Board of Directors
Therese is a social enterprise consultant, specializing in the areas of business development, marketing, finance, and strategic planning. Prior to this, she was the Director of Business Development at Homeboy Industries and contributed to the growth of its various social enterprises. Prior to her role at Homeboy, she worked at The Walt Disney Company and KPMG NYC in different finance and marketing capacities. Therese has strong business acumen, is very passionate about the social enterprise field, and values using the power of business as a force for good. She is a proud Bruin and received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is truly inspired by the transformative work of the social enterprise community in LA and is enthusiastic about helping the community grow and build a sustainable future.
Zoë Bollinger currently serves as the Vice-President and Communications Chair for SEA Los Angeles. Zoë is a global business development professional with expertise in the role of culture in international business and cross-cultural collaboration to foster success in diverse settings. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and crafting innovative strategies to create global opportunity. Zoë has worked in the US, Asia, and Europe, and plans to continue leveraging her business experience to support sustainable development and long term economic empowerment.
Sona is a financial executive at Aristotle Capital Management, LLC. Prior to that she has had extensive career in the nonprofit management field serving as the Chief Financial Officer of some of LA’s most respected nonprofit organizations. Additionally, she played an instrumental role in the strategy and operations for FAF Software, Children’s Bureau social enterprise software solution for family service agencies. Sona earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Sona is committed to and inspired by finding new ways to help solve the challenges our communities face.
Anastasia Butler serves as Secretary and Chair of the Governance and Compliance Committee on SEA-LA. Anastasia is an attorney for Sustainable Law Group, P.C., a community based business transactional law firm with a specific focus on social enterprises, nonprofits and green businesses. In her free time, Anastasia enjoys practicing yoga, beekeeping and reading fiction.
Joe is a Board Member, and past Chair, of the Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles chapter and working toward effective efforts to excite the Los Angeles community to move toward a more inclusive and equitable economic future for social change. He is excited to host the national community of change makers at our 2017 Summit.
In addition, Joe provides leadership and vision for the Downtown Women’s Center’s Los Angeles based workforce development social enterprise, MADE by DWC. His role includes development and oversight of business strategies and workforce development programs impacting change for women living poverty. He is inspired by the community he serves and the partners he works with every day in creating the vision and development of a growing social enterprise movement where retail, design, and job-readiness meet commerce.
Howard Brodwin – A sports marketing veteran of over 20 years, Howard is the founder of Sports and Social Change, a sports marketing firm with a specific focus on Cause Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Enterprise development, working to connect brands, media properties, teams, leagues and athletes with nonprofit organizations, foundations and affiliated cause-driven businesses in sports. His expertise includes brand positioning and activation, grassroots and experiential marketing programs, public relations and social media campaigns, event management and sponsorship, business plans and corporate partnership development. Over the past 20 years, Howard has managed marketing and public relations programs for a diverse group of sports brands and properties including Rollerblade, Powerbar, LPGA, K-Swiss, Salomon, Bauerfeind, Red Star Hockey, and a wide range of nonprofit organizations such as Special Olympics, DisAbility Sports Festival, Global Team Players, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Blind Judo Foundation and Pearl of Africa Series.
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Ayda Safaei is a Community Relations Manager at LA Metro leading outreach efforts for transportation infrastructure projects. She has spent nearly fourteen years in external affairs – including community engagement, public affairs, fundraising, and special events. Ayda started her career in fundraising and communications on political campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. Though she enjoyed the intensity and fast-paced atmosphere of politics, her desire to work for social causes led her to continue her path in the non-profit sector. Ayda is a passionate advocate for social enterprises and believes creative business models can solve the world’s most challenging problems.