Staff

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Beth Stryker

Executive Director

Beth Stryker

Executive Director

Beth Stryker is the Interim Executive Director of Art Share LA. Beth is Co-founder of CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research) a platform for urban research, architecture, art, and design initiatives based in Downtown Cairo. CLUSTER has received critical recognition for its work, including a Curry Stone Design Prize (2017), and inclusion in the Egyptian National Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2016, 2018). Stryker has curated exhibitions and programs for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo, Beirut Art Center, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, the AIA/Center for Architecture in New York (where she held the position of Director of Programs), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among other venues. Stryker is the Executive Director of ArteEast, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary arts of the Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA) region in the United States.Stryker received her B.A. from Columbia University, and her M.Arch from Princeton University.

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Morgan Barajas

Performing Arts & Facilities Manager

Morgan Barajas

Performing Arts & Facilities Manager

A working visual artist, musician, and filmmaker, Morgan Barajas is the acting Performing Arts & Facilities Manager at Art Share LA. Acting as a liaison between Art Share and event organizers around Los Angeles, he works to bring artists of all mediums to the Art Share stage and to celebrate the diverse talents in the city. Born in Whittier, CA, and raised on the cusps of the city, Morgan has worked in and near Los Angeles his whole life and feels a deep connection with the complex city. After completing his studies for a BA in Cinematic Arts at Azusa Pacific University, he ran a music video business in LA for three years before transitioning to the art world and independent filmmaking. As a member of Art Share, he is proud to serve the creative community and help keep art alive in the Arts District of Los Angeles.

 

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Baha H Danesh

Visual Arts Manager

Baha H Danesh

Visual Arts Manager

Baha H. Danesh is a multidisciplinary Irannian artist, lifestyle documentary photographer and modern art curator who grew up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Being so close to the entertainment and business capital of L.A. Baha got involved with L.A.’s underground art community and founded the We Choose Art Community in 2005. Today she focuses on boosting underrepresented artists by presenting them with platforms to further promote their artistic endeavors. 

Since 2009 Baha has worked and developed programming for the Geffen Synergy program, Curated art exhibits for the Ricardo Montalban Foundation and is a current board member for the Brewery Artwalk Association. 

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Teagan Kowitz

Exhibitions, Programs and Special Projects Associate

Teagan Kowitz

Exhibitions, Programs and Special Projects Associate

Teagan is a recent graduate from California State University Northridge with a B.A. in Recreation, Tourism Management. They joined the Art Share team in December 2021 as an Exhibition and Program Assistant and are assisting with events and gallery exhibitions. As the youngest in a family of artists, they are excited to help emerging artists share their passion with the community.

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Terry Ellsworth

The Ambassador

Terry Ellsworth

The Ambassador

Terry joined Art Share L.A. in 2012 when it was rebuilding itself from the ashes administratively, financially, and physically. As a long-time Arts District resident and community staple, he brought decades of extensive art experience to the organization and saw the building’s incredible potential in revitalizing the Arts District. Today, he is proud to see Art Share L.A. living up to its mission, and can be found walking the hallways of the building sharing his stories or hanging up artwork for gallery shows. If you have any questions about the Arts District and all its glory, he’s the person to ask.

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Ree Magaña

Marketing Coordinator

Ree Magaña

Marketing Coordinator

Ree Magaña is a second-generation Mexican-American artist, photographer, and marketing professional born and raised in Los Angeles County. They were a part of the second graduating class of California School of the Arts-SGV and studied Marketing at Portland State University’s Honors College before transferring to Mt. San Antonio College to study Film, TV, and Electronic Media. Ree has a passion for making arts and education accessible to marginalized groups; founding CSArts’ Cultural Alliance group, creating a Thrift/Donate Center to aid unhoused individuals, promoting attainable career resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students at PSU’s Career Center, aiding professors with online teaching accessibility at Lumen Learning, working with community outreach at Center Theatre Group, and more. They currently specialize in photographing BIPOC and LGBT youth. 

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Wayne Hoggatt

Events Assistant

Wayne Hoggatt

Events Assistant

Wayne Hoggatt is a multi-talented musician/composer, percussionist, recording engineer, videographer, and entrepreneur. He has worked in the arts and entertainment world since the 70s and is happy to contribute his gifts at Art Share L.A.

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Janai Valentine

Programs and Exhibitions Assistant

Janai Valentine

Programs and Exhibitions Assistant

Janai Valentine is a conscious artist, writer, and performer based in LA byway of Maryland. She matriculated from Towson University, where she studied Mass Communications and Electronic Media & Film. At the age of 27, Janai self-published her debut art book and began serving as the CEO and Lead Designer of CCSpacez Design Studio, a studio that houses interdisciplinary design projects and publications that pertain to conscious, liberal art, and social advocacy. She believes that any form of art and design has the power to liberate through artistically imparting knowledge and wisdom, as she has experienced it herself.

Board of Directors

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Eddie Navarrette

Board Member, President

Eddie Navarrette

Board Member, President

Eddie uses his extensive knowledge of the Planning, Building, and Health codes to develop overall project design and strategy for his clients’ projects. He oversees each phase of every project to ensure the level of professionalism and customer service that his clients have come to expect. In addition, Eddie is FE Design’s chief representative at all public hearings and he often meets with Senior City staff to discuss his projects or the overall direction of the municipal code. Because of his knowledge of the industry, Eddie has been featured or quoted in several news stories and articles regarding hospitality permitting in the City of Los Angeles. Since he started FE Design in 2003, Eddie has helped over 500 businesses research their properties and secure Planning Variances and Conditional Uses, Building Permits, Health Permits, Revocable Permits, Industrial Waste Permits, Special Event Permits, Alcoholic Beverage Control Licenses, and Police Permits for Dance Halls and Live Entertainment.

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Mike Kelley

Board Secretary

Mike Kelley

Board Secretary

Mike Kelley is a Designer/Art Director with 20 years experience working on campaigns for numerous fortune 500 companies. He’s been involved professionally in the contemporary art world for 15 years as a gallery owner, curator and cultural producer. In 2004 he launched Junc Gallery, that quickly established itself as being a launching pad for noteworthy artists early in their careers. In addition Mike has experience volunteering in the arts non-profit sector, working as a coordinator for exhibitions and events with galleries and museums locally and across the U.S. Mike also teaches design and professional development classes including “Gallery Practices” “designed to help artists navigate the career minefield of exhibiting artists” at the Art center College of Design. Mike earned his BA in Fine Art at the Center College of Design.

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Eric Needleman

Board Treasurer

Eric Needleman

Board Treasurer

Eric is a principal at The Spirited Group, a hospitality company that owns and operates venues throughout the Western US. Based in Los Angeles, the company currently has 20 locations throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, CA and Austin, TX.

Eric began in the hospitality industry in 2004, with his investment in the Golden Gopher. He then partnered to open Seven Grand, a bar that is largely credited with establishing the cocktail renaissance in Los Angeles, and Caña Rum Bar, which specializes in small batch rum and classic rum cocktails.

Prior to his career in hospitality, Eric was in commercial real estate. He was the asset manager of a 400,000 square foot portfolio of retail shopping centers and participated as a principal in the close of $100 million+ of commercial property transactions. Eric began in real estate with Gilmore Associates as the project manager for the Old Bank District redevelopment, the pioneering adaptive reuse project in Downtown Los Angeles.

Eric is on the Board of Directors of the LA Conservancy and Art Share LA. Eric graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Finance.

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Alex Poli "Man One"

Alex Poli "Man One"

Man One is an LA native, multi-award-winning artist, illustrator, curator, entrepreneur, and prolific muralist. He has worked with the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the Mexican Consulate in the U.S., and received a Speaker and Specialist Grant by the U.S. State Department to work with the U.S. Embassy in Panama. His work is recognized internationally, exhibited in the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Pasadena Museum of California, LACMA, Pacific Asia Museum, and Parco Museum in Tokyo. His work is in collections at the Getty Research Institute and the Smithsonian Institute as well.  He has exhibited extensively across the U.S., Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, and Switzerland. He also founded Crewest Gallery in 2002, Los Angeles’ first full-time graffiti art gallery which later helped shape the Downtown LA art scene as a member of Gallery Row and the infamous DTLA Artwalk.

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Ashaki M. Jackson Ph.D.

Ashaki M. Jackson Ph.D.

Dr. Ashaki M. Jackson, a Cave Canem and VONA alumna, is the author of two chapter-length collections — SURVEILLANCE (Writ Large Press, 2016) and LANGUAGE LESSON (Miel, 2016). Currently an Executive Editor at The Offing, she served on the VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Board and mentored for both the PEN USA Emerging Voices program and WriteGirl. Jackson, along with Alyss Dixson and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, also co-founded Women Who Submit, a national community that supports women and nonbinary writers in submitting their literary works to top tier publications. Readers may find her poetry and essays in Obsidian, 7×7 LA, CURA, Prairie Schooner, Midnight Breakfast, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Bettering American Poetry, among other publications. She earned her MFA (poetry) from Antioch University Los Angeles and her doctorate (social psychology) from Claremont Graduate University. 

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Susan Chivaratanond

Susan Chivaratanond

Susan is a native Angelena and urban planner, with over 20 years working within the land use arena in California.  She is currently the Senior Manager of Land Use and Entitlements at Mayer Brown LLP.  Her wide range of expertise and educational background spans the gamut of planning, policy, and design of complex projects within the public and private sectors. Some of the more notable projects include implementation of Playa Vista, planning and entitlements for Newhall Ranch and Universal Studios Master Plan, conceptual planning and funding for the Downtown LA Streetcar, and the redesign and funding for the Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Metro Station.  Susan is also a student of the healing arts and has received certifications as an Ayurveda wellness counselor and yoga teacher.  She received her Master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley and BA in Anthropology and Policy Studies from UCLA.  Susan is passionate about creating healthy living spaces with arts as an integral component.

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Matthew Cuban Hernandez

Matthew Cuban Hernandez

Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez is a poet, speaker, and performance coach from Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured as far as Abu Dhabi and nearly every major city in the United States and Europe, performing, teaching and coaching poetry. Matthew is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement (S.L.A.M.) – an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. A 2018 Four Corners Fellow and a teaching artist for nearly ten years, Matthew has spent the last four years working in youth detention centers across Los Angeles County. He has opened for artists such as Wu-Tang and performed for platforms such as BuzzFeed and NPR. Matthew is also a three time Southern Fried poetry slam champion and an award-winning poetry coach. Cuban’s favorite activity is making people feel great; sometimes he does this through poetry.

Annual Donors

Art Share gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and public agencies that support our exhibitions, programs, and operations. 

Sincere thanks to all Art Share Members, whose support is crucial to our mission and program.