Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Board of Directors
David M. Hernand, Board Chair – is a partner of the well-known law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is co-chair of the firm’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group, a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group. Hernand advises companies, investment banks, private equity and venture capital firms and high net-worth individuals and families in public and private merger and acquisition transactions, corporate control contests, strategic partnering arrangements, public and private capital raising transactions and general company representation matters. David has handled transactions involving companies including Business.com, Club Penguin, DemandMedia, Homestore, Intermix (MySpace), IGE, LegalZoom, LowerMyBills, PriceGrabber, ProvideCommerce, Rent.com, ReachLocal and SeeBeyond.Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hernand had practiced with Latham & Watkins since 1994, with a two-year hiatus as managing director at Idealab, a Pasadena, California-based technology company incubator and later as CEO of New.net, an Idealab portfolio company. Mr. Hernand serves Vice-Chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, is a proud board member of The Painted Turtle and is a member of the Socrates Society Steering Committee of the Aspen Institute.
Adam “Wicks“ Walker, Treasurer – has founded numerous companies in the internet and media sectors, landing four times among the top 100 of the Inc. 500® list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S, as well as the fastest growing lists of the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Deloitte Technology Fast 50. He plays the role of strategist and dealmaker in each company, and has closed more than a dozen corporate finance transactions securing more than $100 million. Walker’s most recent company is W4, a leading online advertising network. Previously he built Hydra, which was named the fastest growing internet company in Los Angeles in 2007. Wicks also has an independent record label, Unnamed Music, is a partner in Intrinsic Entertainment, and backs musical instrument technology company EverTune. In 2000, he was nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and won the Award for Business Leadership. He lives in the Hollywood Hills and enjoys music, art, motorcycles, and most of all, downtown Los Angeles. His articles and coverage have been published in publications including Advertising Age, BusinessWeek, Internet Retailer, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and The Los Angeles Times.
Bonnie Tseng, Secretary – is an Assistant Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Contributions Officer with City National Bank charged with overseeing their CRA Department’s annual contributions budget and CRA community involvement for California, New York, and Nevada. She joined City National in 2005 following her former career in entertainment and marketing which began as a Director of Operations for a boutique art studio, and later as an agent for over 30 artists working in film, commercials, and TV. She eventually transitioned into the music industry as Director of Artists and Repertoire (A&R), talent manager, and business manager for a record label. In 2004, she attended her first Art Walk, and has been a supporter of the downtown arts scene ever since. Bonnie volunteers on several boards, development committees, and has been involved in numerous fundraising event committees for organizations focused on helping the underserved in Los Angeles: Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), Salvation Army Alegria, Chrysalis, Para Los Niños, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, Enterprise Community Partners, and Shelter Partnership. She also participates in Step Up Women’s Network and the LA Downtown Center Business Improvement District’s Marketing Committee. Her corporate philanthropy and service to the community have earned several awards. It is one of her personal missions to help end homelessness to improve the quality of life in L.A. County through economic development.
Ms. Pamela Huntoon – has been a lover of the arts since childhood, growing up in Los Angeles with both parents in the arts. Currently, Ms Huntoon is Education Director to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry which district encompasses Downtown Los Angeles and South Los Angeles. Her lifelong concern has been education. Ms Huntoon has secured well over 75,000 field trip opportunities for constituents young and old throughout her 8 1/2 years serving Councilwoman Perry. Ms Huntoon was educated in Public Health at UCLA and then went on to becoming a parenting specialist at CSULA. Ms. Huntoon is responsible for all art and cultural opportunities for over 80 schools, churches, senior centers and community centers throughout the district. All education issues are under her auspice, including academics, health and human services and safety. Ms. Huntoon lives in Los Angeles with her youngest of three children. Board affiliations: ArtShare LA, Board Member; Woodcraft Rangers, Board Member; Project MusZed, Board Member; Chair Los Angeles Trade Technical College Foundation and Board Member; Jules Verne International Film Festival, Los Angeles; Board Member. For Councilwoman Perry: A Place Called Home, Board Member; Challengers Boys and Girls Club, Board Member – Memberships: Grand Avenue Partners; Music Center Education Division; Los Angeles Opera Education Division.
Marc Loge – is the Director of Public Relations at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Prior to joining the Wilshire Grand, Marc had several years of experience working in television and feature film production as well as computer technologies. Marc graduated from Indiana University, and has been very involved in numerous non-profits in downtown Los Angeles.
Andre Miripolsky – is an internationally known artist, located in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Miripolsky was born in Paris, and reared in the rich cultures of Austria, Iran, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia; his dynamic paintings, sculptures, mobiles and graphic design have garnered devoted international collectors. His collaborations with MTV, The Tonight Show, Elton John, Bette Midler and Quincy Jones have brought his brilliant vision to millions of people. He is also a member of the Hollywood Arts Council board of directors.
Recently Appointed Board Members:
Patti Berman – currently serves as President of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), and is a resident and long-time supporter of historic downtown Los Angeles in various capacities. Ms. Berman also serves as Secretary of the Park Advisor Board for Pershing Square. She has a BA in Theoretical Mathematics from UCLA, previously toured American nightclubs as a saloon singer and is a licensed scuba instructor.
Qathryn Brehm – is a highly-regarded artist and community leader in downtown Los Angeles, having lived and worked there since 1979. Ms. Brehm recently served as Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Central City East Association (a business improvement district in downtown Los Angeles), previously served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles River Arts Business Association, was founder and editor of the LA Downtown Arts District official website (LADAD.com), was a founding member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Art Share Los Angeles, a non-profit located in the Arts District providing free art classes for at-risk students.
Peklar Pilavjian – owns the St. Vincent Jewelry Center located at 7th and Hill Streets in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Pilavjian has been actively involved in downtown community affairs for many years, having helped to form the Downtown Center Improvement District (DCBID) in 1997 and served as a member since its formation and as its immediate past Chair.
LaTanya Spann – serves as Property Manager with Gilmore Associates working with residential and commercial properties in the Old Bank District of downtown Los Angeles. Ms. Spann previously worked in brand strategy management for advertising firm McCann Erickson, and brings experience in planning and producing high-end events in Los Angeles, Canada, the Dominican Republic and at the Cannes Film Festival. As a property manager, Ms. Spann is involved in creating and maintaining vibrant urban communities, and she regularly works closely with all key business, community and governmental constituents involved in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Community Advisory Board
This advisory board provides community insight, offers experience, and provides action items and feedback submitted by the local galleries. The Advisory Board is currently comprised of Greg Esser and Clyde Beswick, with additional persons and leadership to be named in the coming months. They meet and present items on an ad hoc basis.
Mr. Esser currently serves as Director of Civic Art for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, has been active as an artist, administrator and arts advocate for over two decades. Esser is also the founder and former Executive Director of Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization focused on community revitalization and economic development through arts and culture in downtown Phoenix.
Mr. Beswick is a renowned contemporary art collector, a former collections committee member at MOCA, a former board member of Los Angles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and a marketing and public relations executive. Both Esser and Beswick are downtown Los Angeles residents, have experience and passion for the arts, and will moderate and convey the concerns of the residents, property owners, businesses and artists to the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.