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).
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.
Goldstein Planting Investments - Chair of the Board
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.
Katie Ullman Zandona
Ullman Investments – Vice Chair
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 HP board. As a board member, Katie hopes to contribute to the continued revitalization of Hollywood by supporting the Hollywood Entertainment District’s main programs and efforts. In addition to the HP board, Katie serves on Council District 13’s Street Closure Committee and previously served as a board member for the Hollywood YMCA. Katie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from San Diego State University and a Master of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. Always up for an adventure, Katie loves snowboarding and traveling, and can often be found toting her twin girls around town.
Hudson Pacific Properties – Immediate Past Chair
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.
Dream Hotel - Treasurer
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.
AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts - Secretary
Tony Zimbardi is the Director of Production and Property Management 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 and the HP security, real estate owners and commercial groups. He also serves on the Safety Committee and Placemaking Committee of the HP. Zimbardi is deeply dedicated to the safety of the community and the improvement of the neighborhood.
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 the Folb family’s commitment to Hollywood, Brian Folb joined the board of the Sunset & Vine BID in 2009 and transitioned to the HP board when the two districts merged. As a Principal of Paramount Contractors & Developers, Folb represents the area surrounding the Sunset Boulevard/Wilcox Avenue area. He is the chair of the HP's Stakeholder Engagement Committee and is interested in sustaining and enhancing the benefits provided to property owners in the district. An active member of the community, Folb is involved in the Hollywood Police Activities Board, the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Freeway Central Park board. He also serves as treasurer of the Hollywood Police Support Association and on the board of the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association. Fun fact: Folb loves to snowboard, so keep an eye out for him at a mountain near you.
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, Gargano was a real estate attorney with Shearman & Sterling, where he represented institutional and government clients on major real estate and financial transactions.
Gordon California Properties, LLC
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. This experience provides him with an additional layer of insight into real estate management, finance and market behaviors. In his spare time he enjoys food, travel, soccer and writing about himself in the third person.
Condominium Owner, The Broadway Hollywood
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Moghavem is the Vice President at Archway Equities, overseeing a variety of initiatives for Archway’s portfolio including 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 previously served on the BID Renewal Committee in 2018 and currently is a member of the Place Enhancement Committee.
Michael Nazzal has been the property manager of 6800 to 6820 Hollywood Blvd. for the past fifteen years. He is also the part owner and 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 formation of the Tourism District Overlay Zone (TDOZ) during the HED BID Renewal in 2018 and currently serves on the TDOZ Steering Committee. During this time, he and the committee have helped implement changes to improve the walkability and safety on the Walk of Fame. Nazzal is looking forward to joining the Board and would like to focus on more ways to improve the District for both residents and tourists.
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.
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.