Board of Directors

Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles Chapter is led by a volunteer Board of Directors that coordinates with the national leaders at Social Enterprise Alliance.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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. 

 

Zoe Bollinger, Vice-President

Zoe Bollinger currently serves as the Vice-President and is the past Communications Chair for SEA Los Angeles. Zoe is a global business development professional with expertise in the role of culture in international business and how we can collaborate to succeed in diverse settings. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and crafting innovative strategies to create global opportunity. Zoe has worked in the US, Asia, and Europe, and plans to continue leveraging her business experience to foster sustainable development and long term economic empowerment.

 

Anastasia Butler, Secretary
Sustainable Law Group

 

DIRECTORS

Joe Altepeter

Joe is excited to Chair the SEA Los Angeles board and work to continue the effective efforts of the founding board to engage the Los Angeles community as a whole toward an inclusive economic future for social change. He currently serves as the Director of the Downtown Women's Center's Social Enterprise, MADE by DWC, and provides leadership and expertise to the product and retail based social enterprise while developing and overseeing the vocational education programs. He is inspired by the community of partners he works with everyday to create the vision and development of a growing social enterprise where product 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.   Follow Howard on Twitter @sportsandchange

 

Sue Cross is founder and principal of Cross Strategy, an advisory helping build revenue, craft alliances and leverage strategic communications to advance companies and causes in fast-changing environments.  As a social entrepreneur, she is founding a networking platform for first-generation college graduates and serves on boards including EdSource, SEA-LA and the advisory board of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship program at USC.  Her work leverages years of media business, news and public affairs experience.  Cross formed her Los Angeles-based firm in 2014 after serving as a business and content executive for The Associated Press, where she managed a $380 million portfolio of news and information businesses, a nationwide membership cooperative and developed digital partnerships with media and technology firms across the U.S. and Latin America. 

 

Ashley Cordero: As REDF’s representative for the City of Los Angeles’ LA: RISE pilot program, Ashley Cordero is responsible for coordinating and providing technical assistance to a network of employers and service providers to achieve successful social enterprise and employee retention outcomes. Using REDF’s hands-on entrepreneurial model, Ashley is building on the existing Los Angeles-based social enterprise network and documenting their impact. Her previous experience as a program manager for the social business TOMS is key to help REDF create locally-based programs that address issues such as homelessness, recidivism, and at risk youth. . A graduate of UCLA, Ashley is committed to maximizing outcomes at the intersection of business and social impact. An aspiring vegan cook, she also enjoys exploring the outdoors and reading. Ashley also serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Young Professionals board.  

 

Sona Chandwani
Chief Financial & Adminstrative Officer at Children’s Bureau

 

Ayda Safaei
Community Relations Manager, LA Metro

 

PAST MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ryan Blanc

Marcus Castain

Max Gail, Jr.

Kelvin Ho

Pamela Jacobson 

Cecily Jackson-Zapata (now on the National SEA Board)

Vivienne Lee

Kristin Magnuson

Bianca Philipi

Lauren Shapiro

John Sullivan

Vanessa Wai

Margaret Weber

Elizabeth Wilson

Mika Kim

Norah Edelstein

Betsy Densmore

Holly Mosher 

Karen Chern

 

 

 

 

 

 

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