Kevin Rodin – President
Kevin Rodin has worked in the Arts District for most of the last five years as a developer of innovative and sustainable affordable housing. He has been working in nonprofits and nonprofit management for over ten years. He partners with organizations and other entrepreneurs to bring catalytic change and usher in jobs and affordable housing to underserved neighborhoods. He is now the Principal of Community Development Resource Group (CD-RG), a strategic and financial consultancy focused on driving resources to disadvantaged communities. Music is his thing.
Dave Hunt (Started July 1, 2015) – Vice President
Dave Hunt is president and founder of DG Hunt & Associates, an art consulting and project management firm specializing in large scale art-in-architecture programs. With a background in design and architecture, his practice is rooted in the cultivation of relationships and collaborations between the “art world” and the “real world”. Over the years he has worked with a wide range of artists, architects, developers, and public art organizations throughout Southern California and beyond, but his primary focus continues to be in the arts and business communities of downtown LA.
Samantha Martin – Secretary
Samantha is the Marketing Director for CBRE Southern California where she oversees a team of 30 creatives that supports nearly a half billion dollars of revenue. Previously, she served as an Operations and Sales Manager where she led business planning and development. Sam continues to focus on joining the science of business with the art of marketing to develop winning strategies. (Started July 1, 2015)
Eric Needleman – Treasurer
Eric is a principal in the Spirited Group, a hospitality company that owns and operates venues throughout the Western United States. Based in Los Angeles, the company has 15 venues locally with additional locations in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX. Eric entered the hospitality industry in 2004, with his investment in the Golden Gopher. He then partnered to open Seven Grand in 2007, a bar that is largely credited with establishing the cocktail renaissance in Los Angeles, and Caña Rum Bar in 2009, which specializes in small batch rum and classic rum cocktails. The Spirited Group was founded in 2010. (Started July 1, 2015)
Pam is the Director of Finance at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She is a current resident of the vibrant Downtown LA’s Historic Core. With over twenty years of nonprofit experience, Pam is passionate about connecting the community with much needed resources and services. She values keeping in touch with the art community and, toward that end, founded and curates a Street Art and Graffiti gallery on Instagram. See her work at @graffcatz on Instagram. (Started July 1, 2016)
Tanner Blackman is a partner at Kindel Gagan Public Affairs Advocacy and an adjunct instructor of Urban Planning at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. He has previously worked as Planning Director of LA’s Council District 14, a lecturer at the Future Initiatives Program (SCIFI) at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and an urban planner for the City of LA, where he led efforts to end Los Angeles’ Mural Moratorium. Tanner is a board member of the Do Art Foundation, serves on the Exhibits Committee of the Architecture & Design Museum (A+D), and advises various non-profit arts organizations. (Started July 1, 2015)
Mona has been a resident of the Arts District since the early 90’s and has seen the gentrification of our neighborhood. As a long time supporter of artists and their works, Mona joined Art Share L.A.’s board to further her involvement.
Daniel is the CEO of Game Over, an independent video game development studio. Lisi produces a range of literary events, gallery exhibits, and film projects in Los Angeles. He is the author of World of Warcraft, a book on the social and cultural effects of the online game World of Warcraft. (Started June 1, 2015)
Mark Walsh has lived and worked in the Arts District since 1987 as a sculptor and freelance designer. He owns the Downtown Artist Space, which rents out workspace and tools. He also produces web videos that promote the arts in Los Angeles. (Started July 1, 2014)
Rick Robinson – Former President
Rick Robinson is a fine artist and advertising professional. He has been a deeply immersed citizen of the LA Arts District since 1992, working with community-based groups from the start. He is the outgoing Art Share Board President, having served since 2012. His current professional assignment is that of Chief Strategy Officer for Billups – http://billups.com/. You can see his artwork at http://primitivepop.net/