Staff

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Terry Ellsworth

The Ambassador

Terry Ellsworth

The Ambassador

Terry joined Art Share L.A. five years ago 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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Adrianne Toomey

Associate Director Operations and Special Projects

Adrianne Toomey

Associate Director Operations and Special Projects

Adrianne brings over a decade of experience in the non-profit arts and culture sector. Prior to joining Art Share, Adrianne was the Manager of Special Events at SFMOMA where she coordinated special artist projects and produced museum-wide events. After graduating from Eugene Lang College in New York City, she worked for several arts and non-profit cultural institutions including Fleisher Art Memorial, a nationally recognized community art school affiliated with The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Adrianne has worked producing community film festivals for The Philadelphia Film Society, and as an in-school artist-in-residence at The Philadelphia Print Center. She joined Art Share because she believes in organizations that are committed to supporting the creation of art by visual artists that reflect our lives, and think critically about the future we want to build for the Los Angeles community.

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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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Aldo Gutierrez

Loft Manager

Aldo Gutierrez

Loft Manager

Aldo Gutierrez was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He joined the Art Share LA community in March 2020 just as the pandemic hit Los Angeles. Aldo manages all things Lofts from the waitlist, leasing up, to any tenant matter that may arise. As an art patron, Aldo most looks forward to when the community can be welcomed back into our building.

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Stephanie Gordian

Marketing Coordinator

Stephanie Gordian

Marketing Coordinator

Stephanie Gordian is a recent college graduate from California State University Dominguez Hills where she got her B.A. in graphic design. She was born in Los Angeles and raised in Mexico. She joined Art Share LA as the Marketing Coordinator as part of the Public Allies program in November 2021. She believes in the intersection of social justice and the arts and the power it has to inspire communities and take action. She enjoys painting cats, whimsical creatures and learning new technologies.

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Teagan Kowitz

Exhibition and Program Assistant

Teagan Kowitz

Exhibition and Program Assistant

Teagan is a senior at California State University Northridge and working towards a B.A. in Recreation, Tourism Management. They joined the Art Share team in December 2021 as an Exhibition and Program Assistant and will be 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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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. 

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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Shana Nys Dambrot

Board Vice President

Shana Nys Dambrot

Board Vice President

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Whitehot Magazine, KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Fabrik, Art and Cake, Artillery, Palm Springs Life, Riot Material, West Hollywood Lifestyle, Jenkem, and Porter & Sail. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and exhibition catalogs, curates and juries a few exhibitions each year. SND is a dedicated Instagram photographer and author of experimental short fiction, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. Shea sits on the Boards of Art Share-LA and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and the Brain Trust of Some Serious Business.

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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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Dave Hunt

Dave Hunt

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. (Started July 2015)

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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.

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.