Who's Who at Streetlights
Adele B. Wilson
Adele joined Streetlights in 2007 bringing with her over 20 years of experience working in the entertainment industry, both in-front-of and behind-the-camera.
She embarked on her Entertainment career at the innovative and irreverent Rhino Records label before embarking on a pathway to performing in and producing theater, television, independent film, and commercials. Adele has appeared on TV (Cheers, China Beach, The Rookie), in Commercials (Cheetos, Hardee’s, Harrah’s),
and independent features (They Shoot Movies, Don’t They?), and cofounded the independent production company, Nobody Productions.
Prior to joining Streetlights, Adele combined her passion for social justice with her production skills when she joined the Entertainment Industry non-profit Mediascope, where she produced social awareness media campaigns and roundtable events for television writers and producers to promote accurate depictions in TV and Film when writing about diversity, violence prevention, drug abuse, and identification and prevention of human trafficking, among others.
“When I came to Streetlights it didn’t take long to know that this is where I belong—and after 15 years, I am very excited about Streetlights’ future. 2020 seemed like it would start a movement that would propel us toward social justice. That movement has sputtered and, despite 29 years of or creating careers for men and women of color, equity and inclusion behind-the-camera is still lagging. I look forward to continuing the change that started in 1992, and next year, to celebrating 30 years of Streetlights.”
Senior Director, Development and External Affairs
Melanie Mack is the Vice Chair of BCIF. She joined Streetlights with more than 20 years of experience as a fund development professional specializing in cultivating high net worth individuals – and project manager/producer of intimate to large scale events having worked for several organizations including Union Rescue Mission, Weingart Center Association, New Directions for Veterans, and Angels Gate Cultural Center. Melanie has an unwavering passion for service to underserved communities (particularly women and girls) and entertainment. She has a practical understanding of challenges and daunting responsibilities of implementing and executing a vision while delivering measurable results. She has raised $12 million through her sphere of influence. Her duties in leadership include involvement in creating and facilitating strategic plans, soliciting major gifts, and marketing/rebranding. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Melanie raised $1.5 million in venture capital to launch her companies, Power of the Single Mom and Bamflex. Before her career as an entrepreneur, she was a television development executive with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and was part of the original launch team for fX Networks – garnering several awards including a Daytime Emmy and NAMIC award for diversity and inclusion. Melanie is an innovative entrepreneur, strategic thought partner, grant proposal writer, motivational speaker, public relations specialist, and published author of two books. She’s been recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for her leadership and mentorship in the city of Los Angeles. She is a Forbes contributor, African American Board Leadership Institute Alumna (AABLI), member of International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute; founding executive board member for the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF). She is also the founder of BrunchNet: A Girl’s Guide to Business, Career, Goals, Life, and Family – a membership brunch club for professional and entrepreneurial women.
Job Developer and Program Manager
During Lisa’s first career in the field of education, the foundation was laid for a desire to work serving others. She then sought to use her passion for the field of entertainment to serve an even bigger audience – through the lens of a camera. In making the career change to TV production, Lisa has worked as producer on a wide range of formats, from documentary and magazine formats to lifestyle and reality/follow documentary formats for such networks as CBS, Discovery, History Channel, TLC, WEtv and Lifetime.
While Lisa has had many profound TV experiences as a producer, she credits two shows that profiled the underserved as the inspiration to work in the nonprofit world: the annual CBS/Children’s Action Network/Dave Thomas Foundation special, A Home for the Holidays, a show that promotes adoption through the foster care system, and WEtv’s, My Fair Wedding, in which celebrity event planner, David Tutera, gave truly deserving couples the weddings of their dreams. By joining the Streetlights’ team as Outreach Director, Lisa is thrilled to be fulfilling a dream of her own.
Board of Directors
Jay Harvey Studios
Adele B. Wilson
Executive Director, Streetlights
Karen A. Clark
City National Bank
Kathryn (Kamil) Canale
Bradley & Gmelich
Who Funds Us
Streetlights has received generous funding throughout our 29-year history. Major Advertisers and Ad Agencies have contributed through the Commercial Diversity Initiative (CDI). We have received grants from Foundations, Banks, Financial Institutions, and the City of Los Angeles.
Donations help Streetlights graduates stay job ready, and can make a difference between success and failure by providing necessities such as glasses, clothing, groceries, childcare, etc., without which many could NOT finish training or secure a JOB!
Some of our Major Funders and Sponsors include:
CORPORATE / CDI PARTNERS
Hackman Capital Partners
Procter & Gamble
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FUNDERS
Association of Independent Commercial Producers
Television City Studios (HCP)
CORPORATE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION FUNDERS
Bank of America Foundation
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
City National Bank
Union Bank Foundation
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
John W. "Johnny" Carson Foundation
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Youseff & Kamel Mawardi Family Fund
The Maximus Foundation
The United Way