Advisory Board

Glenn Edgerton

Glenn Edgerton

Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He began his dancing career at The Joffrey Ballet where, mentored by Robert Joffrey, he performed leading roles in the company’s contemporary and classical repertoire for 11 years. In 1989, Edgerton joined the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater, and after dancing for five years retired from performing to become artistic director of the main company, leading NDT1 for a decade and presenting the works of Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Johan Ingar, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, among others.From 2006 to 2008, he directed the Colburn Dance Institute at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Edgerton joined Hubbard Street as associate artistic director in 2008; since 2009 as artistic director, he has built upon more than three decades of leadership in dance performance, education and appreciation established by founder Lou Conte and continued by Conte’s successor, Jim Vincent.

Jane Jelenko

Jane Jelenko

Was the first woman partner in the consulting arm of KPMG, the international professional services firm, where she served for twenty-five years. After retiring from the firm in 2003, Jane found herself in the process of Changing Lanes which is the title of the book she co-authored on the topic. Along with photographer Barbara Mack, she wrote Portraits in Black and White: Holocaust Survivors of Café Europa, published by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and presented in an exhibit at the museum. Ms. Jelenko has also published several articles on dance and continues to blog on the subject of living a meaningful life at www.aguidetochanginglanes.com.

She serves on several corporate and community boards including SunAmerica Funds, Cathay Bank, BODYTRAFFIC, The Dizzy Feet Foundation, and the Gabriella Education Foundation. She is the founding president and a board member of Center Dance Arts, the founding support organization for Dance at the Music Center.

Ms. Jelenko graduated cum laude in Mathematics from Barnard College in 1970 and earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Southern California in 1977. She is a writer, weekly Torah student, wife, mother, step-mom and step-grandmother, constantly striving to compose a life of balance and fulfillment.

Glorya Kaufman

Glorya Kaufman

Philanthropist Glorya Kaufman began her love for dance standing on her father’s toes before she could walk. This love affair, along with the family’s tradition of giving, has translated into her twin passions for dance and care for the disadvantaged.

Glorya Kaufman had a lifelong love for and involvement with dance. Through her experience over the years, she discovered and appreciates the enormous potential of dance to heal the body, mind and spirit of people, and recognizes the universal appeal of dance and its ability to cross socio-cultural boundaries that often separate people and bring them together, as well as facilitating their ability to communicate with one another.

The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation is a private foundation that provides funding and support to non-profit organizations in the United States. Philanthropist Glorya Kaufman has funded a broad spectrum of projects ranging from pediatric mobile eye care to the Glorya Kaufman Hall at UCLA the core of her giving being programs and facilities that directly affect at risk children.

In 2008 the Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation was established, deeply seated in Glorya Kaufman’s love for dance and her belief that dance is a tool that is restorative to the mind, body and spirit of people. The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation is participating in many community projects, among them:

Providing dance teachers for perpetuity to an art school in South Central called “Inner City Arts”.

Creating a dance facility at the Mar-Vista Hispanic Family. Center Exposing 28,000 students and 230 schools to live dance performances at the Los Angeles Music Center

Giving rise to a dancing studio at the New York Julliard School Bringing the best dancing performers in the world to the “GK presents” at the Los Angeles Music Center.

In 2012, founding the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California

 

Glorya Kaufman’s generosity will ensure that future generations will be able to experience the joy of dancing and also seeks to extend a dancer’s career by focusing on wellness. Dance is being recognized as a tool to support health programs for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and many forms of psychological and emotional ailments. The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation is supporting that effort with programs such as Creating Health through Movement at City of Hope.

Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch

Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch

(Liz) spearheads the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation’s venture philanthropy program and serves as Board Chair of Levitt Pavilions, a national nonprofit that empowers communities by transforming neglected public spaces into welcoming music destinations where all feel welcome. Liz travels throughout the country to bring the message of Levitt to national recognition. She is best known for her ability to connect and inspire like-minded people and for directing her life-long passion for the performing arts into a source for social change that strengthens communities.

Beyond Levitt Pavilions, Liz has a long and distinguished history of hands-on involvement with charitable organizations, serving on numerous nonprofit boards and supporting organizations that foster social justice and access to the arts. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1974, the native New Yorker has served on the boards of The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Camera West and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Liz currently serves on the boards of Center Dance Arts (Founding Board Member) and Hollywood Arts (Founding Board Member). On behalf of each of these organizations, Liz has hosted and chaired galas and provided strategic direction to ensure the long-term viability of each.

Some of Liz’s recognitions include: 2013 Honorary Citizen Award from the City of Memphis; 2013 recipient of the Ruby McKnight Williams Award from the NAACP (Pasadena chapter); 2012 Finalist for the Vanguard Award presented by the Western Arts Alliance; 2011 Guest of Honor at The Joyce benefit in New York City; 2011 Guest of Honor at the Empowering HeARTS benefit for Single Mothers Outreach; 2009 finalist for the Philanthropist of the Year by Association of Fundraising Professionals, Los Angeles; 2008 Philanthropy Award from the Gabrielle Axelrad Foundation; and 2003 Certificate of Commendation from California State Assembly/Carol Liu.

 

 

E. Randol Schoenberg

E. Randol Schoenberg

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Chief Operating Officer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, is responsible for the artistic oversight and coordination of the orchestra’s programming, as well as the organization’s production, orchestra operations, media, and educational initiatives.  Working closely with Music Directors Esa-Pekka Salonen and now Gustavo Dudamel, Smith’s tenure with the orchestra has been defined by ground-breaking artistic initiatives, including the launch of new orchestral series, major multi-disciplinary projects, dozens of festivals, and an unparalleled commitment to composers and the music of today. He has also overseen the launch of many of the organization’s defining educational programs, including YOLA, a program which has provided daily after-school music training to thousands of children in several of LA’s most underserved communities.

Smith first joined the LA Phil in 2002, where he was responsible for planning the orchestra’s Green Umbrella new music series, as well as its classical programming at the Hollywood Bowl.  After briefly serving as the New York Philharmonic’s head artistic planner, in 2006 he returned to the LA Phil in the expanded role of Vice-President of Artistic Planning, a position he held until being named COO in 2015.

Smith began his career in 2000 at the New World Symphony, working closely with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.  He currently serves on the advisory board of the Music Academy of the West and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Avery Fisher Artist Program. A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he earned a B.A. in European history from Tufts University, as well as B.M. and M.M. degrees in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory.

Renae Williams Niles

Renae Williams Niles

Vice President of Programming for The Music Center, one of the three largest performing arts centers in the US. In her current role she oversees all programmatic areas including a dance series, DIY/participatory initiatives and family programs.  Prior to The Music Center, Niles was the Director of Grant Programs for the L.A. County Arts Commission and also served on the artist review panel for the Ford Amphitheatre; Company Manager of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Special Projects/Marketing Manager with Grand Performances.  She currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Western Arts Alliance Board of Directors, a regional organization that supports touring and presenting in the West. Niles is also serving on the Board of Advisors for the University of Southern California’s (USC) Kaufman School of Dance and in 2014 was named a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. She is presently on advisory board for the Dizzy Feet Foundation.  She previously served on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees, the national service organization supporting professional dance. Niles has been a grant review panelist for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, MAP Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists among others.