Meet Our Board

Raul Barreto

Raul personifies the transformation of ManifestWorks. An 2014 alumnus, Raul grew up living in neighborhoods where gangs, poverty and drugs were a part of daily life. Raul currently works as a freelance Production assistant, aspiring to produce major motion pictures. In addition to being an ManifestWorks board member and class advisor, Raul volunteers his time visiting those locked in juvenile and adult prisons

Carol Biondi

Carol has been an Advocate for children and youth in the foster care and delinquency systems for 40 years and has served on numerous non-profit boards and on several Government committees and commissions.  Currently she is a Commissioner on the LA County Commission for Children and Families and the California Governor’s Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She is also on the Board of the Children’s Defense Fund, The United Friends of the Children and The Anti Recidivism Coalition. She is married, has two daughters and six grandchildren.

Brendan Countee

Brendan Countee is Vice President of Development and Production at Showtime Networks. He helped launch original programming at Hulu with shows like CASUAL, THE MINDY PROJECT and DIFFICULT PEOPLE. Before that he was a comedy writer and performer for Handsome Donkey. Before joining the board at ManifestWorks, Brendan spent a decade volunteering as a mentor for incarcerated children in Los Angeles County. 

Grant DeVaul

Grant is a Senior Vice President and co-founder of The Core Group at Morgan Stanley, which provides Family Wealth Management. Grant and his wife Virginia are committed to supporting the most needy communities in Los Angeles.  In addition to the ManifestWorks board, Grant currently serves on the board of 826LA bringing educational access to Los Angeles students to pursue their creative and expository writing skills.

 

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Lucy Firestone

Lucy is the co-founder of Wild Precious Life, a lifestyle company that produces and curates experiences and products designed to catalyze transformation and inspire freedom. With a background in film industry, she continues to develop projects that she is passionate about. She also serves on the board of InsideOut Writers and has spent many Saturdays with incarcerated youth at Camp David Gonzales in a mentoring/life skills program that seeded for ManifestWorks.

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Art Gonzales

Art works as a freelance production assistant in television, commercials, and music videos. Art is also a story consultant and creative with goals of becoming a producer. Additionally, Art volunteers his time mentoring others and in advocacy for social justice reforms. He serves as a board member for ManifestWorks.

 

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Elizabeth Rice Grossman

Elizabeth has served as a member of the State Commission for First Five California.  She also served as a Probation Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco, and currently serves on several not-for-profit board of directors, including the Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation.  She has served as a volunteer in youth incarceration facilities in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu.

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Jan Levine

Formerly a juvenile court judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court, Jan continues to work with underserved and incarcerated youth.  She is a member of the county Probation Commission and also volunteers as a writing teacher within the county’s detention facilities for Inside Out Writers.  She is the mother of three adult children, an amateur photographer and struggles in pursuit of French fluency. 

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Diane McArter 

Diane is the founder of Furlined, Love Child and Jefferson Projects, and co-founder of ManifestWorks. With over 30 years experience in commercial advertising, she's committed to producing creative and strategic content that will influence and effect social change. She has served on The Board of Governors for the AICP/Museum of Modern Art and has participated as a judge at the Cannes Festival.

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Dan Seaver

A former journalist and advertising copywriter, Dan is one of the founders of ManifestWorks.  He spent more than a decade as a volunteer in a Los Angeles youth incarceration facility, and is currently a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. He is married and has a daughter. 

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Shelly Townshend 

Shelly has worked as a Commercial Production Executive for 20 years, representing many internationally acclaimed Directors, and overseeing projects shooting all over the world.  She is a member of the AICP Negotiating Committee, and has most recently become deeply involved in diversity issues as they relate to the film industry.  She is a member of the Ghetto Film School Advisory Board, and a member of the Commercial Director Diversity Program Committee.

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Prophet Walker

Prophet is a businessman, an engineer and an advocate for justice reform. Access to educational opportunities nurtured Prophet’s own transformation, and he is studied engineering at Loyola Marymount University, quickly entering the construction business. Now, a builder, developer and co-founder of Upwell Real Estate, Prophet is intent on bringing opportunity to underserved communities around California. 

 
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Chip Warren

The third founding member of ManifestWorks, Chip is a storyteller at heart and has applied his passion to projects that inform, persuade, and enlighten, with a keen interest in social justice issues. Chip has produced and directed documentaries for film and broadcast partners, as well as educational media that’s used in universities and public institutions nationwide.