Alison Kleaver | CHAIR
University Counsel, The California State University (CSU)
Alison Kleaver joined California State University's Office of the General Counsel in February 2017. She is the University Counsel for Humboldt State University and a member of the Human Resources Team. Before joining CSU, Alison was an associate with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where she was a member of the Business Trials Practice Group and Latin America Team. Alison serves on the Board of Governors for California Women Lawyers and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. Alison graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and co-founded a legal clinic for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Alison lives in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles with her husband Jonathan.
Paul Tepper | TREASURER
Executive Director, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Paul Tepper is the Executive Director of Western Center on Law & Poverty. He holds a J.D. from Washington University School of Law and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Tepper has worked in the Southern California nonprofit community for the majority of his career, focusing on the political, social and economic justice issues that impact low-income Californians. His past work includes overseeing the WCA Development Corporation, the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty, and Westside Legal Services. Mr. Tepper is an active member of the State Bar of California and in addition to Grand Performances, serves on the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Impact Cabinet and the State Bar’s Commission on Access to Justice.
Jan Fogelman | SECRETARY
Jan Fogelman recently retired from City National Bank. She joined the company in 1990, serving as manager of City National’s Brentwood, Westwood and Beverly Hills branches, manager of Premier Banking in Beverly Hills, and as Senior Vice President and Team Leader of Specialty Banking. Prior to CNB, she held positions at various Los Angeles area banks. Jan joined the Grand Performances board in 2009, and served as President from 2013-2015. She also serves on the board of directors of Jewish Vocational Services. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University. Jan lives with her husband, Mitch Fogelman, in Northridge and enjoys the theatre and travel.
General Counsel, The Boeing Company
Jennifer Fisher serves as intellectual property counsel for both Commercial and Government network, space and intelligence programs in the Defense, Space and Security unit at Boeing and it’s subsidiary, Spectrolab. Prior to joining Boeing, Jennifer was General Counsel for Marshall & Swift/Boeckh and began her career as a corporate & securities associate at Mayer Brown LLP. In 2012, Jennifer was honored by the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Southern California Chapter as a “Rising Star” and by the City Club on Bunker Hill with the 2012 Woman of the City Club Award. In 2010, Jennifer was named one of the Nation’s Best “Top 40 Lawyers under 40” by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. A native Chicagoan, Jennifer graduated Harvard University with cum laude honors in Government and The University of Chicago Law School.
Senior Vice President, City National Bank
A native Angeleno, Dena Harte is Senior Vice President and Team Lead for City National Bank’s Pasadena Commercial Banking office, which covers the LA Metropolitan and San Gabriel Valley regions. She has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with City National Bank for over 15 years. Dena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son.
Founder, OmniWorks L.L.C.
Brent Imai is the founder of OmniWorks, a business incubator providing strategic services for startup and growth stage companies led by women and minority entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. Previously, Brent worked in the entertainment industry, most recently as head of content development for AT&T. Brent is active in the startup and innovation ecosystem in LA and is a member of Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels which invest in early stage companies. He is a graduate of UCLA and is an avid supporter of local arts organizations including LACMA, MOCA, and LAND.
Director of the Strategic Partnerships Department, First 5 LA
Jennifer Pippard is the Director of the Strategic Partnerships Department for First 5 LA, the state’s largest funder of earlier childhood with a focus to ensure children are ready to succeed in school and life. Jennifer is responsible for developing organization-wide partnerships that contribute to the advancement of First 5 LA’s strategic plan outcomes. In addition, she has consulted with various organizations that focus on building communities to best support children and families including the Children's Planning Council. She received her BA in Sociology, from Western Washington University and her MSW from the University of Southern California. She was attracted to the Grand Performances Board of Directors as she knows first hand the value of music and the arts in public places which allow for social connections to grow and create a larger sense of community. Grand Performances offers people a new experience to learn about each other in a fun and welcoming environment.
Founding Member of Ozomatli, Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer
Raul Pacheco is a native Angeleno from Boyle Heights with a musical career defined as a founding member of Los Angeles’ 25-year world music mashup group, Ozomatli. The three-time Grammy winner has represented his home town in over 55 countries, giving insight to a collective and positive worldview of our city. Grand Performances is an important integral part of Ozomatli’s history.
Mr. Pacheco’s role on the board is to help continue the singly unique experience that Grand Performances offers: presenting the profound depth of world music and culture to an eclectic city and its equally eclectic residents.
Filmmaker, VP Creative, AwesomenessTV
Jared Seltzer is a native Angeleno and filmmaker who has worked on a range of commercial spots, Hollywood studio films, and international documentaries. Recent clients include Volkswagen, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, and Nestlé. Jared is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, where he studied directing and screenwriting, and he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study film in New Zealand.