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Who's Who at Streetlights

Dorothy Thompson

Executive Director

Dorothy has 22 years of experience connected with the entertainment industry, which includes 4 years with a large Advertising Agency and many years producing both independent documentaries and TV commercials for major advertising clients--supervising projects in excess of one million dollars.  Since 1992 she has led the Streetlights charge to remain the most innovative diversity workforce facilitators in the Entertainment Industry.

Adele B. Wilson

Managing Director

Adele came to Streetlights with many years of Entertainment Industry and non-profit experience under her belt. Prior to Streetlights, Adele promoted social justice issues through social marketing campaigns, including “Unequal Justice” focusing on wrongful convictions, and a campaign targeting Spanish Language entertainment executives in Mexico City promoting awareness of human trafficking through telenovelas. Adele’s experience in the Entertainment Industry includes having worked at Rhino Records, appearing on TV (Cheers, China Beach), in Commercials (Oreos, Cheerios, Hardee’s), and producing independent film (They Shoot Movies, Don’t They?).

Laura Aka

Outreach Director

Laura began her career as a news reporter/producer for CBS Radio in Minneapolis and Chicago.  She transitioned into producing for television after moving to Los Angeles.  Projects included programming for Lifetime, the History Channel, NBC, CBS, Fox, HGTV and A&E, and is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Laura directed a children’s visual arts program, with a particular focus on providing access to underserved, low income children. She is responsible for obtaining and maintaining community relationships with CBO's, local colleges, vocational schools, etc. to recruit participants. She assesses new applicants, maintains student records, and is an Instructor.

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Board of Directors

Jamie Burton-Oare

FilmL.A.

 

Karen A. Clark

City National Bank

 

Carl Geller

NBCUniversal Broadcast

 

Randy Huggins

Showrunner, Rebel

Linda Horner

Sheldon Levy

Max Rutherford

GSD&M

Muffie Taggett

General Mills, Inc.

Camille Taylor

Crossroads Films

 

Dorothy Thompson

Streetlights

Cesar Vega

The Stealth Crew

Daniel Zamora

Wells Fargo Bank

Honorary Board

Mike Antonovich

Michael Beach

 

James D. Brubaker

 

Hector Elizondo

 

Laurence Fishburne

 

Brian Grazer

 

Rod Hagenbuch

 

Mariette Hartley

 

Quincy Jones

Christine Lahti

Sharon Lawrence

 

Gigi Levangie

 

Lynda Obst

 

Annie Potts

 

CCH Pounder

 

Martin Sheen

 

Jimmy Smits

 

Joanne Woodward

Who Funds Us

Streetlights has received generous funding throughout our 25-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

  • GSD&M

  • General Mills

  • Honda

  • MullenLowe

  • RPA and RP&

  • Walmart

  • Wieden + Kennedy

    CORPORATE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION FUNDERS

  • Bank of America Foundation

  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation

  • City National Bank

  • Union Bank Foundation

  • U.S. Bancorp Foundation

    ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FUNDERS

  • 21st Century Fox

  • NBCUniversal

  • Association of Independent Commercial Producers

  • HBO

  • Raleigh Studios

    FOUNDATION FUNDERS

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

  • The Angell Foundation

  • John W. "Johnny" Carson Foundation

  • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association

  • MA Family Fund

  • Youseff & Kamel Mawardi Fund

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

  • The United Way

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