Board

Board Members

Devorah Moos Hankin

Board Chair

Devorah is a film and television producer. A UCLA graduate, she began her career with Film Producer, Bruce Gilbert (Coming Home, China…

Devorah is a film and television producer. A UCLA graduate, she began her career with Film Producer, Bruce Gilbert (Coming Home, China Syndrome) where she was attracted to the idea that movies could evoke social change. She served as Vice President of Production at Imagine Entertainment (Ron Howard, Brian Grazer) and Associate Produced the My Girl films. Devorah went on to helm Barry Kemp’s Bungalow 78 Productions (Coach, Newhart) and Co-produced award-winning feature films including Patch Adams and Catch Me If You Can. Most recently, Devorah was Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures Television. Devorah is a non-profit leader who provided professional consulting services to many agencies and served as CEO of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation.

Arleen Sorkin

Board Member

Arleen Sorkin has enjoyed a career as an actress, television host, writer and producer. Sorkin co-wrote the feature film Picture Perfect,…

Arleen Sorkin has enjoyed a career as an actress, television host, writer and producer. Sorkin co-wrote the feature film Picture Perfect, starring Jennifer Aniston and co-created and co-executive produced the NBC sitcom Fired Up, starring Leah Remini and Sharon Lawrence. Sorkin has co-produced two comedy specials for HBO, one starring Paul Reiser and the other starring Carrie Fisher, Lauren Hutton, Griffin Dunne, and herself. Sorkin produced the documentary feature film Bhutto, which premiered at Sundance in 2010. She also co-produced the off-Broadway play RFK, which won the Outer Circle Award. While she now focuses on writing and producing, Sorkin still makes the occasional guest appearance as an actress and continues to provide the voice of “Harley Quinn,” one of the most popular villainesses in the DC Comics universe.
As a writer, Sorkin has several feature and television projects in various stages of development. Her proudest achievement is that she helped her retired dentist father realize his lifelong dream of selling an idea in Hollywood. At 86, he received a co-producer credit on the Emmy-award winning HBO movie Something the Lord Made.
Arleen also serves on the board of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and supports many non-profit organizations.

Cornelia Emerson

Board Member

Cornelia Emerson has spent her career in arts, cultural heritage and higher education institutions in Southern California, with seventeen…

Cornelia Emerson has spent her career in arts, cultural heritage and higher education institutions in Southern California, with seventeen years as Development Officer at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. There she developed scores of successful grant proposals to federal agencies such as NEA, NEH, IMLS, the National Park Service (Save America’s Treasures) and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as the California Arts Council and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She researched and wrote numerous proposals to private donors and foundations including the Academy (of
Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. In 2009, Gregory Lukow, Chief of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress, called her “one of the leading development officers within the U.S. film archive community for the past two decades.”
Since 2010, Cornelia has acted as a part-time development director for the Musical Theatre Guild, and was concurrently Founding Chair of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department at the New York Film Academy (Universal City campus) from 2011-12. She consults on strategic planning and fund development for arts, cultural heritage and higher education organizations. She organized and moderated the panel, Moving Images in the Museum Context, at the California Association of Museums Conference in 2011, and presented on funding development topics at professional conferences of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Society of California Archivists.
Earlier in her career, Cornelia was the Associate Dean at Otis College of Art and Design, a Development Writer at California Institute of Technology and Director of Publications at Art Center College of Design. She holds B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English literature from Yale University, and studied organizational development at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Courtney Graham

Board Secretary / Co-Founder / Producing Director

Courtney Graham has been working as a producer and strategist in the commercial, broadcast and theatrical world for more than a decade. She…

Courtney Graham has been working as a producer and strategist in the commercial, broadcast and theatrical world for more than a decade. She began her career with the prestigious visual storytelling firm Imaginary Forces where she produced Emmy nominated television titles and a wide range of broadcast packages and commercials. She currently works with the NFL Network, focusing on long-term design and technical projects that involve collaborating with multiple departments. Her co-founding work as Look What SHE Did!’s producing director has allowed her to experiment with production methodologies in pursuit of maintaining a professional level of quality without traditional resources or budgets.

Farrel Levy

Board Member / Co-Founder / Lead Editor

Farrel Levy was trained as an artist at Cooper Union. She has made a career as a film and television editor with credits including: Dirty…

Farrel Levy was trained as an artist at Cooper Union. She has made a career as a film and television editor with credits including: Dirty Dancing, NYPD Blue, Primal Fear, Damages and Nashville. She has also been a television director and taught editing at The American Film Institute for over 20 years. She is a member of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild, the Director’s Guild and the American Cinema Editors, an honorary society of film editors. She is the mother of two daughters who never cease to make her proud.

Janna Bodek Harris

Board Member

Janna Bodek Harris served on the board of the Ebell of Los Angeles, an historic women’s philanthropic, cultural and educational club that…

Janna Bodek Harris served on the board of the Ebell of Los Angeles, an historic women’s philanthropic, cultural and educational club that gives college scholarships to men and women and grants funding to non-profits that help women and their children. During her eight years on the board, (first as Director of Programs for four years and then on the Executive Board for four years) she played an instrumental role in: broadening and increasing programming; creating a social service department with hands-on projects to serve the non-profits that the Ebell funds; bringing in many new (and younger) members; developing a strategic plan; establishing a 501©3 Ebell Friends nonprofit; and embarking on a 125th Anniversary fundraising Campaign. She was a stay-at home mother of two, served on the boards of or volunteered for numerous organizations and schools including The Children’s Nature Institute, The Friends of the Academy of Music (at Hamilton High School) and Wilshire Blvd. Temple. She has a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Julie Hébert

Board Member / Founder / Executive Director

Julie Hébert is an award-winning writer/director of theater, film and television. She has written and directed plays for some of America’s…

Julie Hébert is an award-winning writer/director of theater, film and television. She has written and directed plays for some of America’s most daring theaters, including Steppenwolf, The Magic and LaMaMa, winning the PEN Award for Drama twice. She wrote the films Ruby’s Bucket of Blood (Angela Bassett) and Female Perversions (Tilda Swinton), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Additionally, she has written and directed for some of the most respected shows on television including Man in the High Castle, American Crime, The Good Wife, Numb3rs, ER and The West Wing. In 2002 she was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for co-directing a 9/11 documentary, In Their Own Words.

Julie Sgarzi

Board Member

Julie has a background in public policy and strategic planning in both the public and private sectors, formerly serving as Director of…

Julie has a background in public policy and strategic planning in both the public and private sectors, formerly serving as Director of Research and Policy Analysis for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, and as Senior Vice-President for a Lockheed Martin subsidiary providing state and local government services. Julie is a former Commissioner for the LA City Cultural Affairs Commission. She also holds a doctorate in Depth Psychology and lectures on contemporary issues from a Jungian perspective. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and mid-coast Maine.

Julie Shapiro

Board Member

Julie Shapiro is senior lawyer with a professional history working in television as a legal affairs and business affairs executive.…

Julie Shapiro is senior lawyer with a professional history working in television as a legal affairs and business affairs executive. Currently, Julie serves as an Associate Professor at Loyola Law School and the Director of Loyola’s Entertainment and New Media Institute. Prior to Loyola, Julie served as Legal Counsel and Business Affairs for Endeavor Content where she was involved in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing agreements for the development, production and distribution of scripted programming. In addition to traditional network deals, Julie has negotiated premium level deals with Amazon, Apple, Facebook Watch, Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, HBO and Warner Media. Julie has a broad understanding of multi-platform deals, co-production agreements, licensing, intellectual property, and domestic / international distribution. Throughout her career, Julie has collaborated with the department heads of creative, physical production and finance. She has experience in both scripted and unscripted programming and a comprehensive understanding of budgets and the P&L process.
Prior to Endeavor Content, Julie served as SVP, Head of Business Affairs for Freeform Network/Disney Cable Television Group. She reported directly to the President of the Network and served as a member of the Executive Committee. As Head of Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel for APA Talent Agency, Julie was responsible for employee related matters, including the negotiation of agent employment agreements. During her tenure, she structured and negotiated joint-venture agreements and the purchase of a below-the-line talent agency, sports agency, public relations company and marketing firm.
Julie’s extracurricular activities include serving as a mentor and committee member for The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. For the past 4 years she served as a mentor for Loyola Law Schools’ Fellowship Program.

Mary Pacifico Curtis

Board Treasurer

Mary Pacifico Curtis can be googled and found as an author, a Silicon Valley founder and entrepreneur, VC partner, and board member of organizations that speak to her passions.

Rose Lopez

Board Member

Rose was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has raised two children. After completing her Masters Degree in the US she…

Rose was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has raised two children. After completing her Masters Degree in the US she moved to Paris and studied at the Sorbonne and earned a second Masters Degree. In 1997 she joined the faculty at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose where she has served as lead French Instructor and peer Educational Technology Instructor. During her time at Mitty she has also had fellowships at Microsoft and Silicon Valley Bank. Rose is a recognized leader in educational technology and has been a presenter at the Exam Soft Educational Assessment Conference in Denver and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and she is also a private EdTech consultant.