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.
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.
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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As a California native, Kaya hopes to make a positive, lasting impact in the Greater Los Angeles area. Kaya currently heads up Children’s Bureau of Southern California’s social enterprise, FAF Software, a research validated, comprehensive data management, assessment and evaluation system used to help hard working child welfare professionals and organizations better serve vulnerable children and their families. She has successfully integrated and implemented the tool with major clients including Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and New York City Administration of Children’s Services. Kaya graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science; she later received an M.A. in Public Administration from USC where she learned that social and financial returns are not mutually exclusive. Kaya serves as the Membership Chair for SEA-LA. Feel free to reach out to her on LinkedIn to learn more about the benefits of joining!
Kristen Green, a Los Angeles native, is a Regional Partnerships & Technical Assistance Manager at REDF. Her role is to identify key stakeholders, establish partnerships, and foster the growth and development of social enterprise ecosystems, such as LA:RISE, in the Southern California region. She has a passion for providing advisory services to social enterprises, and to help them achieve their long term goals for both mission and business success. Kristen received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies, from Loyola Marymount University. She also holds a M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. In her free time, you can find Kristen reading, volunteering at her local animal rescue or visiting the park with Ms. Lois, her beloved retired greyhound.
Melody is a marketing strategist with expertise in growth strategy execution, social enterprise management, and impact evaluation. As the Strategic Marketing Manager at Medtronic Neurovascular, she leads a vast spectrum of global marketing initiatives. In her free time, Melody finds joy leveraging her marketing acumen for innovative social enterprises such as Bracken’s Kitchen. Melody came to Southern California by way of England (New Castle), China (Xiamen), Sweden (Stockholm), and the Deep South (Mississippi). She is passionate about cultivating SoCal’s social enterprise culture and connecting the community with the global social impact movement. Connect with Melody on Twitter @melodyuyu.
Jake is committed to working for equitable long-run economic growth. As an attorney at Sustainable Law Group LLP, he focuses on improving outcomes for individual agents of innovation and development in the marketplace. Through community-based transactional law on behalf of social enterprises, nonprofits and green businesses, Jake’s work helps sustainable, socially powerful businesses grow. In his free time, Jake loves to cook (especially making vegetables taste good), play sports, and enjoy the outdoors.
Brett Heeger is an attorney with a passion for community economic development, social enterprise, and neighborhood-level work. He supports a wide range of client companies, leveraging legal tools to support all of their goals from profit and growth, to impact and inclusion. Brett’s law firm, Gartenberg Gelfand Hayton LLP, is a boutique, full-service, corporate and securities firm serving clients in Southern California and around the world. Brett regularly presents and advises on legal matters for new and existing co-ops and social-impact minded businesses in Los Angeles. Brett previously served as the Food System Director at The Enterprise Center-CDC where he supported local food enterprises in Philadelphia with business advising and technical support. He is a Legal Fellow at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and a member of the California Center for Cooperative Development.