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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



Karen A. Clark

City National Bank


Carl Geller

NBCUniversal Broadcast


Randy Huggins

Showrunner, Rebel

Linda Horner

Sheldon Levy

Max Rutherford


Muffie Taggett

General Mills, Inc.

Camille Taylor

Crossroads Films


Dorothy Thompson


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: 


  • GSD&M

  • General Mills

  • Honda

  • MullenLowe

  • RPA and RP&

  • Walmart

  • Wieden + Kennedy


  • Bank of America Foundation

  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation

  • City National Bank

  • Union Bank Foundation

  • U.S. Bancorp Foundation


  • 21st Century Fox

  • NBCUniversal

  • Association of Independent Commercial Producers

  • HBO

  • Raleigh Studios


  • 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