BOARD CHAIR / NYC ENGAGEMENT CHAIR
Melinda is the CEO of Transit Wireless in NYC, building and operating fiber networks used for transit communications. She’s been honored by The NY Chapter of NOW as a “Woman of Power and Influence” (2012), by Fierce Telecom as a “Woman in Wireline to Watch” (2014) and has been recognized as a Portland “Orchid Influential Woman Leader” (2015).
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ENGAGEMENT CHAIR
Mary Curtis is a Silicon Valley woman. She’s the Founder/CEO of the award winning Ad/PR Agency PACIFICO, an arts and education board advocate, an Angel to hi-tech startups and is currently grateful for two adult daughters, a loving husband and a newly published poetry chapbook. She’s a moving target.
BOARD TREASURER / FINANCE CHAIR
Ellen Gavin is a writer, producer and activist. She was the Founding Artistic Director of the Brava Theater Center, a nationally-recognized venue focused on women, playwrights of color and youth, and is a cultural anchor in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Courtney is Look What She Did!’s Producing Director and a freelance writer and producer based out of Echo Park, Los Angeles. She moved west after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill and begin her career with the award-winning production team at Imaginary Forces. These days she works as a graphics producer at the NFL Network and enjoys making cool stuff with a wide range of clients and friends in her spare time.
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, winning the PEN Award for Drama twice. She wrote the films Female Perversions and Ruby’s Bucket of Blood. Additionally, she has written and directed for some of the most respected shows on television including American Crime, The Good Wife, Boss, Numb3rs, ER and The West Wing. In 2002 she was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award.
Michael Miller’s career in the entertainment business includes over 20 years in non-profit leadership on both coasts, general managing numerous tours and producing events internationally. Most recently he led two organizations in successful turnarounds, and both are now thriving. He currently works as a theatrical consultant, serves on several boards, and collaborates on a variety of projects with his wife, Mary Curtis.
Julie has a background in strategic planning, business development and marketing, and currently mentors mid-career professionals. She also lectures on contemporary issues from a Jungian perspective.
D.C. ENGAGEMENT CHAIR
Mame Hunt is in her 16th year as an Associate Artist with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, where she has worked as a dramaturg with the summer lab and at the Ucross residency program. She has a history of producing socially relevant new works at the Magic Theatre and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival where she held the position of Artistic Director. She has shepherded similar projects as Dramaturg at the Intiman Theatre and the Hedgebrook/Women Playwrights Festival, among others, and taught at Cornish College of the Arts and Georgetown University.
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.
Cora M Oriel
LOS ANGELES ENGAGEMENT CHAIR
Cora M Oriel is President of the Asian Journal Publications, Inc. Cora has been active in the Fiilipino community and received numerous awards and distinctions include the Search to Involve Pilipino Americans Business Achievement Award, the Historic Filipino town Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurship Award, the Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees Heritage Achievement Award and the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Award for Excellence in Journalism.