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Mia Riverton Alpert AB '99 | Founder

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Co-President and Founder MIA RIVERTON grew up in Indianapolis. An avid actress, singer, pianist and dancer since age four, Mia juggled artistic and academic pursuits throughout her school years. As a senior in high school, she was named a Presidential Scholar by Bill Clinton. Mia majored in economics at Harvard and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude after six semesters, during which she also spent time in Taiwan studying Chinese literature. While at Harvard, she sang a cappella with the Callbacks and performed in productions at the Agassiz, the Hasty Pudding and the American Repertory Theater.

Mia now works as an actress-writer-producer in film, television, theater and digital media.  Her film work includes roles in SPARE PARTS, CAPTURE, 4 WEDDING PLANNERS, OPEN HOUSE, CEO, RECOIL, and RED DOORS, an award-winning film for which she additionally served as producer and songwriter.  She also co-created a TV pilot for CBS based on Red Doors.   TV appearances include THE MENTALIST, LEVERAGE, MIAMI MEDICAL, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, BIG TIME RUSH, ONE ON ONE, and STRONG MEDICINE.  Stage work includes VOICES WE REMEMBER at the Geffen Playhouse and the Ovation-Award-winning world premiere of BARE.  She has frequently appeared in digital media, starring for three seasons on hit comedy webseries Easy to Assemble and in groundbreaking virtual reality series Gone for Samsung and writer-director JT Petty.

Nick Baker AB '07 | Director of the Harvardwood Writers Program — Features

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Nick proudly hails from Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard in 2007 with a degree in History before eventually transitioning from fact to fiction (thanks to Harvardwood's Boston-based features group) and moving to Los Angeles in 2013 to become a screenwriter. During the years in between, he worked in the nonprofit and renewable energy sectors, and also trained as an Olympic Hopeful in the sport of rowing. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he interned at Lin Pictures (THE LEGO MOVIE), became a script reader for United Talent Agency, and even found his way back onto the water by coaching rowing in Marina del Rey in the wee hours of weekday mornings. He currently works as an assistant to TV writer and executive producer Chip Johannessen (HOMELAND) and lives in Venice with his fiancee, Maren.

Todd Bartels AB '06 | Associate Director of the Harvardwood Writers Program — TV

Todd is a graduate of Harvard (AB) and the NYU Graduate Acting Program (MFA). At Harvard, he performed in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, most notably as a Girl Scout named Wanda Buymycookies. Todd moved to Los Angeles in early 2015 to pursue a writing career; before that, he was a theater actor in New York. When he's not writing, he loves to cook. He's also learning to surf; it's not going well.

Gerry Bryant AB '76 | Director of Legal Affairs

Email: legal@harvardwood.org

GB_Photo_for_HWood___FB___YouTube.jpgGerry Bryant wears many hats. Described by many as a renaissance man, Gerry graduated cum laude from both Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard, and received his J.D. and M.B.A., simultaneously, from UCLA. His law clients – artists and creative people of all disciplines — all know him to be a well-respected arts & entertainment attorney. His musician colleagues and music fans know him to be an accomplished, classically trained pianist and composer who has performed with jazz legends and Broadway musical stars early in his career and who currently performs and records regularly with his jazz group, PocketWatch. His music, whether uniquely arranged standard songs or original compositions influenced by classical composers Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff, and great American composers Ellington and Gershwin, is always romantic, emotional, elegant and sophisticated.

Many others know Gerry for his volunteer work as a very active board member of several nonprofit arts organizations, including California Lawyers for the Arts (a former Board Co-Chair) and Chalk Repertory Theatre (the current Board Co-Chair), and as a regular volunteer piano player entertaining patients at UCLA Medical Center. Whatever hat Gerry wears, he proudly wears it being of service to others. 

As the Director of Legal Affairs for Harvardwood, Gerry oversees all legal and business affairs of the organization and provides legal counsel and guidance to the Board of Directors and management staff for all corporate activities.

Nicholas Chavez ALB '17 | Director of Membership Experience

Nicholas is a strategist who connects people in finance, technology and entertainment to make great projects happen.  Nicholas serves as the Harvardwood Director of Membership experience, where he can become intimately familiar with the needs and capabilities of individual members in order to help connect them in productive ways.

Nicholas co-hosted both the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) party and the Impact Film Festival party at the 2008 Democratic National Convention featuring special guests, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner & Madeline Albright with Grammy Award winning artist Nelly providing entertainment.  Nicholas has produced two films and executive produced three music albums.

Nicholas also serves as the Chairman of Emerging.org where he helps managers of hedge funds, private equity & venture capital increase their assets under management (AUM) to $1 billion.  

Stacy Cohen AB '89 | Founder & Director of Harvardwood Helps

Email: helps@harvardwood.org

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STACY COHEN was a 20-year veteran of the film industry, having held multiple senior executive positions at studio-based production companies and developed and produced feature films in both the independent world and within the studio system, when she suddenly and unexpectedly went into politics, joining President Obama’s field team at Organizing for America for the 2010 midterms and going on to serve as California State Field Director for the 2012 reelection campaign.  Cohen next served as CA State Director for Organizing for Action, harnessing the massive grassroots movement inspired by President Obama to support the White House’s second term policy agenda.  Cohen next applied Obama organizing principles and practices in the private sector, as Organizing Director in the public policy efforts at Airbnb.  In the spring of 2016, Cohen took the reins of LA2050 as Executive Director, with the mission of transforming the visionary initiative into a force for civic engagement and grassroots mobilization and advocacy around public policy crucial to the future of the Los Angeles region. 

Before the transition to public service, Cohen spent four years as President of Production at Warner Bros.-based Roserock Films, subsequent to serving five years as a producer and Senior Vice President of Production at Gaylord Films/Pandora, a co-financing, co-producing partner based at Warner Bros. Pictures, where she oversaw development and production of a slate of feature film projects. 

During her tenure there, Cohen produced the critically acclaimed family film DUMA (Warner Bros., 2005).  Directed by Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion, Fly Away Home), and starring Hope Davis, Campbell Scott and Eamonn Walker, DUMA was shot on more than 75 locations on every type of terrain across South Africa, and Cohen had the great fortune to direct 2nd Unit on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan and in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. DUMA was named the “Best Film of 2005” by LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan, and won multiple industry awards.

Cohen also served as Executive Producer of DREAMER (DreamWorks, 2005), starring Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, David Morse and Elizabeth Shue, and of Warner Bros.' WHITE OLEANDER (2002), starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger, Robin Wright Penn and Alison Lohman.

Before her time on the Warner lot, Cohen worked for four years at a Disney-based production company as Vice President of Development.  Cohen began her film career in the independent feature world in various production capacities on such films as Robert Altman's THE PLAYER and Bryan Singer's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize-winning PUBLIC ACCESS.

Cohen hails from Queens, NY, grew up in Great Neck on Long Island, and graduated from Harvard College, where she studied the history of architecture and wrote her thesis on Frank Capra and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

As the Director of Harvardwood Helps, Stacy is responsible for deepening Harvardwood’s commitment to community service. She raises awareness about causes of interest and seeks out opportunities to provide community service events to Harvardwood members.

Stacey Collins Ed.M. '00 | Director of Harvardwood Career Connections

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A native of Boston, Stacey Collins is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in publications such as Variety, the LA Times, and Creative Screenwriting. She teaches short fiction at Santa Monica College.

As Director of Harvardwood Career Connections, she facilitates the Career Advisor Program, which arranges informational interviews, and provides online resources on career trends. Her background as the administrator for the Office of Career Services helped prepare her for this role. She worked full-time at OCS while earning her Ed.M. with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy.

She also currently facilitates Harvardwood's cold reading series Actors Reading Writers for writers and actors to workshop original material.

Patricia Danaher NIE '05 | Director of Harvardwood Publishing

Email: publishing@harvardwood.org

Danaher.jpgPatricia Danaher is a journalist and producer, originally from Ireland. She writes about entertainment, travel and culture for a wide variety of international publications, including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mail. She also is on the jury for the Golden Globes.

A former television bureau chief and radio producer, Patricia covered the Northern Ireland Peace Process, breaking several key stories, and was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. As Director of Harvardwood Publishing, she recently oversaw the publication of The Seven Deadly Sins, an anthology of poetry and short stories from a range of American and international writers. She is also spearheading an initiative with the Nieman Foundation to publish several non-fiction books from Nieman Fellows in 2017.

She is currently working on a PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Dan Donahue | Director at Large

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Adam Fratto '90 | Founder & Director of the Harvardwood Film Festival

Email: adam@harvardwood.org

Adam Fratto is a seasoned creative executive with a proven track record in TV development, current programming, production, and feature films. Specialty in finding and developing genre programming (fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, horror, action).  History of creating profitable international business models and launching creative strategies.

Through his company, Adam has consulted with clients from tech startups to established networks, most recently for A+E Networks in 2016.  Currently, Adam is Exec Producing SEA CHANGE, a backdoor pilot for Lifetime TV, based on the YA genre novel of the same name.  Recently, he was co-Executive Producer of HAVEN, a supernatural drama based on Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid,” airing on Syfy in the U.S. and 100+ cable channels abroad.  This hit show, produced in Nova Scotia, has just concluded its sixth and final season. 

In addition, Adam spent the last five years working closely with Pukeko Pictures, sister company to New Zealand's famed Weta Workshop (LORD OF THE RINGS, AVATAR, DISTRICT 9), overseeing live-action content and developing a global slate of TV and feature projects.  This includes an edgy fantasy epic called CLEVERMAN, based in aboriginal mythology, which aired in 2016 to much acclaim on SundanceTV, Netflix, Australia’s ABC, and BBC3. Adam is Executive Producer of that series, along with Red Arrow Entertainment and Goalpost Pictures.  Season two will air in 2017.

Other projects recently developed by Adam include: an epic JOAN OF ARC series created by Craig Pearce (Gatsby, Moulin Rouge); a fantasy series based on the acclaimed LOWTOWN novels, written by David S. Goyer and Matt Fraction, for Universal TV; and a John Rogers-penned adaptation of the fan favorite comic RAT QUEENS.

Originally from upstate New York, Adam is a graduate of Harvard University and USC’s graduate program in Film & TV Production, where he produced the environmentally themed, Emmy-winning documentary WALKING WITH GIANTS. 

He began his career in 2000 at Mutual Film (Speed, Saving Private Ryan), then served as Creative Executive for Michael Douglas's Furthur Films.  There, he helped develop WONDER BOYS, ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL’S, DON’T SAY A WORD, and SWIMFAN.

In 2002, Adam joined Piller/Segan as VP, overseeing development and serving as Associate Producer on THE DEAD ZONE and WILDFIRE and Co-Producer on GREEK.  He was Associate Producer of indie feature BICKFORD SHMECKLER’S COOL IDEAS (Patrick Fugit, Olivia Wilde, Matthew Lillard).  From 2008 to 2011, Adam helped launch Atticus Entertainment, managing sports icon Jim Lampley’s first-look deal with HBO.

He is a member of the TV Academy, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and the Producers’ Guild.  He is also co-Founder of Harvardwood, an international association of 7,500+ alums in arts, media and entertainment.  A lifelong sinophile, he has lived, worked and studied in Beijing, Taipei and Hong Kong.  He currently resides with his family in South Pasadena, California. 

Daniel Gale Rosen | Associate Director of the Harvardwood Salon Series

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Transplanted from the Boston area, Daniel has somehow managed to adapt (mostly) to the Californian climate of warm weather and, you know, being nice to other people. He currently works in digital marketing, telling people how to use Facebook, and gets his creative fix by participating in writers' groups, which was his real introduction into the Harvardwood community. He's usually working on a few writing projects at once, mostly based on source materials that were written a while ago and are thankfully in the public domain so no one can sue him. Also, he eats brunch a lot. He graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a degree in History and Science, mainly because he couldn't decide.

Megan Goldstein | Director of Harvardwood Music

Email: music@harvardwood.org

megan.jpgMegan Goldstein is a Los Angeles native who, after graduating Harvard '05, returned quickly to her home city to attend graduate school at USC in Cinema/Television. After finishing school she spent six years at Warner Music Group negotiating sync for film, television, and trailers on the record label side. She is now a Director at BMG working in sync on the publishing side. She works with a broad range of clients including many music supervisors, as well as working with Universal Pictures, WB Pictures, Disney, CBS, HBO, among many others. Megan is also a musician, playing saxophone, and clarinet (and occasionally flute when she's forced to) around Los Angeles, as well as a singer with a small ensemble, The Dulcet Singers. She is also the Director of Handbells at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena where she conducts various groups and performs regularly.

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Email: allison@harvardwood.org

Allison is a screenwriter working in both TV and features. She sold her first pilot, a half-hour comedy, to ABC in 2014 and later developed the show at TV Land. She is currently working with ABC Studios on a new pilot as well as doing feature development with Millennium Films. She has a Bachelor's in Economics from Boston University and her Master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Before serving as President, Allison headed up the successful relaunch of the Harvardwood Writers Program for TV, which has seen four major studio spec sales and over a dozen writers staffed.

Marie Kim AB '04 | Director of the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program

Kim.jpgLos Angeles native Marie Kim and director of the Summer Internship Program shares her unforgettable, invaluable experiences with Harvard undergrads navigating uncharted waters in the arts, media, and entertainment industries, based on the support and resources she gained herself as a former College participant of Harvardwood. Recipient of the Jim Cramer Scholarship, Kim received her A.B. in Government.

Growing up in Hancock Park, Kim spent much of her early years as a student activist, though the Hollywood culture around her inspired creativity with entrepreneurialism. In college she worked at ABC, CBS and MTV, but later found her skills and passion had greatest impact in political and business management. Kim worked for President Obama in his second White House run and the Democratic National Committee, as pac finance chair for Eric Garcetti in the race for L.A. Mayor, and helped secure a win for reform candidates to the L.A. Board of Education. In Silicon Valley, Kim was the lead competitive strategy consultant for a billionaire angel then L.A. County field manager at a unicorn; additionally, she broke a Fortune 100 campaign’s national sales records to become its #1 account manager in the U.S. She is a member of the President Obama Alumni Association, serves on the Harvard Prize Book committee, and spends her days giving back to schools and families, providing leadership and educational guidance to students.

D. Dona Le AB '05 | Executive Director

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A native of Northern California, Dona Le is a screenwriter and currently serves as Executive Director of Harvardwood. Dona is also the Founder-Owner of Sibia Group LLC, which offers online admissions consulting and editing/proofreading services. She graduated from Harvard College in 2005 as a dual concentrator in Germanic Languages & Literatures and Music and later earned an M. Phil with Distinction in Literature from Trinity College Dublin.

Gene Pao MBA '97 | Director of the Harvardwood Mentorship Program

Email: hmp@harvardwood.org

Gene_Pao_Headshot_Small_(2014).jpgGene Pao is a 15 year veteran in the entertainment industry. After graduating Harvard Business School in 1997, he joined the Boston-based agency Strategic Interactive Group (now Digitas). In 1998, Gene moved to LA to help start up Viant's LA office, where he also developed business and marketing strategies for entertainment companies, including Columbia Tristar Home Video, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Sputnik7 (music video website co-founded by MTV's Les Garland). In 1999, Gene joined MusicNow, which later became Firstlook.com, one of the first companies to use streaming media to promote music, movies, video games, and television shows.

In 2001, after the first dotcom crash, Gene spent the next six years at Disney in the affiliate sales and marketing group where supported the cable network distribution negotiations for Disney Channel, ABC Family, the ESPN family of networks, and other emerging networks. He also developed new services such as VOD, interactive television, HD channels, and broadband services for Disney and ESPN, as well as providing industry analysis for senior executives. After Disney, Gene spent the next four years at Fox, first as VP Marketing and Business Development of Fox Interactive Media's Television Stations Group, and then as VP of New Media and International Development at FUEL TV, the action sports network.

From FUEL TV, Gene briefly consulted for YouTube's Sports Partnership group before joining NBCU, first as VP of Marketing for Golf Channel and then as the General Manager of Biggest Loser Digital, a joint project between NBC Entertainment and Shine America. In 2013, Gene joined Shout! Factory, an independent entertainment company, where he is currently SVP Digital Media.

Gene has a BS from N.C. State University and a Master's Degree from Cornell University. He resides in Hermosa Beach.

As one of the founding Harvardwood Board members, Gene went on hiatus for several years and recently rejoined to head up the Mentorship Program. He is also on the Board of the Harvard Business School Association of Southern California (HBSASC) and is the producer of the annual Harvard Hollywood Panel.

Michael Persaud MBA '94 | Director of Institutional Advancement

Email: michael.persaud@ampf.com

Persaud.jpgMichael Persaud is an expert in the space where entertainment, technology and culture all collide. Michael is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Business Development for Arc Media Interactive, a digital media and creative production company based in Los Angeles and Orange County. At Arc Media Michael is responsible for management, strategy, growth and development for the company.

In his prior role as President of Brand Development at MUSE Communications, Michael Persaud was responsible for shaping content strategy for the agency and its roster of clients, which include Honda, Wells Fargo Bank, JCPenney, Capcom Entertainment, CA State Lottery, and Farmers Insurance. In this role, Michael was charged with strategic oversight of digital media, intellectual property, and creative content, as well as new business development and creating ancillary revenue streams for the agency. To that end, he led a newly formed digital media studio that produced the agency’s digital content platforms.

Prior to joining Muse, in 2007, Michael founded Persaud Brothers Marketing & Advertising where he served as President for 8 years. At Persaud Brothers, he led a multi-dimensional team of youth culture experts in the areas of strategy, creative, promotions, interactive and entertainment marketing. Michael was responsible for regularly managing clients and staff in Persaud Brothers’ New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles offices. He built Persaud Brothers into a leading full service advertising agency with over $20 million in revenue that specialized in reaching a young, savvy, trend setting, Urban audience resistant to traditional marketing approaches. Michael was successful for attracting such clients as the White House’s Youth Anti-Drug Campaign, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Procter & Gamble, Nike, Brand Jordan, Target, HBO, Comedy Central, Timberland, Kyocera Wireless, Motorola, BoostMobile, Tanqueray, Crown Royal, Heineken, Budweiser, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and the New York Knicks.

From 1996 to 1998, Michael served as General Manager and VP of Marketing at Qwest/Warner Bros. Records were he was responsible for developing marketing and distribution strategies, negotiating partnership deals, and overseeing business and creative issues at the label.

In 1994 Michael was enlisted by Time Warner to help with the start-up of VIBE Magazine. Michael worked with the original start-up team in several areas including circulation, sales, and marketing. He was critical to establishing the magazine’s credibility and acceptance to both advertisers and consumers as a purveyor of Urban youth culture.

Described in Advertising Age and The Source Magazine as one of the pioneers of Urban marketing, Michael Persaud has also received recognition from AdWeek, BrandWeek, Variety, and The New York Times as a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 companies seeking understanding of the increasingly influential young Urban consumer. He has frequently been called upon to speak for professional and academic audiences at such institutions as Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, and the Wharton School of Business.

Michael holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed his undergraduate studies at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business with a BS in Finance.

Antoine Poissonnier MBA '08 | Co-Director of Social Media

Antoine_.pngAntoine has 20 years of experience developing and managing international retail and Ecommerce organizations in Europe, Russia, US. After developing the Russian subsidiary of $50B French retailer Auchan, now the largest foreign employer in Russia, Antoine founded the first private sales website dedicated to premium and luxury brands in Moscow. He was then hired by Ebay to help opening their Russian operations. As a consultant, Antoine helped companies like Hale Bob, Maxmara and Disney develop Ecommerce and global expansion. Antoine holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kelley Purcell AB '02 | Executive ConsultantPurcell.jpg

A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Kelley Purcell served as the Executive Director of Harvardwood from 2009 - 2014, charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the network. With a background in both arts administration and musical performance, she recently accepted an exciting position as the Executive Director for the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy(R) (aka the GRAMMYs(R)). In her new role she oversees all services and programs for Academy members in the Los Angeles area. A talented songstress in her own right, she has performed as a singer and songwriter since her undergraduate years at Harvard where she participated in the Kuumba Singers, Sisters (an a capella subset of Kuumba), and the Radcliffe Choral Society, and played a key role in the development of the Black Arts Festival. As an artist Kelley has toured the world with the Afro-funk band, Soulfège, and received several independent music awards and press recognition as the leading lady of the group. Her music is also featured in a multi-media stage show entitled SHATTERED GLASS, which chronicles the journey of a character that uses the arts to transcend from a state of victim to victory.

Ansley Rubinstein AB '10 | Associate Director of Harvardwood 101 & the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program

Email: 101@harvardwood.org

AnsleyR.jpgAnsley Rubinstein has been a dancer and actress since the age of six, spending her childhood years shuffling from the dance studio to the academic classroom and back. For high school, she attended Deerfield Academy, where she graduated Cum laude and earned the Harvard Book Award as well as distinctions for her accomplishments in dance and theatre. After a summer working in Amman, Jordan, and another summer traveling in Egypt, Ansley majored in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard, focusing on Arabic language and modern Arabic literature. During her time at Harvard, Ansley performed in dance and theatre productions at the ART, New College Theatre, Agassiz, Dance Center, and beyond. She was also Captain of the Harvard Crimson Dance Team, choreographing numerous original works and leading her team to the National Dance Alliance competition in Florida. Outside the performing arts realm, Ansley also wrote for the travel guide Let's Go, and her three years worth of research-writing and blogging in Australia, Greece, Austria, and Germany has been published and distributed internationally. When she is not still traveling to some remote corner of the world, Ansley works as an actor, dancer, and freelance writer in Los Angeles, where she has appeared in independent films, shorts, and webseries.

Amit Samuel EXT '05 | Director of Harvardwood 101 and the Harvardwood Talent Group

Email: 101@harvardwood.org

Born in India and raised in Los Angeles, Amit Samuel (ALB ‘05) went to college, like many South AsianSamuel.jpg students, to study medicine. Tragically (for his family anyway), he discovered politics and entertainment. After transferring to and graduating from Harvard, he landed at Discovery Networks. As the executive assistant the Senior Vice President, he is learning the true meaning of the phrase “starting at the bottom.” Nevertheless, working at Discovery combines his interests in entertainment, science, and advanced copier maintenance. In his free time, Amit manages local bands and singer-songwriters. He is also an unabashed foodie and is always on the lookout for a great taqueria, an interesting boite, or a fabulous izakaya.

As the Director for Harvardwood 101 and the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP), Amit is responsible for these two career development programs for current Harvard students. Harvardwood 101 is an annual career exploration program that brings two-dozen current undergraduates to Los Angeles during the January term and provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate them about careers in the entertainment industry. The HSIP provides a list of summer internship opportunities in the arts, media and entertainment to interested Harvard students and coordinates events for HSIP participants in various cities throughout the summer.

Joey Siara Ed.M. '14 | Associate Director of the Harvardwood Writers Program — TV

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Joey spent a good chunk of his twenties on tour with a noisy indie rock band called The Henry Clay People. He has seen nearly every state in the U.S. through the cracked window of a Ford Econoline van. His music is featured in several television shows including Sons of AnarchyCSI: New York, Good Morning America, and Gossip Girl. He once played an intoxicated musician in an episode of Parenthood. He has composed original music for Toyota, Kleenex, and Mountain Dew.

Joey has a Master’s in Education and has worked on shows for PBS, the Science Channel, and CNN. It is not uncommon for him to become verklempt while listening to Bruce Springsteen or while staring into the eyes of Edna, his exceptionally gassy rescue dog.

He is currently pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. When not cranking out scripts, he can be found playing music around LA with his bands, Fakers and Joey Division. 

Brooke Soliz Chavez AB '05 | Co-Director of Social Media

BrookeSoliz1.jpgBrooke Soliz Chavez has been on television through acting, modeling, pageants and TV hosting since she was a teenager.  Born and raised in Texas, Brooke ventured to Harvard University for college, where she majored in Government and was even part of Harvard’s very own soap opera “Ivory Tower.” She was also heavily involved in theater at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.

Upon graduation, Brooke got her start in broadcast news at CBS 2/KCAL 9 in Los Angeles as a News Associate.  Brooke then got her first on-camera reporting job in  Lubbock, TX as a general assignment reporter at ABC affiliate – KAMC 28 News.  She then relocated to Dallas, TX and worked as a reporter and anchor at “Irving Community Television Network”  and later as the host of “Inside DFW Entertainment TV.” After working at “Inside DFW,” Brooke realized one of her passions was TV hosting and so moved back to the entertainment capitol of the world - Hollywood!  

While in Los Angeles, Brooke has worked as a movie news host with “AMC Movie News” and a co-host with “AfterBuzz TV” where she has hosted after-shows for the popular TV programs ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami” and “Real Housewives of New Jersey,”  Fox’ “The Choice,” Style Network’s “Empire Girls," Bravo's "Vanderpump Rules" and CW’s “America’s Next Top Model.”  Brooke has also worked as a co-host at “Star Watch Media,” which covers movie premieres, red carpet events and press junkets.  

Brooke currently splits her time between Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco and continues to work as a professional TV host and model, while also gaining success as a social media sensation with her lifestyle blog and social media platforms!  Finding her second niche in digital media, Brooke is also the Founder and CEO of The Zilos Group, a PR and Social Media agency based in Los Angeles, CA.  

Adam Wolman AB '88 | Associate Director of the Harvardwood Writers Program — Features

Wolman.jpgAdam consults for companies and individuals creating content for all media. Comedy, drama, reality, documentary -- name the format and Adam's tried to be of service in helping tell a compelling story. Sometimes this turns out great and other times meh, but so far, happily, nothing he's worked on has been a total disaster.

In his first outing as a documentarian, Adam recently produced and co-wrote Tested, a film about the controversy over diversity at NYC's specialized high schools (Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech). The film premiered at DOC NYC and was named one of the best of the fest by the Village Voice, then screened at the White House. Unfortunately the screening did not convince our then-president to ignore the 22nd Amendment and run for a third term, so here we are.

As the #2 exec at HBO Digital, Adam developed short-form series for HBO’s digital platforms. As Executive Consultant, Disney/ABC Television Group, he was brought on to help launch ABC’s award-winning Micro-Mini Series; the position was expanded to include sharing oversight of the Disney/ABC Writing and Directing Fellowships and other programs designed to find and mentor diverse talent. Previously, Adam was VP, Original Series, Current and Development for MTV, where he was exec in charge of production on several series. He also served at ABC Entertainment as Director, Comedy Series Programming, and as Program Analyst at CBS Productions despite his childhood fear, still simmering today, of the CBS eye logo.

Before moving to L.A., Adam worked as an independent producer in Boston and in Massachusetts politics as a lobbyist and speechwriter for Mass Citizen Action. At Harvard he was a WHRB radio news editor/anchor who sometimes got to partner with the far-more-talented Scott Horsley, now NPR's White House correspondent. Adam sang in the Glee Club and with the Din & Tonics. He also acted in a couple of shows, including that Hasty Pudding thing, before exiting stage left with a degree in Linguistics and Psychology.

Back to the future: These days Adam still sings, tries to fight the power as VP Communications for the Pali Dem Club, serves on the UNICEF Speakers Series Committee, and lives more or less harmoniously with his TV writer/producer wife Eileen Heisler and their twin boys and their two cats.

MarkWooster-3.pngMark Wooster JD '84 | Director of the Harvardwood Salon Series

Email: salons@harvardwood.org

Mark is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has practiced law way too long, including 10 years as head of litigation for Universal Studios. He also teaches legal Continuing Legal Education courses in a comedy format, and has written a novel and some screenplays that you will see some day.

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