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Staff & Board of Directors

Executive Director
Rebecca's professional career is dedicated to fostering relationships between people(s) that promote dignity and respect. She has spent the last decade working in non-profit organizations committed to addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including seven years working on the ground in Jerusalem. Rebecca joins KEEN LA after serving as Deputy Director of Development for J Street Southwest preceded by 6 years at Encounter where she led hundreds of Jewish leaders to Palestinian areas of the West Bank and facilitated difficult conversations about the conflict. Prior to Encounter she held positions at Search for Common Ground, Breaking the Silence and Ultimate Peace. In these positions she contributed to the design and implementation of a number of programs that emphasized sports, social entrepreneurship, print and television media, as well as face to face interactions as tools for transforming conflict. Out of a passion for the game, and recognition of its unique contribution to the field of peace building, Rebecca helped establish the sport of Ultimate Frisbee in Israel and the West Bank by forming and leading a group of volunteer trainers and coaching youth teams herself.

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 Rebecca Polivy
Executive Director
info@keenlosangeles.org
213-267-1777

   
   

Board of Directors

KEEN Los Angeles is a volunteer-run, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. KEEN Los Angeles is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parents, volunteers, business people and community leaders. The board directs KEEN’s operations, charts its direction, spearheads fundraising events, and ensures that KEEN stays focused on its core mission. KEEN Los Angeles is an LLC, and, together with its sister affiliates, falls under the umbrella of KEEN USA. Ravi Gadam, President of KEEN Los Angeles sits on the board of KEEN USA.

   

Ravi Gadam, President
  Curtiss-Wright

Ravi Gadam is a Finance Controller at Curtiss-Wright Controls in Santa Clarita.  His career started as a finance analyst at Orbital ATK in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was transferred to Los Angeles 9 years ago to be a finance manager at Orbital ATK. During his career, he focused on cost control and managing the revenue and profit forecasting for the different divisions.  Ravi became involved in KEEN Los Angeles 5 years ago after volunteering through LA Works. After volunteering for a couple sessions, Ravi decided to join the KEEN Los Angeles Board, as the the treasurer.  After 3 years, Ravi was nominated to become the board president.  Ravi is from Michigan, and currently resides in West Los Angeles.

   

Jonathan Chiquito, Treasurer
  AECOM

Jonathan Chiquito is passionate about doing his part to help repair the world. He was President of Circle K International (a community service organization) in college and came across KEEN LA during one of his community service engagements. He loves KEEN LA and everything that it embodies. He has been Treasurer of KEEN LA since 2015.

He is currently a Senior Analyst in Investor Relations at AECOM. Previously, he was a Financial Analyst with Wells Fargo. He received his B.A. in Applied Economics and B.S. in Finance from California State University Los Angeles. He enjoys staying active (hiking, playing soccer, basketball, baseball etc.) and reading. 

   

Rabbi Erez Sherman
  Sinai Temple

Rabbi Erez Sherman was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in May of 2009. He is also a graduate of Albert A. List College and Columbia University with degrees in Music and Jewish Studies, where he wrote his thesis titled, “Music in the Synagogue in the 21st Century.”

Rabbi Sherman has served Sinai Temple in Los Angeles since 2014. His passions include music, basketball, and the special needs community. Rabbi Sherman has lectured around the U.S. on “Inclusion of those with Disabilities into the Jewish Community” and volunteered with the Conservative Movement’s B’nai Mitzvah program for those with special needs in Jerusalem.

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Dave Sentenn
  Sentenn Capital

David Sentenn joined the KEEN Los Angeles board in July, 2016. By profession he is a CMO and CMO Advisor for businesses and startups in the technology, education, and healthcare space. Prior to joining KEEN LA, David and his wife serve (and continue to serve) as counselors and volunteer advocates for groups focused on the developmentally disabled community.  

 

   

Marie Lemelle
  Platinum Star

Marie Y. Lemelle’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish Platinum Star Public Relations, an award-winning, global marketing and communications firm. Services include strategic planning, research, creative development, media planning and buying, community organizing, casting/talent relations, red carpet logistics/VIP publicity, grassroots outreach, event production and management, and media relations.

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Felix Woo
  Dentons US LLP

Felix Woo is a partner in Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice with over 17 years of experience handling high-stakes commercial and general litigation matters involving virtually every industry.  His clients come from a broad range of individual and corporate clients in the construction, nutritional products, health care insurance, aerospace, music and television, finance, real estate, insurance, telecommunications, beverage, hospitality and manufacturing industries.  Felix also acts as an advisor to a number of the Firm's clients, leveraging his knowledge of his clients' business and a practical approach to problem-solving, along with the Firm's broad subject matter and geographic capabilities.  In his career, Felix has devoted a substantial portion of his time to community service, pro bono and diversity matters.
 

   

Carolyn Johnstone
  Cartoon Network

Carolyn Johnstone has served on the KEEN LA Board of Directors since 2010. She first joined the organization after volunteering for “Bowl with Keen LA” through Turner/Cartoon Network Studios. KEEN is near and dear to Carolyn’s heart because her nephew, Findlay, had Cerebral Palsy and was severely disabled. Carolyn saw firsthand the benefits of programs like this. Understanding the importance and impact of this program, when asked by the Executive Director to join the Board, she gladly accepted the invitation in Findlay’s honor.

Originally from Virginia, Carolyn moved to Southern California in 2002. She currently lives in Burbank with her husband and son. When not working Carolyn enjoys movies, reading and spending time with her family and friends, enjoying all that LA has to offer.

 

   
Jason Ward
  Writer
Jason is a TV writer currently developing programs for Nickelodeon and Disney. He joined the KEEN board in 2016 after volunteering for a few sessions and falling in love with Keen’s mission and athletes. When not working or spending time with his wife and son, he is active in non-profit photography. He has an irrational fear of cartoons depicting personified foods.