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4/26/2015
Harlem Chamber Players Spring Finale Concert

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Voza Rivers, Chairman
New Heritage Theatre Group, President/Executive Producer

As Chairman of the organization Voza Rivers brings over 40 years of experience as an arts administrator and arts producer. He is one of the nation’s leading African–American theater, music and events producers. Throughout his career Rivers has worked with the some of the world’s most talented artists such as Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Ruby Dee, Luther Vandross, The Count Basie Orchestra, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Tony Bennett, Anita Baker, Max Roach, Gloria Lynne, Yolanda Adams, Dionne Warwick, Manhattan Transfer, and Stevie Wonder. Rivers received a Grammy nomination for Mbongeni Ngema’s Sarafina, and he produced the Obie-Award winning plays The Huey P. Newton Story at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Woza Albert! at La Mama and the American Museum of Natural History. He is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community Works, a multi-cultural arts and education organization that serves 100,000 New York City students and adults. In addition, Rivers is the Executive Producer of HARLEM WEEK, the Harlem Jazz and Music Festival, and the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame.


 
 Lloyd A. Williams, Vice-Chairman
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO
Lloyd Williams is the Chairman of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1886. Williams is also the Co-Founder of HARLEM WEEK, Inc. and Harlem Jazz & Musical Festival. HARLEM WEEK began as a one day celebration back in 1974 and is now the biggest summer event held every August attracting over 3.5 million people. Mr. Williams is the Chairman/Co-founder for LMR Productions, Inc., Greater Harlem Housing Development Corporation, The National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame and Vice-Chairman of the The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He is also serves as a member of the Executive Board of NYC & Company. As a professor Williams has taught various courses in history, Urban Development, Tourism, business and economics at Cooper Union, Hunter College, The City College of New York, Rutgers University, Pratt Institute, Shaw University, Hostos Community College, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts, Malcolm-King College, Fordham University. The New School for Social Research, and Central State College to name a few.


Linda Walton, Secretary
Jazzmobile, Inc., Vice President Board Secretary, HARLEM Arts Alliance

Recently appointed as the Vice President of Programming of Harlem’s esteemed performance institution, Jazzmobile, Ms. Walton is a long-time Harlem resident who also served as the Executive Director of the HARLEM Arts Alliance for two and a half years. Her significant contributions to the HAA, through mobilization, organization, and advocacy of Harlem’s artistic community are numerous. Highlights include fundraising, in particular a multi-year grant from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; managing grant making programs awarding over $100,000 to artists and arts organizations by administering re-granting programs such as the Urban Artists Initiative and Councilmember Inez Dickens’ Cultural Collaborative; co-developing the Artz, Rootz and Rhythm Festival; solidifying partnerships with business and community organizations; and facilitating artists’ workshops such as the two-year-old Uptown/Downtown initiative. In serving on numerous tasks force and advisory boards, Ms. Walton has increased the visibility of HAA and its programming locally, throughout New York City, and nationally.


Patricia Boyd, Treasurer
P. Boyd, CPA, PLLC, Founder/Partner Board Treasurer, HARLEM Arts Alliance

Founder of P.Boyd CPA, PLLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, Ms. Boyd has more than fifteen years experience in auditing and taxation for public accounting firms and private industry. Ms. Boyd has given lectures on accounting and tax issues at the New York Chapter of Black Journalists. Ms. Boyd is a member of the Tax committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association Public Accountants, and National Association of Black Accountants. She is the Corporate Accountant for HARLEM WEEK, INC.


Geoffrey E. Eaton
NY Congressional Office of Charles B. Rangel, Deputy Chief of Staff
Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Mr. Eaton is Congressman Rangel’s designee to a number of important Boards, including the New York Empowerment Zone, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and the Harlem Community Development Corporation. Mr. Eaton is Chairperson of Uptown Dance Academy, Inc.


Donna Walker-Kuhne
Walker International Communications Group, President

President of Walker International Communications Group, Ms. Walker-Kuhne has received acknowledgement from the Arts & Business Council as the nation’s foremost expert on Audience Diversification. She is an accomplished arts administrator and adult educator. Clients include The Romare Bearden Foundation, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Broadway hit “Hairspray,” WNYC Radio, the Apollo Theater, and Sony/BMG Music.  She was recently an Associate Producer on the George C. Wolfe’s “Harlem Song” (Apollo Theater) as well as a co-producer for the 2004 Audelco Awards.


Gregory A. Thomson, Esq.
The Thomson Law Firm, Founder/Partner

Gregory A. Thomson is a New York-based entertainment attorney and management consultant. He specializes in advising clients on economic and strategic issues in the entertainment and media industries. His current work includes serving as an expert witness for the City of Los Angeles for Wallace vs. Los Angeles, a major lawsuit brought by the heirs of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. Thomson’s prior experience includes five years heading business affairs for Quincy Jones Productions in LA during the 1990s, responsible for such projects as Boyz ‘N The Hood, Q’s Jook Joint, and Sarafina!. Subsequently, Thomson served in VP of Business Development roles at Discovery Communications and Guggenheim.com, and as a media management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Thomson began his career as a film and television attorney at Loeb and Loeb in Los Angeles. Thomson is also the Producer and Director of Lowriders (1995) an award-winning documentary. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD from Yale Law School, and a BA from Yale College.


Willie Walker
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, Manager/Administrator

Manager of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, Mr. Walker was appointed by the Governor to this position in 2005 and has managed many capital projects since his appointment. Formerly a manager for the RKO Theaters, Mr. Walker is an ordained minister and has served on the Board of Directors for organizations such as the Mayor’s Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Harlem Legal Services, and the National Committee for Black AIDS Day for the Center for Disease Control. Mr. Walker is also the founder of the Little Walker’s Kindle College in Harlem Day Care facility. Founder and Chairman of Harlem Summerstage, Mr. Walker is also Chairman of the Harlem Summer Stage Cultural Program.

 


 Michael J. Garner, MBA Chief Diversity Officer & Office of Civil Rights, MTA

 

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