The Hollywood Partnership Board of Directors is comprised of a distinguished group of up to 25 property owners in Hollywood who oversee the management of the Hollywood Entertainment District PBID (Property Based Improvement District).
Katie Ullman Zandona
Ullman Investments - Chair of the Board
Representing the Hollywood Orange Building at 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Katie Ullman Zandona oversees communications and asset management for Ullman Investments and is the second generation of her family to serve on the BID board. As a board member, Zandona hopes to contribute to the continued revitalization of Hollywood by supporting The Hollywood Partnership’s main programs and efforts. Currently, she serves as a board member for the Hollywood Historic Trust, and also serves on Council District 13’s Street Closure Committee and The HP’s Place Management Committee. Zandona previously served as a board member for the Hollywood YMCA and served several terms as vice chair of The HP. When she’s not working or wrangling her twin daughters, Zandona enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family & friends.
Dream Hotel - Vice Chair
Tapping into over a decade of experience earned at leading lifestyle hotels in New York and Los Angeles, Vaughn Davis is a proven leader in launching experiential hospitality brands in competitive markets. Davis draws inspiration from his tenure in fashion and entertainment as well as his background in Political Science at Hofstra University to enhance the guest experience and provide analytical business insight. As the General Manager of Dream Hollywood, Davis is responsible for overseeing operations for the 178-room luxury lifestyle hotel which boasts six bustling food and beverage outlets perfectly nestled in the heart of Hollywood. By serving on the Board of The Hollywood Partnership, Davis plans to continue this trajectory with a unique vantage point, embracing change and innovation to enhance the experience of both locals and visitors to this iconic neighborhood.
Gordon California Properties, LLC – Vice Chair
A native Angeleno, Chase Gordon’s family has been in Hollywood for over 75 years. He works in commercial real estate, specializing in both tenant and landlord representation. Mr. Gordon brings a unique knowledge of Hollywood, as well as a keen eye for underutilized space and value-add opportunities. He’s leveraged his deep understanding of the film and entertainment industries to better serve the real estate needs of his clients in both sale and lease transactions.
The foundation of Chase’s business philosophy is taking a holistic approach to every situation and building long-term, trust-based relationships with his clients. He received a Master’s in International Business from the Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis in 2012, graduating with the highest possible honors. In the following year, he completed his MBA at San Francisco State University where he was an active participant in the Graduate Business Association. Though Chase lives in Eagle Rock with his wife and young son, he is a big believer in the Hollywood community and feels continuously reinvigorated by the progress that has been made over the last 25 years. Gordon currently serves as Vice Chair for The HP and Chair of the Place Enhancement Committee.
Condominium Owner, The Broadway Hollywood - Secretary
David Gordon has lived in Hollywood for over 40 years, most recently as a homeowner at The Broadway Hollywood. Most of his career was at the O’Melveny & Myers law firm, where he chaired the Tax Department and worked extensively in areas involving corporate law, labor law, municipal finance, and litigation. Gordon is currently a Managing Director at Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., which advises boards of public companies with respect to all aspects of executive compensation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Broadway Hollywood Homeowners Association and has previously served in leadership positions with many other organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Tax Section (chair), the Center for Early Education (chair), and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (President). Gordon’s overall long-term objective is to continue the upgrading of the Hollywood Entertainment District (HED), to help it achieve its potential of being a world class business/residential area.
Archway Holdings - Treasurer
Jeff Moghavem is the Vice President of Archway Equities, overseeing a variety of initiatives for Archway’s portfolio including acquisitions, asset management, construction, leasing, and property/financial management. During his time at University of Southern California, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business as well as minor in Real Estate Development from the Price School of Public Policy. As a board member, Moghavem hopes to help continue the progress and revitalization of the community with a focus on enhancing safety, reducing homelessness, and implementing strategic placemaking initiatives. He is a member of the Place Enhancement Committee and ad-hoc Finance Committee.
Goldstein Planting Investments - Immediate Past Chair
Drew Planting, Co-Founder and Principal of Goldstein Planting Investments, was born and raised in the Hollywood area. He has extensive experience in real estate development, acquisition, financing and management over the last 30 years and manages over $1bn in assets. Planting is a former partner of Maguire Partners and J.H Snyder. He has a keen interest in the HP’s mission, served as Board Treasurer and brings a long history of real estate ownership in Hollywood. His short-term objective for the HP would be to continue with the “safe and clean” strategies. In the longer term, he would like to continue the efforts to increase developments in designated areas to foster more housing creation. Planting currently serves on the Advocacy and Economic Development Committee and has completed one term as Board Chair.
The Fonda Theatre
Leslie Blumberg is the owner of the historic Fonda Theatre, and first joined the Board in April 2013. Blumberg divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City, but was born and educated here, so has a big affinity for this city. Over the years while serving on the Board, Blumberg’s interests have evolved from the aesthetics of the neighborhood to the character of the Board itself, its concept and use of political influence, and its outreach to the residential community. Blumberg previously served as Secretary of the Board and participated as a member of the Nominating Committee. Currently, Blumberg is an active member of the Stakeholder Engagement Committee and would like to promote continued involvement of the residents of the community.
Paramount Contractors & Developers
Continuing a long-standing family commitment to Hollywood, Brian Folb first joined the board in 2009 and served as the Board President of the Central Hollywood Coalition in 2011. As a Principal of Paramount Contractors & Developers, Folb represents the area surrounding the Sunset Boulevard/Wilcox Avenue area. He is a strident supporter of the BID and is interested in sustaining and enhancing the benefits provided to property owners in the BID.
An active member of the community, Folb serves on several boards, including the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Hollywood Chamber Economic Development Committee, Hollywood Chamber PAC, is a founding Board Member of the Friends of Hollywood Central Park, and is on the Honorary Advisory Board for The Center. In addition to being on the board of the Hollywood Police Activities League (HPAL), he is also serving as Treasurer for the Hollywood Police Support Association Board of Directors. Folb currently serves as Chair of the Stakeholder Engagement Committee.
Hollywood Media Center
Having previously served two terms on the board of directors, Gajda rejoined the board in 2018. During his time away he sold the software business he founded, and along with his partner Jose Malagon, began a major redevelopment project at Manitou Beach, Michigan. He and his partner purchased the old Café des Artistes restaurant and theater property which has been converted into the highly successful L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. In addition, they are welcoming the new RoMain high-end restaurant/lounge at 6350 Hollywood (the old Beso space) which is scheduled to open in September 2021 with a complete inside/outside refurbishment. Representing several additional properties in Hollywood, Gajda has a wide variety of experience in management, financial, legal, marketing and PR. Through his work with the HP, he hopes to make Hollywood a model for the future in urban living. He hopes to help the HP focus on Business Improvement initiatives and a re-emphasis on the visual aspects necessary to attract new investment and improve the experience of visitors to the area. Gajda is on the board of the Hollywood Central Park, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development committee, board of the Hollywood Vinyl District, and an active member of Hollywood Heritage.
As managing director at Argent Ventures, Michael Gargano oversees the development partnership between Argent Ventures and MP Los Angeles, which includes the proposed 1.2 million sq. ft. Hollywood Center project near the iconic intersection of Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood. Gargano has worked on major real estate development transactions, including Argent Ventures' redevelopment of the Manhattan Mall in New York City. Prior to joining Argent Ventures, he was a real estate attorney with Shearman & Sterling, where he represented institutional and government clients on major real estate and financial transactions. Gargano serves on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Fund for Public Health in NYC.
Nederlander West Coast
David Green is the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Nederlander West Coast and represents the property that houses the iconic Pantages Theatre and office building near Hollywood and Vine as well as other Hollywood real estate parcels. Green has been a steadfast contributor to the Hollywood community for decades, as a member of both the HP and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (HCC) Board of Directors. He currently serves on the boards of the Hollywood Central Park, HCC Legislative Action Committee and the IATSE Local 33 Pension & Health & Welfare Trusts. On the HP board, he has served as president (1999 – 2001) at the time the board of directors presided over two contiguous BIDs (the Phase 1 and Phase 2 BIDs which ultimately merged into one BID in 2001). He also previously served as Treasurer, as well as on the Nominating Committee several times, and most recently on the ad-hoc Finance Committee. Green is enthusiastic for his next term and remains committed and excited about the future of Hollywood.
Seth Hallen is Managing Director of Light Iron, a Hollywood-based feature film and episodic television post production company owned by Panavision that supports filmmakers, studios, creatives, and technologists with facilities across North America. Having always been passionate about storytelling, technology, and business management, Hallen moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to pursue a career in media and entertainment. Since then, he has maintained his key focus on enabling creatives and technologists to do their best work.
Prior to joining Light Iron, he was a partner and head of business development at Pixelogic Media, SVP of global creative services at Sony New Media Solutions, the CEO of Testronic Labs, VP of Operations for Lightworks, and the producer of the Emmy Award-winning TalkShow.TV. Hallen joined the Board of the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) and is currently serving as HPA board president, a position he has held since 2016. As a member of the HP board, Hallen hopes to play a meaningful role in improving and maintaining a safe, clean, and hospitable environment for Hollywood's businesses and residents and connecting media and entertainment professionals to other sectors of The HP's professional community.
Robertson Properties Group
Lilian Hanna is Chief Operating Officer of Robertson Properties Group and Senior Counsel of Decurion. In these roles, she is responsible for shaping and implementing strategy and overseeing operations for Robertson Properties Group as well as managing the legal affairs of Decurion. Hanna has extensive experience in real estate investments, development, operations, and portfolio management. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School. Hanna is committed to working with stakeholders to support the success of the Hollywood Partnership and the community.
Hudson Pacific Properties
Bill Humphrey serves as the Senior Vice President, Sunset Studios. He oversees operations and finance for Sunset Gower Studios, Sunset Bronson Studios, Sunset Las Palmas Studios, and United Recording Studios. Bill was closely involved in Hudson Pacific Properties’ acquisition of Sunset Las Palmas Studios in 2016, and manages the relationships with our largest studio tenants including Netflix, Disney, ABC, CBS, and more. Prior to Hudson Pacific, Humphrey served in several media and entertainment executive management roles, including Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Point 360, President of NEP Broadcasting Entertainment Division, EVP of Sales and Media Account Management at Technicolor, EVP of Entertainment Operations and Technology at Turner Broadcasting Systems and EVP of Digital Studios at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He’s also held executive strategic planning positions with both IBM Business Consulting and Next Left, as well as his role as Principal and Founder of Water Clock Media, a media and entertainment consulting firm. Humphrey currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board for the Hollywood Partnership, and a member of the board for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He has a long history of involvement in the production community and is a recipient of a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Technical Emmy, Sony’s 50th Anniversary Innovation Award, Adweek’s Icon Award and the Anthology Film Archive Award.
Amy Lemisch is a member of the Studio Policy team at Netflix supporting film and series production and studio operations in North America. Her work focuses on production infrastructure development; community and government relations; and content production facilitation. Prior to joining Netflix, she was the longest serving head of the California Film Commission, where she oversaw the state’s efforts to facilitate and grow film, television and commercial production and administered California’s multi-billion-dollar Film & Television Tax Credit Program. Prior to joining the Film Commission, Ms. Lemisch was a feature film producer with Penny Marshall’s company, Parkway Productions. She is looking forward to supporting the work of the board and engaging in issues that improve the work/life environment for residents and businesses.
Klein Financial Corporation
Chad Lewis is the Senior Vice President of Development & Senior Housing for Klein Financial Corporation, a real estate investment, development and consulting firm specializing in tax exempt bond multifamily residential development. Lewis is involved in the senior asset management of the Company’s two real estate investment funds with approximately $530 million in property value and its 450 senior housing units. Chad has over 25 years of experience in operations management, asset management, marketing and property entitlement. He attended Queen’s University in Kingston Canada. Lewis has previously served as Chair (2017-2018), Vice Chair and Chair of the CEO Search Committee for The Hollywood Partnership. He is a current member of the Executive Committee.
Michael Nazzal has been the property manager of 6800-6820 Hollywood Blvd. for the past fifteen years. He is also part owner and the manager of the Walk of Fame Hostel Hollywood. Having grown up in Los Angeles, he graduated from Loyola High School and completed his Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University. Nazzal was involved with the BID and the Tourism District Overlay Zone (TDOZ) formation during the HED BID Renewal in 2018 and currently serves on the TDOZ Steering Committee. Since then, Nazzal and the committee have successfully implemented changes to improve the walkability and safety on the Walk of Fame. As a board member, Nazzal would like to focus on improving the District for both residents and tourists.
Federal Realty Investment Trust
Kelly Olin manages the Los Angeles real estate portfolio for Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT), which includes the iconic Galaxy Theater Building and the Peterson Building on Hollywood Blvd. Prior to Federal Realty, Olin managed a portfolio for a California Special Health District, with a concentration on asset management, strategic development, and leasing. A transplant from the east coast 20 years ago, she has managed properties ranging from hospitals to shopping centers to high-rise office buildings, with a consistent focus on creating safe and enjoyable places to work, play, and live. This focus continues for the work ahead for the Hollywood Partnership. Olin currently serves on the TDOZ Steering Committee and is a member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Olin received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master's Degree, in Business Administration and Management, from Western Governor's University. A resident of Redondo Beach, and a beach girl raised on both coasts and Hawaii, Olin can often be found on The Strand, or vacuuming sand out of her car.
Jenifer Paquette is the Vice President, Asset Management for Kilroy Realty Corporation’s Los Angeles portfolio which includes several Class A properties in Hollywood. Kilroy’s Hollywood portfolio consists of approximately 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use office, historical and retail space at Columbia Square, Sunset Media Center and On Vine, in addition to two high-rise residential towers, Columbia Square Living and Jardine. Jenifer has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years with experience in operations management, asset management and leasing. As a board member, she hopes to assist in the HP’s ongoing efforts to push for humane policies to rehouse homeless individuals, improve street safety and cleanliness and implement beautification and revitalization efforts to improve walkability and the overall experience of Hollywood’s businesses, residents, and visitors.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS)
Michael Pogorzelski is the Director of the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Pogorzelski has been a board member since 2003 and currently is a member of the Place Enhancement Committee. He initially joined the board out of the belief that creating a business improvement district seemed to be the way to make positive changes happen and create a better Hollywood during the course of months or years - rather than decades. For his next term, Pogorzelski would like to make the most effective use of the HP’s resources to address the homeless crisis in the district. His long-term goal is to return a sense of safety and well-being to all who are here, as well as bring the history of the neighborhood to life in tangible ways that remind residents and visitors of the storied and glamorous history of Hollywood.
Condominium Owner, W Residences Hollywood
Joe Rehfeld and his family have worked, lived and enjoyed the arts and outdoors in Hollywood for 12 years. A residential property and business owner, Rehfeld desires to bring the residential voice to the Hollywood Partnership while supporting commercial property owners and businesses vital to Hollywood’s success. He envisions engaging more Hollywood stakeholders in the community’s on-going revitalization and growth. Rehfeld earned a B.A. from the University of Washington and worked in mergers and acquisitions, business development, finance and marketing for Microsoft Corporation and several start-up technology ventures. He co-founded Brentwater Partners in Hollywood in 2010 with his son, managing clients’ financial and business affairs. He serves on the Hollywood Partnership Stakeholder Engagement Committee and the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council board.
Clarett West Development
With more than 25 years of extensive experience in developing large-scale projects, Frank Stephan is the Senior Managing Director for Clarett West Development, where he is responsible for overseeing the development and construction of all west coast properties for the company. He represents “Eastown” and newly opened “El Centro” projects, which represent 1,042 rental apartment units (105 of which are affordable units), 128,000 sq. ft of retail, 2,500 parking spaces and two outdoor plazas of dining and retail – totaling approximately 11,000 sq. ft. Stephan is active in the community and is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from Columbia University and a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University. Stephan served as president of the HP board for two years (2011 - 2013), past board treasurer, member and past Chair of the security committee and member of streetscape and planning committee and served as chair and member of the nominating committee.
Stockdale Capital Partners
Nash Tennant is senior executive based in Los Angeles and is the current Vice President of Asset Management, Hospitality for Stockdale Capital Partners, owners of the 1717 Vine Street property. Tennant is responsible for asset management, acquisition diligence and operational oversight for Stockdale Capital Hospitality. Tennant has more than 15 years of hospitality experience having held several senior executive roles in operations, sales, marketing and product development with both Hotel and Private Club concepts. Additionally, Tennant oversaw the launch of several key projects including W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, The Eaton Hotel & Workshop, NeueHouse Hollywood and Spring Place Beverly Hills. Throughout his career in hospitality, Tennant has proven to be a dedicated and results-driven leader. With Tennant’s appointment to the Board of Directors, he hopes to continue their stellar initiatives like increased safety, cleanliness, and hospitality, while driving a renewed emphasis on returning Hollywood to its former glory.
Larry Wilkes, Vice President of Related California, represents Argyle House, Related’s luxury apartment tower development in Hollywood. Wilkes is responsible for managing the origination, financing, entitlement, development and asset management of numerous market rate, mixed-income and mixed-used developments throughout California. He brings to the board expertise in real estate development, finance and land use policy and has an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Through his work on the board, he hopes to continue the growth and revitalization in Hollywood, creating new public facilities like parks, green space, and recreational facilities, and attract new businesses and residents to Hollywood.
AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts
Tony Zimbardi is the Vice President of Campus Operations and Production at AMDA College of Performing Arts. AMDA is the first truly urban campus in Hollywood with a community of over 1,300 faculty, staff, and full-time students on the streets of Hollywood every day.
Overseeing the security and well-being of such a community requires an extraordinary amount of effort and coordination. In this role, Zimbardi works closely with many agencies, including LAPD and LAFD, the HP security team, real estate owners, and commercial groups. He is deeply dedicated to the community's safety and the neighborhood's improvement. Zimbardi recently completed his second term as The HP's Board Secretary and also serves on the Place Management Committee and Place Enhancement Committee.
Annual elections begin the second Thursday in May when the nominating committee sends a mailing to all property owners to notify them of open seats and the opportunity to submit names for considerations. The deadline for candidates to submit is the last Thursday in May at 5:00 p.m. The slate of nominees as chosen by the nominating committee will be announced on the second Thursday in August. If the slate is not contested, those property owners shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of The Hollywood Partnership on the third Thursday in November.