Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is an oversight group made up of former EAL/LA Leadership Council members - and members of the community, as deemed appropriate by the Advisory Board - who are interested in advancing the mission of EAL/LA. To this end, Advisory Board members offer their time, talent, and resources to support the current Leadership Council cohort and the overall work of the organization.


EM_Headshot.jpg Elena Muslar is the Assistant Director of Entertainment and Fine Arts Professions in the office of Career and Professional Development at Loyola Marymount University. Inspired by her experiences in arts administration, creative producing, and cultural engagement, she is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of creative professionals. She is on the Advisory Board for Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, a member of WOCA – Women of Color in the Arts, and was in the first cohort of the California Presenters’ Next-Gen Leadership Diversity Program. As an Advisory Committee Member for the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, through the LA County Arts Commission, Elena received a commendation from the LA County Board of Supervisors for her dedication to community affairs and civic pride. She has published articles through Americans for the Arts, Western Arts Alliance, and HowlRound focusing on unpacking diversity in arts administration and outreach to diverse audiences. Elena earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts (with minors in Dance, African-American Studies, and an emphasis in Education) from LMU and an M.F.A. in Theatre Management & Producing from CalArts.


Camille Schenkkan is the Program Director for Next Generation Initiatives at Center Theatre Group, and the Managing Director at the new-works development company Circle X Theatre Co. She holds a Masters in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, and a dual Honors English/Theatre degree from Scripps College. Schenkkan served on the national Emerging Leader Council and was a core member of Emerging Arts Leaders/LA’s from the group’s inception in 2005. She is passionate about career development for emerging artists and arts managers, and regularly teaches resume and cover letter writing, business communication, and other professional development classes at universities and organizations across Southern California. She started at Circle X as an intern in 2004 and never left. After serving as their Director of Development for more than eight years, she transitioned to Managing Director in 2013.



Rosa Langley is the Director of Development for Dallas Contemporary, which she joined in 2015. At DC, she oversees fundraising efforts including individual giving, membership, corporate sponsorship, and foundation and government grants. Prior to joining DC, Langley worked in advancement for seven years at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. From 2011-2013, Langley served as Development Chair for Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, and is currently a member of its Advisory Board. Her prior experience includes The Fowler Museum at UCLA and internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. She holds an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California Los Angeles; in World Arts and Cultures and Art History. She also studied abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.




Cynthia Pearson is an attorney at Overton, Lyman & Prince LLP, practicing in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, conservatorships, real estate, and business law, including nonprofit law. Prior to law school, she worked at MOCA, and she remains active in the arts through serving on the Advisory Board of EAL/LA and as a board member of LAMusArt (the Los Angeles Music and Art School). Cynthia has a law degree from UCLA, an MA in Museum Studies from USC, and a BA in Art History/English Literature from USC.



Tara (Scroggins) Aesquivel is an advocate for the arts, education, and sustainable practices. She is a classically trained musician, studying oboe and voice while earning a B.A. in Music from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Convinced that she could have a broader impact offstage, Tara earned a Master’s degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, during which she was selected to study Cultural Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy, and conduct a thesis project for Americans for the Arts. Tara’s professional experience includes work in strategic planning, fund raising, marketing, and community programs for Pittsburgh Opera, LA Opera, A Noise Within, Antioch University Los Angeles, and The Lukens Company. Tara’s volunteer commitments include serving on the Advisory Board of Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, the Young Professionals Advisory Board for Inner-City Arts, and the Scientific Committee of the Tafter Journal, to which she regularly contributes articles. Tara is thrilled to bring her experience and enthusiasm to Invertigo Dance Theatre as the organization’s first Executive Director. Tara’s other adventures include traveling, running, biking, and anything else that keeps her toddler entertained.




Brittany A. Gash is the Development and Marketing Manager for Invertigo Dance Theatre. She is also a Marketing & Public Relations Consultant with a great passion and understanding for the arts, entertainment and nonprofit organizations. With over a decade of experience, her expertise lies in event publicity, brand and image management, content creation, audience engagement, and digital marketing. Her philosophy is that relationship building and audience engagement is the key to long-term customer loyalty, increased revenues, a solid brand identity, and community engagement. She received her MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. She formerly served as the Publicity Manager for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Publicist & Marketing Consultant for Towne Street Theatre, and Publicist for Brazilian Nites Productions. She has also had the pleasure of working with a variety of visual and performing arts organizations such as the Da Camera Society (presenters of Chamber Music In Historic Sites), LA County Arts Commission, and Project&. She also offers a variety of consultation and coaching services for a number of artists and enjoys teaching courses on Public Relations, Social Media, and Branding. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Emerging Arts Leader/Los Angeles and the Elected Board of Jane Austen Society of North America/Southwest.



Christa Lorenz is the Associate Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations for University Advancement at USC. She has also worked with KUSC Radio and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and served as Executive Co-Chair of EAL/LA from 2013-2015. A former opera singer, she hold degrees in music from Chapman University and CSULB.



Krystal Boehlert is a Visual Resource Specialist in the Art History Department at the University of California Riverside. She previously worked in Collection Information & Access at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a BFA in Visual Media from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY and a MA in Art Criticism & Theory from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She is currently working towards an MLIS from San Jose State University. She joined EAL/LA around 2010 and served as Communications Chair from 2011-2013.



Lauren Nichols is the Program Associate at the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation where she supports the management of the organization’s grant-making program and related philanthropic activities. Before joining the Foundation, Lauren was the Development Associate at 18th Street Arts Center, a nonprofit artist residency program based in Santa Monica. Prior to 18th Street Arts Center, Lauren worked for a number of diverse nonprofit organizations including; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Orange County Community Foundation, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, and the Long Beach Arts Council.

In 2017, Lauren was selected by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and the Empowerment Congress as one of the ‘Top 40 under 40’ for civic engagement in Los Angeles County. She is actively involved in her community and was recently elected to the Education & Social Services Committee, Mid-City West Neighborhood Council. She is also an active member of Emerging Arts Leaders Los Angeles’ Advisory Board and a founding member of the Foster Nation Young Leaders Collective which focuses on supporting transition age foster youth in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in History/French from Tulane University and a MA in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University where she was the recipient of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Fellowship in Arts Management.


Charlie_headshot.png  Charlie Jensen is the program director of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, one of the largest and most prestigious continuing education programs for creative writing in the nation. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in higher education, arts advocacy, arts education, marketing, and teaching. A writer, he is the author of six chapbooks and a collection of poetry, The First Risk, that was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He has received awards from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Dorothy Sergeant Rosenberg Foundation for his writing. He served on the Emerging Leader Council of Americans for the Arts for six years, and was active in emerging arts leader networks in Phoenix, Baltimore, Tucson, and Los Angeles.

Serena Johnson is the Development Manager for Antaeus Theatre Company, a non-profit theater located in Downtown Glendale. A passionate advocate for the arts, she strives to help build communities where the arts are not an after thought, but a vital part of everyday life. She most recently served as the Development Associate for 18th Street Arts Center, an artist residency program in Santa Monica. Previously, Serena worked at Glendale Arts as the Fund Development and Community Partnerships Coordinator. She attended California State University Northridge where she earned a BA in Classical Vocal Performance. Serena serves on the Board for Glendale Young Professionals and the Advisory Board for Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles.



As the Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement at LA Opera, Jennifer Babcock is responsible for the production of LA Opera’s Education and Community Engagement programs which currently serve about 130,000 students, teachers, family and community members annually. She is responsible for supervising programs including family, community, and after-school productions and tours, partnering with community organizations, volunteer groups, and contracting artists. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in music from Chapman University. She is an alumnus of Arts for LA's ACTIVATE program, and serves as an advisory board member for the Emerging Arts Leaders/LA. She has been a regular learning community leader for the Los Angeles County Arts Internship program since 2008. Jennifer came to LA Opera in 1999 from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, where she was the Community Programs Manager – supervising the Annual Holiday Celebration, Free Concerts in Public Sites and the Arts Open House. A resident of Glendale, she spent five seasons on the Glendale Youth Orchestra board of directors as Treasurer, as well as serving as the Music Series Coordinator for the Brand Library and Art Gallery for one season. 


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