Harvey Shield is immediate past President of Temple Knesset Israel of Hollywood, a conservative synagogue, which has been providing spiritual and community services in East Hollywood since 1926. He has also served on the boards of the Carroll Avenue Restoration Foundation and the Silverlake Children’s Theater Group. Harvey grew up in London, England and has resided in Los Angeles since 1975. Professionally, he has enjoyed a long career in the creative arts as a musician, songwriter, actor and entertainer and is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), AFTRA-SAG (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists/ Screen Actors Guild) and BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts.) He continues to perform with the Mighty Echoes, an a cappella quartet, and hosts a monthly salon, the Hipster Replacements. What is your favorite thing about East Hollywood? The diverse nature of the community and the fact that East Hollywood provides services for people living way beyond its boundaries.
Ask Jeff Zarrinnam practically any question about Hollywood and he will have the answer. Jeff was born in Hollywood at Kaiser Permanente Hospital more than 50 years ago and makes his home in Hollywood. Jeff also works in Hollywood, is the President and CEO of Hollywood-based Zarco Hotels Inc. which owns the Hollywood Hotel, of which he is the hotel Director and President and CEO of Chateau Celeste Inc., which owns the Chateau Celeste Hotel in Hollywood. Jeff’s fascination with Hollywood is as deep as his roots in the community. The re-established Hollywood Hotel on Vermont Avenue was purchased by Zarco Hotels, Inc. in 1994. Jeff has amassed many original items from the hotel’s first location on Hollywood Boulevard. In addition to renovating Hollywood Hotel, Jeff is restoring the 31- suite Chateau Celeste, an upscale boutique hotel directly across the street from Hollywood Hotel, which was originally built in 1927. Jeff works tirelessly to improve Hollywood; he is the Steering Committee Chairman of the Proposed Hollywood Route 66 Business Improvement District and the Hollywood Western Business Improvement District. He is also on the Tourism Improvement District Steering Committee for the LA Tourism and Convention Board. Jeff’s philanthropic work is equally renowned. He is a founding board member and Treasurer of the East Hollywood Los Feliz Homeless Coalition, and is a sponsor of the Hollywood Christmas Parade benefitting Toys For Tots. Jeff is also a Board Member and Vice President of the LA Cedars Rotary Club and a supporter Project Angel Food, , Hollywood Boys and Girls Club, Hollywood Police Activities League and Hollywood Central Park. Anyone who knows or works with Jeff does not try to reach him in the early mornings because he hikes the Hollywood Hills daily. These treks allow him to unplug, reinforce his Hollywood footing and embrace the magnificent view that people the world over travel to see. Jeff is an avid Tennis Player and Skier. Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Mandy, a well-known Los Angeles event planner, and his twin boys, Alex and Aiden.
As the Director of Public Relations at the Church of Scientology, Susanna has worked in different capacities within community relations for the Church for the last seven years, all that time here in Hollywood. Being originally from Sweden, she has had the opportunity to both meet and work with a huge variety of ethnicities and people since being here in Los Angeles. By working with individuals from different groups and backgrounds, she has also gained experience in working with members of other faiths and local volunteer organizations. Susanna enjoys working in Hollywood and is committed to continuously work with members of the community and ultimately help make the East Hollywood community thrive.
Jacques has been a long term investor and developer in various parts of Hollywood. Upon graduating from University of Colorado, he started his first service business (Ori's Service Center) on April of 1981 on South West corner of Highland and Fountain. He is a co-founder of Lombardi House (a historical event venue), and his other projects include Wonderlust Yoga on Highland Ave. Jacques owns and manage numbers of low-income housings projects in various parts of Hollywood. Currently, he is working to transform an existing vacant theater in heart of East Hollywood to a world-class, live entertainment complex called The Vermont. Jacques believes in community work to better the quality of life for everyone. He has served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations and neighborhood councils. Jacques's favorite thing about East Hollywood is being a part of its transformation to a great living and working community, in addition to its diverse culture and population. Jacques is dedicated to enhance the experience and the commercial desirability of the area for residents and visitors, by making it a safer and cleaner community to live in and also attract new businesses. East Hollywood is a hidden gem and has an exciting future. The best way to predict East Hollywood's future is to create it. "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."
Ellen Zaman is Director, Community Affairs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a 317 bed tertiary care pediatric teaching hospital. Ms. Zaman has held various leadership roles with responsibilities for the operations, clinical, teaching, and research activities of numerous Hospital Departments. Her focus on equity, access, and sustainable programming has led to the implementation of numerous hospital and external programs related to child and family health, workforce development, and community development. Actively working with many healthcare, business, government, professional and civic organizations, Ms. Zaman is involved in many city, county and regional initiatives. She serves on the Board of Governors of the East Hollywood Business Improvement District and on committees of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she has chaired the Metro Hospital Collaborative, led the Board of the Los Angeles Roundtable for Children, and worked on various public- private partnership activities in efforts to expand access to healthcare service systems. She is the Principal Investigator on numerous grants addressing access, pediatric healthcare delivery and maternal and child health. Most recently, she received an Innovation Grant from the American College of Health Care Executives in which she launched a public policy and advocacy series for emerging health leaders in Southern California and is also a dedicated preceptor for graduate students in health administration. Ms. Zaman is President-elect of the Board of Health Care Executives of Southern California, local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital Association of Southern California. As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Ms. Zaman is Board Certified in health care management and received the 2011 Southern California Regent’s Award for Senior Level - Health Care Leader. She is a 2010 Fellow of the Southern California Leadership Network/Leadership Los Angeles. She is a graduate of New York University and Fordham University, New York.
James Underdown has been Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles since 1999. He has written for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. He is also the founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Groups, the world’s largest paranormal investigation team. He has publicly represented the CFI in church/state separation issues, as well as in promoting science and the philosophy of secular humanism. Jim is the creator of the Steve Allen Theater at CFI-L.A. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, podcasts, radio programs, and has spoken at scores of conferences and other public gatherings to promote secular humanism and skepticism. He has also officiated at dozens of secular weddings, memorials, and baby namings. His many pre-CFI endeavors include writing and directing short films (A Day in the Life of Frank Sinatra, The Test, Dear Father), and directing his stage play, Party of 13, a secular re-telling of the Last Supper. Jim is a graduate of DePauw University (B.A., 1982) "I’ve lived and worked in East Hollywood for over 10 years now and have seen great positive changes. The EHBID has been a beneficial influence on the area and I’m happy to be a part of its efforts," said Underdown.