Tracy Albert, Retired Former Head of Investment Banking for Deloitte Touché, Philanthropist, Photographer
Sherrie Berger is a photography consultant with a background in photography, art, and business. She has extensive experience in entertainment, high-end celebrity portraiture, fine art photography, production, editing, marketing and public relations. In addition to teaching and inspiring photographers, Sherrie continues to consult with private clients on photography events, such as The Lucie Awards, and PopArt Photo Show, on exhibitions, and with individual photographers on the presentation of their body of work and overall career trajectories. She conducts portfolio reviews at the Palm Springs Photo Festival, LACP’s Exposure Festival, and in New York during Photo Expo and is a member of the jury on several international photo competitions. Her career began at ABC television where she led the west coast network photo department, overseeing a team of publicists, photographers, producers and editors. Subsequently, she joined Corbis, one of the world’s leading international stock and syndication agencies, where she continued to work with the industry’s most talented photographers. Sherrie graduated with honors from UCLA’s fine art department with a degree in Art and Photography. She returns to her alma mater as a requested speaker in various classes and has participated in alumni entertainment mentoring events. Sherrie, a board member at LACP, is a contributor to APA National’s online Inspiration website, and a member of the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild of America.
William Broder, CPA PFS, Business and Wealth Manager and Photographer
Julia Dean is a photographer, educator, writer, and executive director/founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography. She began her career as an apprentice to pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott. Later, Julia was a photo editor for the Associated Press in New York. She has traveled to more than 45 countries while freelancing for numerous relief groups and magazines. Her extensive teaching experience includes 38 years at various colleges, universities and educational institutions including the University of Nebraska, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Santa Monica College, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Oxford University and the Los Angeles Center of Photography.
For the past 20 years, Julia has concentrated on street photography around the world. For the past 10 years, street shooting in downtown Los Angeles has been her primary focus. In 2015, her work was selected for a book published by Acuity Press and PDN magazine featuring 20 street shooters around the world. Julia and her work was also featured in Digital Photo Pro and Black & White Magazine UK in 2017. Two additional articles were published in 2019 about Julia and her work in Street Photography Magazine.
Julia received a Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska, and is the author/photographer of the award-winning children’s book, A Year on Monhegan Island.
Ken Deemer has spent his career coaching and mentoring entrepreneurial leaders. As an executive coach, he works with leaders and teams to help them achieve breakthrough performance. As a venture capitalist, he has more than 25 years of experience investing in and serving on the boards of several dozen companies where he has advised the CEOs on strategy and leadership. Ken served as General Partner of Interven Partners and was Co-Founder, Chairman, and President of the Tech Coast Angels, (www.techcoastangels.com), one of the largest and most active angel investor groups in the country.
As a philanthropist, Ken co-founded and served as Chairman of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners (www.lasvp.org) a group of business professionals who contribute their time, money, and expertise to help nonprofits expand their capacity and impact. He serves on the boards of Environmental Charter Schools and the Los Angeles Center of Photography and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach.
Earlier in his career, he was a co-founder of a direct marketing company, marketing manager of a computer peripherals company and a systems engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company.
Mr. Deemer holds BS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA, with distinction, from Carnegie-Mellon University. He holds coaching certifications (PCC) from the Co-Active Coaches Training Institute and Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching and a Directors’ Training Certification from UCLA. His wife, Candy, is an author and executive coach. They have three sons.
Michelle Elkins, Former Technology Executive and Private Investor
Eric Joseph is a photographer and Executive Vice President of New Business and Product Development at Freestyle Photographic Supplies. Eric graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1985 with a B.A. in Art, Specializing in Photography. With over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry, he has unique access to vast technical resources and always seeks to share important and accurate information with as many folks as possible. Eric travels across the United States leading seminars and workshops related to digital printmaking. The most notable of which is entitled, “The World of Inkjet Paper…The Print Matters!” Speaking at colleges, universities, commercial labs, photo clubs, art centers and professional photographic organizations, Eric teaches digital printmaking with an emphasis on empirical knowledge allowing folks to make informed decisions about their digital output and how to obtain consistent, reliable, repeatable and controllable results.
Ali Rahman Talib LeRoi was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois during the turbulent 60s, a time that gave birth to black activism and empowerment movements that resonate even more today than when they were conceived. With a love for photography that began with his fascination at the photo journalism in Life Magazine, as well as the culturally significant editorial and street imagery found in the iconic periodicals Ebony and Jet Magazine, Ali has found inspiration for his street work in the black diaspora, and in the depictions of black people in particular, as full human beings; people with complex narratives, members of families, people with desires, men women and children with hopes and dreams and experiences that extend beyond an all too familiar framing of the black life as pain. His imagery offers representations of a black experience, the black space, broken yet thriving, a people in search of a ground zero, a place to call home. This work is an attempt to know these people, so that we might all see a bit of ourselves.
Photography is Ali’s latest expression in his evolving passion for art. Having begun his career as a member of a sketch comedy team in Chicago, Ali began travelling the country as a performer, resulting in appearances on a number of then newly minted television shows as part of an exploding comedy scene.
Ali eventually parted with the group and began a successful career as a solo act, spending years on the road with his close friend Bernie Mac, prior to Mac’s time as a standout in the legendary Kings of Comedy. After Bernie’s untimely death in 2008, Ali would speak at his funeral, giving a singular eulogy befitting his friend and mentor, The Mac Man.
Ali moved on from his work with Bernie to write for another close friend and rising star, Chris Rock. Ali’s collaborations with Chris on HBO’s “The Chris Rock Show”, the films Down to Earth, Pootie Tang, and Head of State, and their crowning achievemenrt as partners “Everybody Hates Chris”, would catapult Ali into the a-list of television writers and showrunners.
In that time Ali continued to write, while exploring work as a musician, referring to himself as “the world’s okayetst bassist”, creating a podcast, Alias Smith and LeRoi, with his friend Owen H.W.Smith, where they had candid and freewheeling interviews with the likes of Debbie Allen, Lena Waithe, Tiffany Haddish, Reggie Hudlin, and the Bishop Don Magic Juan.
Ali partnered with Ice Cube to develop the hit TBS series Are We There Yet? (based on the film of the same name) which was picked up by the network in the groundbreaking 10/90 deal pioneered by Tyler Perry. Working with stars Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, and Keesha Sharp – with guest stars such as Joan Rivers, Michael Strahan, Anthony Anderson, and SNL Icon Darrell Hammond, Ali produced 100 episodes of television on 18 months, a feat accomplished by no one other that Tyler Perry himself.
Ali has since gone on to direct and write on the Lebron James produced/ critically acclamined series Survivors Remorse, and most recently, helming his debut as a feature film director, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson.
Ali has won one and been nominated for five Emmy’s, he’s won two NAACP Image Awards, been nominated for A Golden Globe, A WGA Award, and has been recognized by AFI for his outstanding achievements in television.
Ali has also served on the Board of the Producer’s Guild of America, is currently a board member of the Los angeles Center of Photography, and holds the current chair as President of The Humanitas Prize, a non-profit organization that awards and promotes the craft of television and film writers. Originally from Chicago, Ali LeRoi currently lives in Los Angeles.
Lori recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City. In New York, Lori owned a successful real estate marketing and sales company, where she worked on numerous residential developments across North America.
Currently, Lori focuses on Photography and Philanthropy. Lori serves on the Board of Trustees of Los Angeles Center of Photography, The International Center of Photography in New York City, and Penumbra Organization.
Lori’s passion for photography started when her father, the inventor of the digital watch and a lover of technology, bought her the Konica camera in the early 70’s. He imbued her with an interest in technology and gave her confidence to be curious and not fear failure. As a result, in her basement darkroom, Lori has always felt comfortable creating many styles of images using various film types, alternative processes, exposure modes as well as different development techniques. This practice continues today as Lori explores innovative ways to capture and process her work.
After graduating from the International Center of Photography Continuing Education Program in 2014, Lori earned recognition from multiple organizations including: The International Fine Art Photography Awards, The International Photography Awards for Street Photography, The New York Center for Photographic Art, and South x Southeast Magazine.
Lori’s work was previously exhibited at (Le) Poisson Rouge Gallery, Umbrella Arts Gallery, Handwright Gallery, South x Southeast Gallery and selected to be a part of the International Center of Photography #ICPConcerned exhibit.
Pamela Schoenberg, Owner, dnj Gallery
Aline Smithson is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She received a BA in Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working alongside some the greats of fashion photography, Aline returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.
She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.
Aline is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. She has been an educator at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001 and her teaching spans the globe. In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community and also and she received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2014 and 2019, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50.
In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. In the Fall of 2018 and again in 2019, her work was selected as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2019, Kris Graves Projects commissioned her to create the book LOST II: Los Angeles that is now sold out. Her books are in the collections of the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, among others. With the exception of her cell phone, she only shoots film.