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.
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.
Nina works at the intersection of art and business. She founded one of the top global naming agencies, The Naming Group, which has been the birthplace of recognizable names such as the Capital One Venture Card, the Chevy Sonic, and Dovetail. Constantly inspired by the colors and geometry of Los Angeles, she is also a practicing artist in mixed media.
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.
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. In addition to serving on the E.L. Group as President, he holds a position on Art Share L.A.’s board of directors.
Emmanuel is the market and development partner at Industry Partners, a commercial brokerage focusing on creative office space and urban retail. 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. He is a graduate of UCLA’s Urban Planning graduate program and lives in Chinatown with his wife Samantha.
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, OLGASA, 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.