Sarah Adolphson heads the WME Foundation, whose mission is to improve arts and education for underserved youth in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and London. Adolphson applies her expertise in the overlapping fields of philanthropy and entertainment to help clients maximize their impact on the community, and has created a series of programs to support capacity-building within WME client foundations.
Adolphson received her BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. After working in television production for a year, Adolphson went on to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Following her service, Adolphson returned to Los Angeles to work in the commercials and marketing department at The Gersh Agency. She joined Endeavor in 2007 to help run the agency’s foundation.
Adolphson serves on the Board of Directors of The Art of Elysium and the Imagination Foundation. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Artists & Athletes Alliance. Adolphson is a currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at USC and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three rescue dogs.
Scott Curran serves as senior legal adviser to the Clinton Foundation, having previously served as its general counsel. Scott provides strategic counsel to the Foundation’s senior leadership regarding the organization’s operations, partnerships, and programs. Scott recently completed a five-year term as a board member, and continues to serve as counsel to, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The Alliance, founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States. Scott received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in speech communications, a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Masters in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, where he was a member of the inaugural class.
Stephanie A. Gallo is Vice President of Marketing for E. & J. Gallo Winery of Modesto, California. The winery, co-founded by her grandfather Ernest and great uncle Julio over 80 years ago, is the largest family-owned winery in the world, exporting wine and spirits to 90 countries. Stephanie leads the company in its worldwide marketing efforts for several prominent brands, including Barefoot and Gallo Family Vineyards. The brands she manages are consistently recognized for outstanding success, including Beverage Information Group’s Fast Track Growth Brand Award and Market Watch Magazine’s Hot Brand Award. Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Notre Dame and obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg GraduateSchool of Management. She lives in her hometown of Modesto with her husband Chris Tyler and their two children.
Ben Goldhirsh is the co-founder and CEO of GOOD, a global community of, by, and for pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress. Outside of GOOD, Ben is the Chairman of The Goldhirsh Foundation, an organization built to help social innovators implement and scale solutions to critical societal challenges. A co-founder and board member of City Year Los Angeles, Goldhirsh graduated from Brown University and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Mike is the founding President and Executive Director of the Imagination Foundation. His bio is available on The Team page.
Nirvan is an LA based filmmaker, creative consultant, speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of the Imagination Foundation. Nirvan began teaching himself animation while studying philosophy at New College. He went on to earn an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts. Nirvan’s animated short films have screened in festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. In 2001, Nirvan began an ongoing collaborative experiment called The 1 Second Film, which became among the first crowdfunded films. In 2012, Nirvan directed Caine’s Arcade, an 11-minute short film that became a viral phenomenon, receiving over 8 million views and sparking a global movement of cardboard creativity in kids around the world. Nirvan has received the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award and the Innovation in Action award. Nirvan is a partner at Interconnected, consults with companies and non-profits, serves on the board of CicLAvia, and tries to keep up with his garden and email.
Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and CEO of Getting Smart, a learning advocacy firm. Tom is also a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture firm. Previously he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and was the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. Tom is Treasurer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), chair of Charter Board Partners, and serves on several other boards.