The Emerging Leaders are a group of movers and shakers in the Los Angeles community who support Art Share L.A. through their creation of Art Share Connect, an incredible programming series designed to engage and educate local art appreciators and allow artists and art figures to speak critically about their work. These leaders have been hand selected by Art Share L.A. for their innovation and commitment to bringing more art to Angelenos. Their mission is to establish Art Share L.A. as the hub of the Arts District and the art scene in Los Angeles by creating opportunities for art appreciators to learn about and experience the L.A. art scene from varying angles, from established and emerging artists to gallerists and art critics and beyond.
Emmanuel Soriano, President
Emmanuel is a partner at commercial real estate group Industry Partners, focusing on the positioning and leasing of creative office and retail space. At Industry, Emmanuel develops project brand strategies, manages the firm’s own brand, guides day-to-day marketing and research efforts, and assists in the acquisition of new properties. Emmanuel is adamant about the community of residents, artists, businesses, and organizations that make DTLA such an exciting and inspiring place to experience. He enjoys the afternoon urban stroll, a cup of coffee, and a good read. He is a graduate of UCLA’s Urban Planning graduate program and lives in Chinatown with his wife Samantha.
Andy is a computer scientist and artist whose opposing interests led him to found Andy Bauch Studios, which creates original and commissioned works from thousands of recycled LEGO Bricks. He is also Chief Technology Officer of the Arts District-based startup Wizely Finance. Previously, he started and managed technology at several early stage companies, created security software for the U.S. Treasury, and built video player software and server farms for Disney and ABC Television. He shares his LEGO art at @andybauch.
Carrie is the founder and CEO of DTLA Rendezvous, a community-building organization in Downtown Los Angeles. Since 2012, she has been creating and hosting a variety of events throughout the year to engage DTLA residents and workers to meet with others, explore the neighborhood, and support local businesses and organizations. Carrie has a passion for meeting and connecting people, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Claire was influenced by her fine arts parents to become involved in the art world at a very young age. In addition to working at Dia Art Foundation in New York within the Publication and PR departments, she collaborated on projects for D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., PAPER Magazine, and the Walter De Maria Archives. Claire is currently managing LA-based artist Mike Nesbit and she specializes in PR, events, and graphic design for the studio.
For the past decade, Justin has been running business development for tech companies, including TNS Media Intelligence (acquired by WPP), Shopflick (acquired by Sugar, Inc.) and Marriage.com (sold in 2004). Most recently, Justin cofounded Paper and Fabric, an e-commerce company that features the work of artists on limited paper and fabric prints. He is also an advisor to and sits on the boards of several companies and nonprofits. Justin received a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Michael is the Managing Director of Civis Bureau, a fully integrated agency that provides cultural strategies and architects with customized creative services. His broader professional interest lies in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the creative economy and pushing forward cultural regeneration strategies that contribute to the continued and sustained growth of urban neighborhoods.
Romy Aura Maloon
Romy is a first-generation American, born of South African parents. Her artwork is an attempt to ingratiate and reconcile the disparate identities and geographic spaces of her upbringing and ancestral background. Working as a caterer and event coordinator, her material use is often associated with social events, décor crafting, and site-specific exploration. Romy’s artwork has been exhibited throughout Georgia, Florida, and New York, including Atlanta Contemporary. Romy studied Fine Arts at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She currently lives in Los Angeles and has grand plans to paint some big walls.
Mark is a professional auctioneer, founder and CEO of Bid27 Art Auctions, and a fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations worldwide. Bid27 is an art auction company dedicated to emerging artists and collectors providing a new and exciting platform to sell work. As an Emerging Leaders board member, Mark provides insight to collecting art for the burgeoning collectors who support Art Share L.A.
A sunny Los Angeles native, Lizette is a marketing manager skilled in graphic design, strategic social media, PR, and marketing. Lizette is actively involved with nonprofit organizations including Saint Vincent de Paul and Art Share L.A., where she sits on the marketing and PR committee supporting community and economic development. She is currently working with local businesses and business improvement districts on community initiatives in downtown Los Angeles. Follow her at @DTLAWanderer.