Danielle Brown serves as Administrative Director, Service Line Development & Planning, for CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. She is responsible for leading and managing key strategy and business development efforts by working closely with executive and clinical leaders to create service-line and functional area strategic and growth plans, as well as provide support for additional business development endeavors.
Prior to joining Hollywood Presbyterian, Ms. Brown was Operations Analyst at Dignity Health’s San Francisco corporate offices where she was an integral member of the System Operations team providing project management and analytic support by driving initiatives, programs, and services that enable the organization to deliver on its mission, strategies, growth and goals.
Ms. Brown received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from San Diego State University, a Master of Science in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge and a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University. Her extensive knowledge and experience in healthcare management and delivery allows her to maintain valuable insight and understanding of the ever-evolving healthcare landscape.
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."
Berj Tashjian has been deeply rooted in East Hollywood for over 4 decades as a Property Owner, Entrepreneur and Community Activist. Currently, he is the Executive Director of a privately held Real Estate Investment Trust. Formerly, as President/CEO of CBT Int’l Trading Corp and Proprietor of Berjo’s World Famous Discount Center, he specialized in Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances for World-Wide Sales and Distribution.
Tashjian received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy with an emphasis in Organizational Development and Leadership. He is active with the Bedrossian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise and Volunteers with the Athenian Society as a Professional Mentor to International Graduate Students.
In his early career, Berj earned his BS in Microbiology from Cal State LA and worked as a Research Microbiologist for Highland Laboratories. He was later selected for R&D at Aerojet Corp for the US Department of Defense; developing strategic defensive mechanisms used in biological warfare. This background gives him a unique perspective as a recent Member of the Healthcare Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
A long-respected community leader, Berj has been supportive of numerous charitable organizations. For over 30 years, he has collaborated with his wife, Anita, in her work with the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Childhelp, in combating Child Abuse and Neglect throughout the USA. He is an active member of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) and the immediate past Vice-Chair of the East Hollywood BID. He serves as the Chaplain for the LA Lodge of Knights of Vartan and as an advisor to the Educational and Charitable Committee.
Born in Jerusalem, Berj immigrated to Los Angeles as a teenager settling in Hollywood. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son, often traveling together to explore the world. His extensive Fine Art and Antique collection began as a hobby and developed into a serious passion of a lifetime.
Mr. Tashjian is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the residents and business community of East Hollywood.
Maria Elena Aguilar
Mari Aguilar is a senior communications specialist at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) where she leads the critical work of positioning the medical center in the hearts and minds of Kaiser Permanente’s key stakeholders. Ms. Aguilar is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help to enhance Kaiser Permanente’s brand. These strategies include media coverage, social media engagement, online reputation management, as well as internal and external corporate communication efforts. Ms. Aguilar’s internal storytelling has helped to promote engagement among the 6,500 employees and physicians at LAMC. Ms. Aguilar joined Kaiser Permanente in 2010 as a communications specialist for the West Los Angeles Medical Center. There, she secured extensive media coverage for the organization, served as the lead public affairs consultant for issues management, and was a driving force behind numerous employee engagement initiatives. At West Los Angeles, she also managed the production of three Kaiser Permanente “Thrive” commercials, in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente’s national Marketing division. Most recently, Ms. Aguilar served as a senior communications specialist for Community Benefit at Kaiser Permanente’s Regional Corporate Communications department. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Aguilar was manager of Public and Community Relations for El Clasificado/Al Borde, a leading Spanish language media organization with a weekly reach of over 2 million (online and print). Ms. Aguilar earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. She is currently pursuing a Master of Communication Management degree from the University of Southern California.