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Staff

Jill Gurr – Founder and CEO

Jill Gurr
Founder and CEO

Jill Gurr

Founder and CEO

Jill graduated from Boston University with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Film. She worked for many years in the film industry as a Script Supervisor on international productions with famous actors and directors. She’s also a screenwriter. Two of her scripts were produced (Rigged with George Kennedy and Socrates with Ed Asner) and several of her screenplays were optioned. Jill is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

She founded Create Now in 1996 and serves as the CEO. Jill was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°. She was one of eight people in the U.S. selected to be in an exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance called “Everyday Heroes.” She was chosen by the British Council to participate in their Global Xchange program in South Africa and Northern Ireland in 2010, where she shared best practices with 25 other leaders from six countries. Jill gives presentations to global diplomats through adjuncts of the U.S. State Department.

She received a standing ovation after giving a TEDx Talk in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2016. Jill published a comprehensive book, Mentor Youth Now: A Guidebook for Transforming Young Lives, which is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and through other retailers. She’s available as a consultant, trainer and a speaker. To learn more about Jill, visit www.jillgurr.com.

Email: jill@createnow.org.

Laura Kelly – Director of Programs

Laura Kelly
Director of Programs

Laura Kelly

Director of Programs

Laura Kelly began her professional career at UCLA and remained for many years as an editor, proofreader, and production coordinator, with a fervor for special events. During this period, she volunteered her professional skills toward peace in war-torn El Salvador. She worked full time at El Rescate, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provided legal and social services and human rights advocacy for the Central American community. She managed an award-winning youth program for the young people of the community and also produced many high-profile fundraising events.

Laura continued her career in event production for years at the Hollywood Bowl and other prestigious venues and remained committed to youth and the arts as a committee member for a youth music nonprofit. In 2010 she put her career on hold to serve in AmeriCorps as a VISTA with a mission to eliminate poverty in the United States. To her delight, she was assigned to Create Now to help in resource development. After serving a term as the VISTA Leader at the Office of the Mayor, City of Baltimore, she returned to Create Now as our Director of Programs.

Email: laura@createnow.org.

Jill Gurr – Founder and CEO

Lola Kate
Volunteer Coordinator

Lola Kate

Volunteer Coordinator

Lola is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently working in the tech industry. Lola has been volunteering with Create Now since earlier this year, assisting on our Marketing Committee and throughout the summer at our Power of the Arts Festival where she did an excellent job of organizing all the volunteers.

Lola is currently teaching a Create Now program at Angel’s Flight shelter where her “Expressive Arts” classes are very popular with youth who have been left homeless. She is deeply understanding and compassionate for the needs of the youth that Create Now serves. We appreciate her lovable personality and great organizational skills and are delighted to have Lola serving part-time as our Volunteer Coordinator.

Email: lola@createnow.org.