Board of Directors

 

Executive Committee

Therese Nolasco

Therese Nolasco

President

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

Zoë Bollinger

Vice-President

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

Anastasia Butler

Secretary

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.

Directors

Howard Brodwin

Howard Brodwin

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.

Follow Howard on Twitter @sportsandchange

Kaya Okuniewski

Kaya Okuniewski

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

Kristen Green

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 Liu

Melody Liu

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 Glicker

Jake Glicker

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

Brett Heeger

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.

Trini Rios

Trini Rios

Trini is a Field Building Associate at REDF, where she supports the LA:RISE program–a collaboration between social enterprise, workforce systems and personal supports providers helping people facing barriers gain and retain employment. Drawn to innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to social impact, Trini previously worked at a talent agency, where she leveraged her background in the nonprofit space and the power of popular culture to provide philanthropic advisement to clients. She holds a B.A. in Communication for the University of Southern California. As a native Angeleno with a lot of pride in her city, Trini enjoys exploring the SoCal outdoors and taking full advantage of the cultural treasures LA has to offer.

Georgie Walker

Georgie Walker

Georgie works at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and is committed to building sustainability and social impact. She is excited about working with businesses and entrepreneurs to expand their network, scale their impact and affect change. Georgie went to university in Edinburgh, Scotland, where in her free time she worked at FreshSight – a student-led social enterprise consulting firm serving socially minded businesses and non-profits. In that experience, she saw first hand the power of growing an ecosystem of socially minded businesses making an impact for the region, and is now looking forward to contributing to the growth of a social enterprise ecosystem here in Los Angeles.
Julian León

Julian León

Coming from a Latino family spread throughout Greater Los Angeles, Julian developed an interest in social enterprises after joining the Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) in the organization’s first six months of existence. Since then, Julian has assumed the position of Finance Manager while the organization has blossomed from a small startup into a large scale operation. As a board member of SEA-LA, Julian hopes to expose social enterprise leaders to SEA’s many resources to encourage more success stories in the social sector. Julian earned his B.A. from Occidental College, where he studied economics and philosophy, and played for the basketball team. Previous to his time at ImmDef, Julian worked in the private sector at a market research firm before spending a year working and traveling through Central and South America. In his free time, you can find Julian looking for new pockets of LA to explore, working on creative projects, and getting together with friends old and new.

Feel free to reach out to Julian on LinkedIn with any questions about SEA, or just to say hi.