Elizabeth Simon, Bourgeois Productions Presents
Elizabeth is a Bay Area native who has been involved in the San Francisco independent arts community for 20 years. In 2012, she launched Bourgeois Productions Presents where she booked and produced live music shows for half a decade. In 2016 she joined AEG LIVE where she booked and produced concerts with the team for The Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Elizabeth has produced and hosted over 200 radio episodes of The Life & Times of the Bourgeoisie on Radio Valencia and BFF.fm. All projects under her ‘tongue and cheek’ Bourgeois brand stem from her 2001 original publishing concept Bourgeois Magazine- a newsprint music magazine featuring independent musicians, artists and photographers.
Over the years, she has worked for several venues and production companies as well as managed and consulted for several bands.
She is currently the owner and operator of Revenge Pies, a cult pie company in San Francisco and is now the founder of the non-profit organization, Independent Venue Preservation Initiative, providing debt relief to live performance spaces during the COVID-19 crisis.
She looks forward to launching Backend Certified, a network of tools intended to bolster the local entertainment industry.
Aside from devoting her time to the health and wellbeing of the independent arts, she loves going for walks through Golden Gate Park with her dog Pete, and being an Aunt to her 3 year old twin nieces.
Jocelyn Kane, Former Executive Director Entertainment Commission
Jocelyn is the former Executive Director of San Francisco's Entertainment Commission, which was charged with ensuring the health and vitality of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues in the City. Along with daily regulatory concerns, her most important policy work included the first legislative protections for nightlife businesses from new residential and hotel construction in the US, and ongoing improvements to SF Bay Area late night/early morning transit. In addition, she has improved San Francisco’s sound ordinances over the past 10 years to make them easier to understand and implement citywide.
Jocelyn co-produced the San Francisco Nitey Awards, (www.niteyawards.com), an annual awards show which celebrated creative content and outstanding patron experience in San Francisco’s nightlife.
Jocelyn is now working as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Responsible Hospitality Institute (www.rhiweb.org), the leader in nightlife and entertainment district consulting worldwide.
Michelle Stillman DeBella, VP Finance Strategy- Lyft
Michelle is a dynamic, transformative, result-oriented leader building world class finance, compliance, governance and business processes for public companies. She uses her seat at the CFO staff table to drive initiatives and projects that have helped industry disrupting platform companies through the IPO journey and into their post-IPO operating world. As the VP of Finance Transformation and Governance at Lyft, Michelle helped the CFO and leadership team build its Finance team and corporate governance strategy for meeting the demands of a high-growth, highly-regulated technology platform company that is expanding internationally. From the ground up, she built and managed an Internal Audit function, an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program office and a Transformation/Business Process Improvement function that launched governance, risk management and process best practices at Lyft. She supported the executive team through the company's 2019 IPO process and supported a major ERP implementation and finance system roadmap, while also building frameworks for finance transformation. Previously, as Uber's Chief Audit Executive, she led culture, governance and engagement efforts in the post #deleteUber world. In addition to expanding the Internal Audit team internationally and building the first ERM program at Uber, she helped the Executive Leadership Team, Legal, Finance and Compliance teams build new governance and reporting structures addressing internal investigations, board reporting and other IPO and SOX-readiness processes in anticipation of the 2019 IPO. She also served as the Audit Committee Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Uber/Yandex joint venture in Russia/CIS.
Before going to Uber, Ms. DeBella worked as the Chief Audit Executive for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), subsequent to working as the Chief Audit Executive for HP, Inc. at the height of its Fortune 10 status, leading global teams and helping both companies navigate the successful split of the company into two Fortune 100 companies. Coupled with the VP of Enterprise Financial Reporting at HP, Inc. (the assistant controller role), she served 8 years at the two companies, playing a senior leadership role in their Finance transformation, the split of the two companies, and the HPE divestitures.
Ms. DeBella started her career at Ernst & Young, spending over 15 years in public accounting, including two years in Frankfurt, Germany working with foreign public filers. Ms. DeBella has a Masters in Public Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Management from Truman State University. She is an CPA (inactive), serves on the Board of Governors for the San Jose chapter of the Institute for Internal Auditors, is a member of Advancing Women's Executives, and a public speaker.
Kristen Trad, Attorney- Strava
Kristen is currently in-house Commercial Counsel at Strava, specializing in business transactions and intellectual property. Prior to joining Strava, she was in-house at Zynga where she also worked on advertising, marketing, and licensing deals. Kristen received her JD/MBA from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on IP and international business.
Kristen also co-chairs the Sports and Entertainment Section of Barristers at the San Francisco Bar Association, coordinating and speaking at continuing education events. In her free time, Kristen enjoys being active and exploring San Francisco by foot, but also focuses on creative projects. She is an amateur baker, experienced knitter, and all-around crafter. She is passionate about the arts, entertainment, beauty, and fashion, and wants to support the growth of local artists.
Caroline Thompson, Marketing & Advertising- Impact123
Caroline has 20 plus years of agency experience in media strategy and planning for entertainment and lifestyle accounts. Working with a variety of premium brands across North America, she has developed and managed successful campaigns for long-term clients including Disney Theatrical Productions and Wicked. With over fifteen years of successful partnerships, Caroline works with global media buying firms to secure the best volume rates and added value for clients. Acting as the nucleus, she brings about the benefits of working with a large media buying agency while still providing senior level expertise and individualized attention. Through these relationships, impactful results are achieved and set campaign objectives are met and often exceeded.
Caroline is a graduate of Mills College with a degree in Communications. She sits on the board of RADAR Productions and is a proud member of The Broadway League. Long-term and project-based clients include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, APOLLO 11: The Live Immersive Show, Center Theatre Group, Cirque Du Soleil and Lythgoe Family Panto. Partnerships include Omnicom Media Group and Serino Coyne, LLC.
Jenneviere Villegas, Community Program Manager- Shopify
Jenneviere arrived in San Francisco a decade ago after running Operations for a well known utility kilt company based out of Seattle. Currently, she is the Community Program Manager for Shopify where she advises entrepreneurs on how to best manage and market their online stores, with an emphases on email and social media marketing campaigns. She has managed The Black Hole Bar, staffed entirely with volunteers, and works with local swag vendors to produce custom pieces that ship all over the world for Burning Man.
In her spare time, she loves to cook, host clothing swaps, and throw brunches and backyard BBQs at her home with her husband in the Excelsior District. Jenneviere is an expert at connecting people, has enjoyed 3 years coaching for the Special Olympics, and with a background in musical theater, has acted in productions on stage and film.
Stephanie Lamond, Project Manager -Recording Academy
Steph Lamond is a San Francisco-based Musician, Producer, and Project Manager. Her professional journey through the music business began over 8 years ago with her seasonal work for The NAMM Show's Public Relations Team, and she currently works for the Recording Academy's San Francisco Chapter. Prior to the Recording Academy, she served as San Francisco legacy nonprofit Blue Bear School of Music's Director of early childhood education programming, and remains an active member of Blue Bear's NextGen Board and Events Committee.
She's also the Co-Producer of SWIM Masters, the podcast from The NAMM Foundation's Smart Women In Music Fund, and frequent collaborator of KMD Productions, an events agency focusing on the Pro Audio space. After cutting her teeth interning and then Assistant Engineering at Dreamrack Studios (part of Hyde Street Studios), she now moonlights as a session musician (piano and vocals), freelance engineer, and producer for music and podcasts.
Her first album from her artist project Lucky Lamond is due out this year.
Emily Coalson, Media, Content & Partnerships - Maven
Emily has over 15 years experience in advertising, media, marketing campaigns, and event planning for a vast array of entertainment and publishing clients. She handled marketing promotions, media, and event planning for large entertainment brands including Wicked, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and touring shows such as Dear Evan Hansen throughout her duration at the Curran theater.
Emily was also deeply entrenched in the San Francisco entertainment community as a disco DJ, an improv comedian, and hosted two music podcasts. She DJed large and small venues across SF from The Stud, Aunt Charlie's, Madrone Art Bar, and the Knockout to the Academy of Sciences, Pride stages, and Best of the Bay parties hosted by San Francisco Magazine.
She also performed comedy at EndGames and Pianofight stages and was a frequent concert goer. Emily is deeply connected to creative expression and promoting art and entertainment of all kinds. Creativity fuels her fire!
Emily lived in San Francisco for over 12 years and has recently relocated to Austin, TX, but is proud and excited to virtually promote IVPI from afar. Emily is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Advertising and a concentration in Media.
She currently produces websites for Maven and recently launched her pop-culture retail shop Retro Dollhouse. She creates art, takes photos, and writes about her travels on her blog daydreamsanddisco.com.