Alliance Governing Board

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MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS

 

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Joe Drake

JOE DRAKE - BOARD CHAIR

Chairman, The Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

 

Joe Drake is a leading entrepreneur and one of Hollywood’s most respected studio executives. As Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Mr. Drake is responsible for overseeing the Company’s feature film business, including acquisitions, production, marketing and distribution. He leads a team responsible for a portfolio of films that has generated over $10 billion at the worldwide box office over the past six years. 


Lionsgate’s upcoming film slate includes Roland Emmerich’s epic action film ​Midway​, the whodunit murder-mystery ​Knives Out​ directed by Rian Johnson, Jay Roach’s timely drama starring Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman, I Still Believe ​, the follow-up to the Erwin Brothers’ faith-based hit ​I Can Only Imagine​, a re-imagining of ​Saw​ starring Chris Rock, ​Hitman’s Bodyguard 2 and ​John Wick 4​. 


Mr. Drake returned to Lionsgate in October 2017 when the Company acquired Good Universe, the production and distribution company that he co founded and ran with partner Nathan Kahane, who is now President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. During his previous tenure as head of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group from 2007-2012, Mr. Drake and his team launched the studio’s global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, which grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide, the box office smash Expendables films, multiple Oscar® winner Precious, and Tyler Perry films.

 

One of the industry’s foremost innovators, Mr. Drake has launched two companies of his own, Good Universe and Mandate Pictures. At Good Universe, he shepherded the company’s overall business and was responsible for building key financial, creative and strategic partnerships. While there, he partnered with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver’s Point Grey Pictures on a series of critically acclaimed comedy hits including ​Neighbors ​and ​The Night Before, ​that partnership has now carried on to Lionsgate. As head of Mandate Pictures from 2004-2007, Mr. Drake produced the Academy Award​®​-winning blockbuster ​Juno​,​ ​the​ ​Golden Globe®​ -nominated ​Hope Springs ​and ​50/50, ​and​ ​the breakout Seth Rogen comedy ​This Is The End​. 


Earlier in his career, Mr. Drake held executive positions at Rysher Entertainment and Moviestore Entertainment.

 

 

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Virgil RobertsVIRGIL ROBERTS - BOARD SECRETARY

Managing Partner of Bobbitt & Roberts

 

Virgil Roberts is currently the managing partner of Bobbitt & Roberts, a law firm which he helped form. Mr. Roberts is also the co-creator of UCLA’s African American Studies Center. Mr. Roberts has a background in the entertainment industry as he previously formed the law firm of Manning & Roberts, which represented a number of entertainment clients primarily from the recording industry and he once served as president of Solar Records. Mr. Roberts has given many lectures and speeches to lawyers and law students interested in the entertainment industry. He has participated in panel discussions for such organizations as the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, the National Association of Securities Professionals, and the American Law Institute. 

 

Currently, Mr. Roberts is a member of the Audit Committee of Broadway Federal Bank, he also serves as Trustee of the James Irvine Foundation; Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Claremont Graduate School; Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Bridgespan Group; Chairman of Families In Schools; Director of Southern California Public Radio, the Community Foundation Land Trust, the Fedco Foundation, Community Build, and the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. In recognition of his philanthropic work, Mr. Roberts was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter with the 2011 Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

 

 

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Kamala Avila-SalmonKAMALA AVILA-SALMON - BOARD MEMBER

Head of Inclusive Content, The Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

 

Kamala Avila-Salmon is the first-ever Head of Inclusive Content for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, a role aimed at developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies to reflect a globally diverse audience in the studio’s film slate. After pursuing her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University, she has worked across music, movies, TV, tech, and streaming entertainment, leading marketing campaigns for Janelle Monae, The Voice, and Red Table Talk, to name a few. 

Her current role positions her to pursue the north star that brought her to LA: diversifying the powerful images and messages disseminated by Hollywood. She is an outspoken voice on issues of race, racism, and anti-Blackness, penning several Medium articles on DEI in the workplace and in the entertainment industry specifically as well as hosting and creating the podcast, “From Woke to Work: The Anti-Racist Journey”, geared at helping people go from "woke" feelings to clear, effective action to advance racial justice.
 
 

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Tom HeymannTOM HEYMANN - BOARD MEMBER

President and Chief Executive Officer, National Notary Association

 

Since 2012 Heymann has led the National Notary Association which has trained, served and advocated for nearly 200 million Notaries Public since 1957. He also oversees the following enterprises operated by NNA Services LLC: Trusted Notary Solutions for Employers, SigningAgent.com, RealstateBackgrounds.com, and NNASuretyBonds.com, NNA Insurance Services, LLC, the California Notary Association and Immigration Forms Specialist Training & Support. Heymann has more than 40 years of experience in executive management and corporate governance in operationally complex, service intensive environments spanning a variety of industries including education, retail, technology and restaurant. 

 

In education he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s largest private provider of early education. In retail, Heymann served as President of Disney Stores, Inc., which included their global presence in retail, online and catalog enterprises. In technology, he has served on the boards of several public technology companies, including MP3.com, Loudeye Technologies, Atari and Tickets.com. Additionally, he was the managing director and co-founder of venture capital firm Digital Coast Ventures. In the restaurant industry, he served as President of The Levy Restaurants and Mastro’s Restaurants, LLC. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University.

 

 

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Clarence MillerCLARENCE G. MILLER - BOARD MEMBER

Retired, Founding Principal, Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy High School

 

Dr. Clarence G. Miller was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and is the youngest of four brothers and two sisters. At the age of 10, he moved with his family from the segregated South to a more inclusive community in Long Island, New York where he attended and graduated from elementary and high schools. He graduated from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in History.  While there he captained the basketball and track teams his junior and senior years, chaired the Black Student Union and co-authored the proposal (Project New City) for the school’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Upon graduation, he accepted the position as Founding Director of the EOP at Plattsburgh State University. He later graduated from City University of New York, Queens College with a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Counseling Psychology and the University of Texas with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Administration. While attending Texas, he founded the Tutoring for Reading Improvement Math Achievement and Counseling Services (TRI-MAC) non-profit organization to provide academic, social and emotional support to African American students as they integrated the Austin Independent School District. 

  

Shortly after meeting his future wife, he relocated to Los Angeles, California and began a career in telecommunications with Pacific Bell (AT&T) where he led high performing teams in publishing, sales and government affairs. In 1995, he retired from Pacific Bell and began a career leading public secondary schools in Long Beach, California and later Houston, Texas. He retired from the Texas Public School System in 2010 and moved back to Los Angeles. However, his retirement lasted only one year and in 2011 Clarence began leading the development of a charter high school (Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy) in the Watts area of Los Angeles with The Alliance for College Ready Public Schools, in 2016, Simon Technology Academy was recognized by Newsweek as one of the top high schools in America. He retired on July 1, 2016. 

 

His memberships have included Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boule), 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Wescom Credit Union Board of Directors, Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Inglewood Chamber of Commerce, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Mount St. Joseph Grand Lodge A.F.A.M. and the Texas Council for the Preparation of Personnel for the Handicapped. 

 

Clarence currently lives in Frisco, Texas with his wife of 37 years, Patricia Howell Miller and is the father of Jeremy Miller of San Antonio, Texas and Cameron Miller of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 

 

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Janette Rodriguez-PackJANETTE RODRIGUEZ-PACK - BOARD MEMBER

Chief Academic Officer, STEM Prep Schools

Former Principal, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School

 

For over 20 years, Janette Rodriguez-Pack has worked as an educator in some of the most impoverished communities throughout Los Angeles. Under her leadership as Assistant Principal and Principal, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School was acknowledged as the California Charter School of the Year in 2011 and received the California Distinguished Schools Award in 2009 and 2013. Prior to becoming the Chief Academic Officer of STEM Prep Schools comprehensive TK-12 instructional programming, Ms. Rodriguez-Pack was the founding principal of Math and Science College Preparatory, which received the California Gold Ribbon Award in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

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Moises SilvaMoises Silva - BOARD MEMBER

Structural Engineer at Northrop Grumman

Class of 2021 Alumnus, Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science School

 

Moises Silva is a Class of 2012 Alumnus of Alliance Stern MASS. In 2016, he graduated from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is currently a Structural Engineer at Northrop Grumman. Moises previously served on Alliance's Young Professionals Board from 2016 to 2020 and chaired a committee and has spearheaded raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships for Alliance alumni. Moises is passionate about leveraging data to make informed decisions and drive growth, and values diversity in the workplace, opportunities for professional development, and giving back to the community.