Board of Directors

Tara Tiger BrownChairperson, Chief Encouragement Officer: Tara Tiger Brown - Technical Director, Connected Learning Alliance and Technical Director, Digital Media Learning Research Hub at UC Irvine

http://www.linkedin.com/in/taralbrown || http://taratigerbrown.com || @tara 

Tara Tiger Brown is co-founder of LA Makerspace and Represent.la to help connect and promote the Los Angeles tech startup community. She currently serves as Technology Director for the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub and Connected Learning Alliance. Brown has held every job title available in the software industry at numerous institutions and companies including USC, UC Irvine, Shazam, Topspin, and Microsoft. She has been known to blog on Forbes and was recently named a Los Angeles "Power Mom.".

She has been an Artist-in-Residence at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Austria and the first Hacker-in-Residence at SparkFun in Boulder, CO.

Tara's speaking engagements include LA Tech Summit, DIY Days, CASH Music Summit, Silicon Beach Fest, Imagination Foundation Educator Salon, Rhizome, init(together), General Assembly, SXSW, OSCON, Mozilla Fest, Fun Conf, Farmhouse Conf 2/3/4, BUFF Film Festival, Hollywood 3.0 Forum, Transmedia Hollywood 3, BarCampLA, BarCampSeattle.


 

BHS_photo.jpg Dir. of Education: Becky Herr-Stephenson - Ph.D., Researcher, Writer, & Editor http://www.linkedin.com/pub/becky-herr-stephenson/a/6ba/205 | @teachingharry

Becky is a researcher in the area of media and learning. She is a co-author (with Catherine Belcher) of Teaching Harry Potter: The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.)  Becky contributed to the book that the LA Makerspace is referencing in the design of its new space: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out.

Becky earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 2008. She has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine, a research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and a research associate at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC. Currently, Becky works in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, where she manages an online journal and teaches courses on qualitative research methods. 


 

jeffgeoffray.jpgJeff Geoffray - Managing Director, Versa Media Capital
www.blueriderpictures.com

Jeff Geoffray is a motion picture producer and executive with a deep knowledge of all facets of filmmaking, including financing, development, production, special effects, post-production and distribution. His passions include his family, his birthplace (Louisiana), music and “the business” of storytelling. He is one of the founders of Blue Rider Pictures, one of Hollywood’s most prolific, long established, film production companies.

Jeff is also a musician whose single, Bring Me Rain, from his album First Barbecue reached #14 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. His day job has kept him promoting his second album, Brand New Day.

 

 


 

1023184-youtube-s-malik-ducard-keynote-2015-kidscreen-summit.jpgMalik Ducard, Global Head of Family and Learning, YouTube

Malik Ducard oversees business development efforts for YouTube’s family entertainment and educational content.

Previously Ducard served as Head of West Coast Partnerships, managing film, TV and original content partners.

Prior to joining YouTube, he served as senior vice president of digital distribution for the Americas at Paramount Pictures and oversaw distribution of content to online, mobile and digital platforms.

A native of the Bronx, Malik earned his B.A. degree from Columbia University and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

 


 

18578225_SA.jpgTshaka Armstrong - Fox11 Tech Correspondent and Founder, Digital Shepherds

Tshaka Armstong is also known as myfoxla.com's Tech Ninja. Technologist and reporter, he helps visitors understand how to be safer, smarter users of the internet and their "gadgets."

He is active in the community, offline, as the co-founder and President of the non-profit organization, Digital Shepherds whose mission is to "help families cross the digital divide" by helping parents, children and educators navigate the best that the world of technology has to offer while equipping them to appropriately handle the worst.

 

 

 


 

linda.jpgLinda Bidrossian - Business Strategist and Change Management Consultant, formerly Bixel Exchange

Linda is a specialist in public private partnerships driving solutions to market in fields as diverse as management consulting, international development, state and local government, including non-profits. She currently works with the City of Los Angeles as a small and medium sized business development expert.

Linda started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and went on to serve as Director of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce's Bixel Exchange. A panelist and speaker, Linda has given over 100 presentations across corporate, non-profit, innovation, and financial verticals.

 

 


 

allen.jpgAllen Hurff - Technical Advisor, formerly Zuma, Science, MySpace

Allen is an entrepreneur with deep and prescient technical wisdom. He is obsessed with user-centered design, Dieter Rams, Ray & Charles Eames, Elbert Hubbard, Roycroft, Dard Hunter, the Venice Renaissance, Arts & Craft, vintage books, and typeset printing, especially William & Morris.

Joined MySpace early-2005 (pre-NewsCorp). As SVP of Engineering, he built and managed a 400+ staff comprising of the Engineering, Project Management, Creative Services, and Quality Assurance located in Atlanta, Australia, Beijing, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, South Korea, and Tokyo.

Allen Hurff is also the former Chairman of the Board for the OpenSocial Foundation. He and his team worked closely with their OpenSocial partners such as Google, Yahoo, AOL, Mixi, Hi5, and over 23 others.

- See more at: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/allen-hurff#sthash.J4VlEJuy.dpuf

Joined MySpace early-2005 (pre-NewsCorp). As SVP of Engineering, he built and managed a 400+ staff comprising of the Engineering, Project Management, Creative Services, and Quality Assurance located in Atlanta, Australia, Beijing, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, South Korea, and Tokyo.

Allen Hurff is also the former Chairman of the Board for the OpenSocial Foundation. He and his team worked closely with their OpenSocial partners such as Google, Yahoo, AOL, Mixi, Hi5, and over 23 others.

- See more at: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/allen-hurff#sthash.J4VlEJuy.dpuf

Joined MySpace early-2005 (pre-NewsCorp). As SVP of Engineering, he built and managed a 400+ staff comprising of the Engineering, Project Management, Creative Services, and Quality Assurance located in Atlanta, Australia, Beijing, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, South Korea, and Tokyo.

Allen Hurff is also the former Chairman of the Board for the OpenSocial Foundation. He and his team worked closely with their OpenSocial partners such as Google, Yahoo, AOL, Mixi, Hi5, and over 23 others.

- See more at: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/allen-hurff#sthash.J4VlEJuy.dpuf

Allen joined MySpace early-2005 (pre-NewsCorp.) As SVP of Engineering, he built and managed Engineering, Project Management, Creative Services, and Quality Assurance teams located in Atlanta, Australia, Beijing, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, South Korea, and Tokyo.

He is also the past Chairman of the Board for the OpenSocial Foundation and co-founded Zuma Ventures with David Carter.
 

 


Board Members Emeritus

We appreciate the support and dedication from the following board members:

Teresa Gonczy

Michael Wilson

Michelle Leonhart

Sharon Ann Lee

Kent Nichols

Magalis Martinez

Cecilie Read

Levi Simons

Richard Tom

Bill Lay

Scott David Edwards

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