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Board Of Directors

Lauren DeVillier - Secretary, Head of Product Development, Digital Ventures, Discovery Networks International

Lauren DeVillier – Board Chair
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Struum

Lauren DeVillier – Board Chair

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Struum

Lauren is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Struum. As an award-winning senior executive in the digital media and entertainment industries, she has successfully led businesses for some of the world’s largest consumer brands including The Walt Disney Company and Microsoft. Lauren is recognized for driving innovation, including pioneering the new Direct-to-Consumer IPTV and SVOD business models that are now standard in the industry.

Backed by Michael Eisner’s venture firm, Tornante, Lauren co-founded Struum in February 2020. As CEO, Lauren  leads Struum, in their mission to help top tier aspirational streaming services and more specialized SVOD offerings optimize the reach of their programs and services, while providing an increasingly frustrated and underserved consumer base with a simple way to find programming and services they want easy access to are most likely to enjoy.

Prior to Struum, Lauren was the Head of Product at Discovery Ventures. She is an award-winning senior executive in the digital media and entertainment industries, Lauren worked for the Walt Disney Company, Discovery, Microsoft and Yahoo! With strong operational skills, and an expertise in content and product development, she launched market leading products across mobile, online and OTT platforms. Responsibilities include: P&L oversight, building and growing a deeply-engaged digital consumer audience with 60M+ app downloads over a three-year period along with spearheading a social media business with over 25M subscribers, and a top-tiered website presence.

Under Lauren’s leadership, the DATG Digital Media team delivered the highest grossing kids app in the Apple App Store for two years, and won multiple awards. As an executive at Yahoo!, she oversaw general business and the P&L of Yahoo! Kids. At Microsoft, Lauren led over 1,000 third-party National and International developers, content creators and vendors working on the Microsoft TV Foundation Edition platform to build proof of concept case for distribution reaching 5M TV subscribers.

Lauren is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and is an advisory board member to the Alliance for Women in Media.

Tracy Solomon Clark - Vice Chair, Development Executive

Independent Consultant at Solomon Clark & Associates

Tracy Solomon Clark – Vice Chair

Independent Consultant at Solomon Clark & Associates

Tracy Solomon Clark is a Development Executive with over twenty years of experience in all areas of fundraising in the Los Angeles, non-profit sector. Ms. Clark has led countless Capital Campaigns, Signature Event/Planning, Marketing, Advertisement, Public Relations, and Internal/External Communications.

Tracy’s experience includes executive management skills. (i.e. developing/executing new fundraising programs for organizations with budgets ranging from $300,000 to 25 million dollars, developing several comprehensive campaigns to raise awareness and secure funds for more than 100,000 people throughout the Los Angeles area).

She has managed fundraising programs for more than seven core programs for five satellite offices annually. Tracy has completed a Capital Campaign for 100 million dollars, resulting in the completion of two construction projects.

Tracy is a consultant for non-profit and for-profit businesses. Previously, she worked with the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles as the Director of Development. However, Tracy”s true passion is for children. She demonstrates that fervor by making sure that each child has what he/she needs to excel, and that Create Now is a continued step in the right direction for all children.

Cees Klumper Chief Audit & Compliance Officer of the International Medical Corps

Cees Klumper – Treasurer
Chief Audit & Compliance Officer,

International Medical Corps

Cees Klumper – Treasurer

Chief Audit & Compliance Officer, International Medical Corps

Cees Klumper lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He serves as the Chief Audit & Compliance Officer of the International Medical Corps, a not-for-profit organization that delivers emergency healthcare and related services to those affected by conflict, natural disaster and disease, in some of the most challenging countries in the world.

Before International Medical Corps, Cees held positions as Chief Risk Officer of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Managing Director of Internal Audit of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, both organizations headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Cees was also an audit and consulting partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, a Chief Financial Officer of a retail chain, and a Vice President of Internal Control at a global supermarket and food service company.

Cees has lived in The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Florida and now California. He is married to artist Anneke, and they have one son, Victor, who studies mechanical engineering at the University of California Irvine. Cees has extensive experience as a Board member of not-for-profit organizations in the arts, animal protection and other causes.

His hobbies include maintaining the boat that Anneke and he live on in Marina del Rey, tinkering with old cars and motorcycles, woodworking, bicycle riding and preparing sushi. Cees is also a Board member of Community Career Development Inc., another not-for-profit organization that operates in Los Angeles to, among other things, provide free employment services to 20,000+ adult and 500+ youth job seekers in the greater Los Angeles area each year.

Stephanie Mazepa

Natalie R. Brill

Natalie R. Brill

Natalie Brill retired from the City of Los Angeles in November 2020 after 33 years, where she was the Debt Manager for over 20 years. Ms. Brill managed a $6 billion debt portfolio, completing 108 transactions. Many of these programs included innovative re-financings producing millions of dollars in savings to the City’s taxpayers. Ms. Brill diversified the City’s pool of vendors, which created opportunities for women-owned and minority-owned firms and benefited the City through the opening of offices in Los Angeles. 

Ms. Brill received the California Public Service Association “Award in Excellence” for her work in public finance. The National Women in Public Finance awarded her the “She’s My Hero Award” for her ability to balance her professional and private lives. Ms. Brill was a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal Women Summit Award, recognizing her work as the City’s Debt Manager in saving taxpayers millions of dollars. In 2019, she received the Social Bond Award for the 2018 Housing Bond from Environmental Finance, and the Excellence in Disclosure award from the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. 

Ms. Brill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Pomona College and a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Ms. Brill lives in the City of Los Angeles with her husband and has two grown children.

In addition to Create Now, Natalie is currently serving on several non-profit boards, such as Women in Public Finance as National Secretary and National Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, on the Los Angeles Chapter Board as National Board Liaison, and on the Latino in Public Finance Board as Treasurer.

Stephanie Mazepa

Stephanie Mazepa
Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at TechStyle Fashion Group

Stephanie Mazepa

Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at TechStyle Fashion Group
Stephanie is a solutions-oriented strategic business partner, providing commercially focused, cost effective legal counsel to drive revenue and mitigate business risk for all functions and business teams. She’s a leader in providing efficient, decisive, collaborative and creative approaches to problem solving, plan implementation and litigation. An avid and strong negotiator in both conflict situations such as litigation and in collaborative commercial areas.
 
In her position at Techstyle Fashion Group, Stephanie works directly with General Counsel and the executive management team providing advice and legal analysis regarding all aspects of the corporation, including, but not limited to, labor and employment issues, supply chain management, advertising and marketing, commercial production and union issues, IP management, data security, executive immigration issues and compliance matters. She is responsible for managing all litigation and compliance matters as well as negotiating and drafting commercial agreements. 
Christopher Pitcher, CEO, V/A/MR Creator at Empact Labs

Christopher Pitcher
CEO & Co-Founder at The Canvas

Christopher Pitcher

CEO & Co-Founder at The Canvas

Christopher uses the cutting-edge of technology combined with immersive storytelling to create impact. He’s a Vision Realization Officer whose mission is to empower a world of freedom, abundance, and love through the blend of art, business, science, and personal development. Using emerging realities (V/A/MR) technology. He is a world traveler, designer, thinker, cinematographer, photographer, and complex problem solver.

After receiving a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College, Christopher knew that he wanted to integrate his ability to understand systems with his love for creativity. That’s when he found the dual Masters in Design at The Institute of Design (IIT) and an M.B.A. at the Stuart School of Business (IIT) and knew it was the perfect fit for what he wanted to learn and ultimately create in the world.

After completing his studies, Christopher traveled around the world for 15 months. He created a project (“The Priti Life”) to document how different cultures celebrated around the world as he traveled through 26 countries and 100+ cities. While in South Africa, he started “Footprints,” which is the first global VR show that tells powerful stories with beautiful visuals in a compelling and relatable way. Upon returning to the United States, Christopher established the Sights and Sounds Media House with some of his fellow creatives, and has since evolved into The Canvas where he uses his expertise to empower a future we want to live into.

Brandon Dean Johnson - Board Chair

Brandon Dean Johnson
Founder and CEO at Bigfooters

Brandon Dean Johnson

Founder and CEO at Bigfooters

Brandon Dean Johnson, (“BigFoot”) is a native of North Carolina. He studied Graphic Design and Fine Arts at Elizabeth City State University where his involvement included joining the University’s football team and becoming a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Soon after college, Brandon lived and traveled throughout Europe where he showcased his knowledge and skills in Art and Design while immersing himself in other cultures and languages, further expanding his appreciation for people and Fine Arts. He volunteered to teach and inspire kids through visual arts across the globe. After years of living abroad, Brandon moved to Los Angeles to delve even deeper into the world of entertainment.

Brandon was offered a job with Zac Levi and David Coleman’s Nerd HQ where he was titled Art Director and Production Coordinator for the company. Because of his hard work and dedication, he was later recognized and picked up by Pure Imagination Studios. He is now the Creator, Director and Producer at Bigfooters, a production company he founded that produces high-quality content like action films, animation and TV programs for all major platforms. He landed some of his first projects with a notable studio in Los Angeles. With such an explosive start to his career, there’s no slowing down for this NC native.

In spite of his busy schedule, Brandon has been volunteering to teach visual arts to the children that Create Now serves since 2014. The kids adore him, and we’re incredibly grateful to have him on our team.