Award winning filmmaker and show-runner, Janice Engel wears many hats. Here are few… She has created numerous documentaries, non-fiction specials and television series for over 25 years including: Jackson Browne: Going Home, (Cable Ace-Award), Ted Hawkins Amazing Grace, (Rose D’Or Special Jury prize for the film that best reflects human values); and, the provocative docu-series, Addicted, (recipient of a 2011 Prism Award for Accuracy in Depiction of Drug Addiction). Under her own banner, Two Rivers Productions, Janice co-created What We Carry, an ongoing, multi-media documentary series dedicated to preserving Holocaust survivors’ stories for future generations to come. Premiered at The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and subsequently presented Yad Vashem in Israel in 2014, What We Carry has been viewed by some 35,000 people over the past three years. The common thread through much of her work is her passion for political activism, speaking truth to power and advocacy. Currently she is directing and producing a documentary, RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, on one of the most provocative and courageous American journalists of modern times. A graduate of USC School of Cinematic Arts, Janice is now a professor at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, where she teaches documentary film and shares her many stories to eager students from around the globe. A longtime resident of Los Angeles, California, she is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and relishes her tenure as Vice-President of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. In her spare time she lives with her wife and three dogs, where she tends her urban garden and cooks for her extended beloved family.

Megan MacEachern

Megan MacEachern is an entertainment industry veteran with over two decades of career victories that
showcase her strategic vision and creative flair in building national, as well as global, brands.
Her philosophy and approach to the business have been held in high regards by an impressive roster of
consumer brand leaders, including Hard Rock Cafe International, Clear Channel, A&M Records, AOL, Virgin
Atlantic, The Food Network and iconic Southern California landmarks The Hotel Lautner, The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Hollywood Tower and of course Barnsdall Art Park.

Diane Barber

Diane Barber is an Independent Curator with more than 20 years of experience in the Visual Arts. Projects include major exhibitions with an international roster of artists presented in arts organizations, galleries,
universities, schools, and other public spaces and institutions. Most recently, Barber served as Director of the East End Foundation, the organizing force behind the East End Cultural District, a state-designated creative hub in Houston, Texas comprised of 20 non-profits, 6 studio compounds, 3 theaters, 6 music venues, 9 galleries, 3 makerspaces, 2 urban farms, 14 historic sites, and the largest collection of outdoor murals in the city. Prior to that, Barber served as Co-Director/Visual Arts Curator of DiverseWorks ArtSpace (Houston, TX). During her 14-year tenure, Barber curated more than 65 exhibitions for DiverseWorks giving particular emphasis to commissioning new works and site-specific installations and to developing programs with charged cultural and political undertones. Barber also previously served as Exhibitions & Publications Coordinator for FotoFest
International, the largest photography biennial in the United States. Professional affiliations include the Warhol Initiative, NPN’s Visual Arts Network, the NAMAC 2009 Leadership Institute, the Advisory Board of FotoFest, the Board of Directors of the Friends of Women’s Studies at the University of Houston, and ArtTable. She is past board president of the National Association of Artist Organizations and former Chairman of the Houston Coalition for the Visual Arts. Barber is also a founding board member of the Independent Arts Collaborative, a Houston-based organization responsible for the creation of MATCH a multi-tenant arts complex in Houston’s urban core.

Claudia Glenn Barasch

Claudia Glenn Barasch is the co-founder and co-president of the non-profit youth organization Leave Out The Violence, U.S. (LOVE, US). LOVE is an award winning, grass roots organization creating a youth led movement against violence. LOVE was founded in 2000 in Montreal, Canada, and now has a strong presence and programming throughout Canada from Nova Scotia to Vancouver. There have been LOVE satellite offices in Eilat, Israel, and Uganda. LOVE U.S. was founded in 2002. Between LOVE Canada and LOVE US we work with thousands of youth annually. The LOVE mission is to reduce violence in the lives of disenfranchised inner city youth
ages 11 to 21 and in our communities by building a generation of youth who communicate a message of non-violence. Claudia is also the founder and president of Claudia Glenn Events, Inc., an event production company since 1995. Claudia Glenn Events produces corporate, non-profit and social events in the NYC tri-state area as well as South Florida and greater Los Angeles. Claudia is an avid motorcyclist along with her husband and their children. She was case as one of six women int he documentary “Motorcycle Women,” produced by Original Films
and directed by Janice Engel for the Discovery Channel. In 2002 Claudia founded the Lady Liberty Ride motorcycle fundraising rally, which she produced for seven years. The Lady Liberty Ride had as many as 1000 co-ed riders participating in a round trip ride from NYC to Bear Mountain State Park promoting and supporting women in motorcycling of which all of the proceeds were donated to LOVE. Prior to starting her company, she worked at Sotheby’s Auction House for 15 years in several capacities including cataloguing Antique Jewelry, and special events.Claudia received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and the Ecole de Louvre in Paris with a concentration in music and art history. She is graduate of the WUJS Ulpan/Aliah program in Arad, Israel, attended Interlochen Arts Academy as a music and dance major, and is a graduate of classical piano from the Hoff Barthelson Music School conservatory. Currently, Claudia is a Masters Candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Claudia is married to Sheldon Hirshon and they reside in Los Feliz, since arriving here in January 2015. They have three adult children.