The Advisory Committee guided the initiative and shaped its vision, goals and recommendations to the board.

The advisory committee is led by three co-chairs: Tim Dang, the former Producing Artist Director at East West Players; Helen Hernandez, President and Founder of The Imagen Foundation and executive producer of the Imagen Awards; Maria Rosario Jackson, Institute Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University.

Over 130 individuals self-nominated or were nominated to participate on the committee. The co-chairs carefully reviewed the nomination list and recommended 36 community leaders from across a variety of sectors to serve on the Advisory Committee, striving for diverse representation including ethnicity, disciplines, age, LGBTQ and able-challenged communities.


Tim.jpgTim Dang is the Producing Artistic Director at East West Players. This season marks Tim’s 23rd year as Producing Artistic Director. Under Tim’s leadership, EWP has grown from a 99-seat black box space to a professional 240-seat mid-sized theater. In 2006, Tim and EWP played an instrumental role creating “The Next Big Bang,” the first ever national convening of 200 APA arts leaders, academics and artists. In 2009, he was recognized with the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. Tim is on the board of Arts for LA and the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA). Recent directing credits: “Beijing Spring,” “Chess,” “A Little Night Music,” “Krunk Fu Battle Battle,” “Imelda: A New Musical,” “Pippin,” “Equus,” “Mysterious Skin.” Tim has directed at Singapore Repertory Theatre, Panasian Repertory Theatre (New York), Celebration Theatre, West Coast Ensemble and Perseverance Theatre (Juneau)

Helen.jpgHelen Hernandez is the President and Founder of The Imagen Foundation and Executive Producer of the Imagen Awards. Over the last 30 years, the Imagen Foundation has honored Latinos and Latino culture. The Imagen Awards exemplify the best of what Hollywood can produce in portraying the image of Latinos and Latino culture. Prior to establishing the Imagen Foundation, Ms. Hernandez was the Vice President of Public Affairs for Embassy Communications (presently Sony Pictures Entertainment) supervising programs that enhanced the company’s reputation in the national community for socially and culturally sensitive programming. Helen serves on the national Board of Directors of Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and serves as Co Chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Los Angeles County Arts Commission, President’s Council of Cal State LA University, Los Angeles Council for the Women’s History Museum, and the National Association for the Hispanic Elderly and is also a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Maria Rosario Jackson is Institute Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. In 2013, President Obama appointed Maria to the National Council on the Arts. She serves on the advisory board of the Lambent Foundation and on boards of directors of the National Performance Network and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Maria is the former director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute, where she was based for 18 years. There, she led research on arts and culture indicators, measuring cultural vitality, arts and culture in comprehensive community revitalization, development of art spaces, and support systems for artists. Maria earned a doctorate in urban planning from UCLA and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Southern California. 



Tim Dang, Co-Chair

Helen Hernandez, Co-Chair

Maria Rosario Jackson, Co-Chair


Betty Avila                

Glenna Avila

Carlos Benavides

Deborah Borda

Pamela Bright-Moon

Ben Caldwell

Barbara Carrasco

Juan Devis

Julia Diamond

John Echeveste

Jordan Elgarbly

Quetzal Flores

Edgar Garcia

Kiki Ramos Gindler

Mynor Godoy

Leslie Ito

Letitia Fernandez Ivins

Joel Jacinto

Charmaine Jefferson

Gregorio Luke

Claudia Margolis

Kathy McDonnell

Rachel Moore

Elena Muslar

Prumsodun Ok

Debra Padilla

Claire Peeps

Randy Reinholz

Luis Rodriguez

Koji Steven Sakai

Jose Luis Valenzuela

Diana Vesga

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