Alison Kleaver | CHAIR
University Counsel, The California State University (CSU)
Alison Kleaver joined California State University's Office of the General Counsel in February 2017. She is the University Counsel for Humboldt State University and a member of the Human Resources Team. Before joining CSU, Alison was an associate with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where she was a member of the Business Trials Practice Group and Latin America Team. Alison serves on the Board of Governors for California Women Lawyers and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. Alison graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and co-founded a legal clinic for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Alison lives in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles with her husband Jonathan.
Dena Harte | TREASURER
Senior Vice President, City National Bank
A native Angeleno, Dena Harte is Senior Vice President and Team Lead for City National Bank’s Pasadena Commercial Banking office, which covers the LA Metropolitan and San Gabriel Valley regions. She has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with City National Bank for over 15 years. Dena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son.
Jennifer Pippard | SECRETARY
Director of the Strategic Partnerships Department, First 5 LA
Jennifer Pippard is the Director of the Strategic Partnerships Department for First 5 LA, the state’s largest funder of earlier childhood with a focus to ensure children are ready to succeed in school and life. Jennifer is responsible for developing organization-wide partnerships that contribute to the advancement of First 5 LA’s strategic plan outcomes. In addition, she has consulted with various organizations that focus on building communities to best support children and families including the Children's Planning Council. She received her BA in Sociology, from Western Washington University and her MSW from the University of Southern California. She was attracted to the Grand Performances Board of Directors as she knows first hand the value of music and the arts in public places which allow for social connections to grow and create a larger sense of community. Grand Performances offers people a new experience to learn about each other in a fun and welcoming environment.
Attorney, DLA Piper
Michael is an attorney for DLA Piper, a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries. Michael focuses on commercial and consumer litigation, including breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud and other business torts, as well as government investigations in the white collar context. He is also experienced in intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes. Before joining DLA Piper, Mr. Boardman was an associate at another international law firm and a mid-sized firm in Los Angeles focusing on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He received his JD from Loyola Law School Los Angeles and a BA in English from Yale University. Music has always been an integral part of Michael’s life as he is a guitarist and his father worked as a composer, arranger and orchestrator for movies, television, and various recording artists. He was attracted to the Grand Performances Board of Directors as it provides an opportunity to engage with like-minded civic and professional leaders interested in music and who believe in the mission of free access to global performing arts.
General Counsel, The Boeing Company
Jennifer Fisher serves as intellectual property counsel for both Commercial and Government network, space and intelligence programs in the Defense, Space and Security unit at Boeing and it’s subsidiary, Spectrolab. Prior to joining Boeing, Jennifer was General Counsel for Marshall & Swift/Boeckh and began her career as a corporate & securities associate at Mayer Brown LLP. In 2012, Jennifer was honored by the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Southern California Chapter as a “Rising Star” and by the City Club on Bunker Hill with the 2012 Woman of the City Club Award. In 2010, Jennifer was named one of the Nation’s Best “Top 40 Lawyers under 40” by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. A native Chicagoan, Jennifer graduated Harvard University with cum laude honors in Government and The University of Chicago Law School.
Founding Member of Ozomatli, Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer
Raul Pacheco is a native Angeleno from Boyle Heights with a musical career defined as a founding member of Los Angeles’ 25-year world music mashup group, Ozomatli. The three-time Grammy winner has represented his home town in over 55 countries, giving insight to a collective and positive worldview of our city. Grand Performances is an important integral part of Ozomatli’s history.
Mr. Pacheco’s role on the board is to help continue the singly unique experience that Grand Performances offers: presenting the profound depth of world music and culture to an eclectic city and its equally eclectic residents.
Cynthia A. Harding, MPH
Chief Strategist for Interdepartmental Initiatives, L.A. County Dept. of HR
Cynthia Harding is the Chief Strategist for Interdepartmental Initiatives for the Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources (DHR). In this role she facilitates and implements transformational initiatives of importance to the Board of Supervisors, Chief Executive Office and DHR. She provides executive level consulting services to other County Departments in order to transform service delivery, build new services or staffing models, provide oversight on executive projects or develop new entrepreneurial services. Prior to coming to DHR, she worked in the Department of Public Health for 35 years in a variety of different public health programs including serving as the Chief Deputy Director, Interim Director, and Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Tobacco Control, and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs.
Ms. Harding is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and taught as a visiting professor at the National School of Public Health in Brazil. Ms. Harding has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Community Health from Brown University, a Masters of Public Health from UCLA, and a Certificate of Management from USC’s Center of Excellence in Health Care Management.
In addition to her work for the County, Ms. Harding is a musician, playing a number of different instruments from Latin America. She performs Latin American folk jazz with her husband in the Ciro Hurtado Band, and with her sister in Conjunto Jardin (pronounced con-HUN-toe har-DEEN), a group that performs the music of Veracruz, Mexico.
Grand Performances’ mission is to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts.