For the 2017-2018 term, the Calley Foundation selected ten Impact Fellows - exceptional young professionals from diverse fields and backgrounds - to collectively make up the inaugural class of the Calley Foundation Advisory Council.
The two primary goals of the Impact Fellowship and Advisory Council are to foster new skills for emerging leaders and to creatively generate ideas to fund worthy causes and people.
While Impact Fellows are not permitted to receive a direct financial benefit from this opportunity, Impact Fellows will be asked to creatively allocate a total of $100,000 from the Calley Foundation to non-profits organizations and/or programs that fulfill our mission of creating opportunities for talented, unrecognized youth.
Meet the 2017-2018 Calley Foundation Impact Fellows:
Austin Chanu is the Music Ensembles Director at the Los Angeles Music and Art School. He conducts and oversees the artistic direction of the youth orchestra, choir, and jazz ensemble while also teaching private woodwind and vocal lessons.
As a freelance conductor/composer, he works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Associate Composer's Program as a Teaching Assistant/Conductor and has guest conducted for the Occidental College New Music Ensemble.
Austin received his Bachelors of Music with high honors in Music Composition from the University of Southern California where he studied under Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, and Vince Mendoza.
Seyron Foo serves as the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), where he develops, organizes, and implements efforts to create a well-connected network of grantmakers and public officials. He provides public policy analysis to issues affecting the sector and key policy areas relevant to grantmakers, educates and informs government officials about philanthropic efforts, and identifies opportunities to convene grantmakers and government to tackle the state’s most pressing social issues.
Previously, Seyron served in several government sectors, including the California State Senate, New York City Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the City of Long Beach.
Seyron earned his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and his B.A. in Rhetoric and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kim Hasday is a licensed occupational therapist and the Director of Rehabilitation at Totally Kids Specialty Healthcare - Sun Valley, where she works with medically fragile children.
Kim completed her doctoral residency at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where she helped develop a lifestyle-based chronic pain program and started a weight management program for adults with chronic illness.
Prior to her work as an occupational therapist, Kim served as a mentor for pregnant teens and teen mothers, as well as a peer mentor for LGBTQ college students. Kim grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and attended USC for her undergraduate and post-graduate education.
Thed Jewel is an established Menswear Designer and Rapper from Los Angeles.
He works extensively with foster youth and uses his first-hand experience and abilities to bring awareness and funding to youth, people of colour, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals in shelters.
Brandon Kyle is an external relations and fundraising professional with over six years of community organizing and strategic planning experience.
He is a native of South Central Los Angeles, an active member in his community, and currently serves as a co-chair for the Los Angeles L.G.B.T. Center’s Young Professionals Council. Brandon is the Associate Director of Community Development and Annual Giving at Pomona College, and manages the organization’s alumni strategy for engagement activities both regionally and abroad.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies, and is currently working on his Doctorate in Education at the University of Southern California.
Michael McLean is a lawyer, an EMT, and an avid soccer player.
When not at work, he attempts to keep up with his wife, two daughters, and two cats.
He is also determined to leave this place better than he found it. Yes!
Veronica Renov was born and raised in Los Angeles, and went to film school at USC. After working in the film industry for a year she decided to change paths and go to medical school!
She was in school in Milwaukee, WI for the past 4 years and just moved back to LA to do her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
In her free time (which is all too rare these days) she likes running, drinking coffee, hanging out with friends and family and getting to know LA all over again!
Montea Robinson hails from New York City, having recently relocated to California as Program Director of Ghetto Film School Los Angeles.
After completing a BFA in Experimental Film from the State University of New York Purchase School of Film and Media studies, Montea began her career as a broadcast and post production producer in commercial advertising.
Montea is dedicated to serving young people with a passion for the arts.
Jessica Sykes is a passionate digital marketing professional with experience in the music and television industries.
With a background in innovative technologies and an American Studies degree from Yale University, she has broad knowledge of the ever-changing entertainment landscape. She believes that the evolution of technology and the advent of social media present a unique opportunity for young people to pursue the arts with more freedom than ever before.
Jessica enjoys thinking critically about the intersection of race, politics, gender, class, and pop culture and hopes to catalyze the re-examination of what is traditionally considered lowbrow art.
Jake Weinraub is a LGBTQ-affirmative psychotherapist based in Los Angeles, CA.
Jake works at the Los Angeles LGBT Center as a Mental Health Clinician for the Center’s contract with the City of West Hollywood, focusing on clinical services and mental health outreach to the city’s homeless and substance using populations.
Jake also works as a Resource Associate at TEEN LINE, a teen-to-teen crisis hotline, and has a private practice in Los Angeles.