Actor Damon Gupton at "Stories from the Frontline"

Actor Damon Gupton at “Stories from the Frontline”

I have over 15 years experience creating and directing programs that serve and empower the community, connect people across diverse demographics, and educate. My experience includes:

  • Sci-Fest L.A., Director of Short Story Writing Competitions – International and for Los Angeles High School Students
  • Human Rights Speakers Series of West Hollywood, Director
  • Women’s Leadership Conference of West Hollywood Programming Director & Facilitator
  • West Hollywood Book Fair Southern California Regional Book Festival, Co-Founder, Director & Co-curator
  • Lit Crawl L.A., Co-founder, Outreach Director, & Co-curator
  • LitFest Pasadena, Creative Consultant, Co-curator, & Panel Moderator
  • Literature for Life, Managing Editor, Co-curator, & Curriculum Director
  • On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Co-producer
  • Los Angeles Student Media Festival, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles/City of Los Angeles, Co-producer
  • NFMLA’s Best of Awards, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Co-producer
  • Japanese Student Improv Program, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Director
  • Roe v. Wade Anniversary Program, National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, Curator & Co-producer
  • “Cooking Oil the Play”, Community/Nonprofits/Government Dialogues Curator & Producer
  • L.A. Power of Choice Reception, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Co-Chair
  • U.S.C’s International Public Policy & Management M.A. Program, Nonprofit & Government Internships Program Co-Coordinator
  • West Hollywood City Council Candidates’ Debate Moderated by High School Students, West Hollywood College Preparatory School, Co-producer & Student Coach


I also work with organizations and government on all aspects of development, including mission and goals, Board of Directors development and retreats, staff development, short and long term planning, strategic plans, fundraising strategies, policy, government and community relations, outreach strategies, community inclusiveness methods, and more. Organizations with which I’ve worked on development initiatives include (but are not limited to as my program work often includes development advising):

  • Red Hen Press, Staff and Board Development Advisor / Board Retreat Facilitator
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Organization and Board Development Advisor
  • West Hollywood College Preparatory School, Organization / Accreditation / Board Development Advisor
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Organizational Development Advisor
  • SparkleBlob Arts Nonprofit, Organization and Board Development Advisor
  • San Fernando Valley HIV/AIDS Care Givers Consortium, Organizational Development Advisor


I have collaborated with numerous non-profit and government organizations either as a consultant or through programs I’ve organized. This list covers just a few of these organizations.

  • 826LA
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
  • Amnesty International–Artists for Amnesty
  • American Jewish World Service
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Artists for a New South Africa
  • Avenue 50 Studio
  • Black Women for Wellness
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater
  • California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
  • California Women Lead
  • Center for the Study of Political Graphics
  • Christopher Street West
  • City of West Hollywood
  • Congregation Kol Ami
  • Death Penalty Focus
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Feminist Storytelling Party
  • Fund Texas Choice
  • Girls Learn International
  • Heal the Bay
  • Homeboy Industries
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Lambda Literary Foundation
  • Lit Crawl LA
  • Literature for Life
  • LitFest Pasadena
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
  • Los Angeles Poet Society
  • Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival
  • Mt. St. Mary’s College
  • NARAL Pro-Choice California
  • National Council of Jewish Women / Los Angeles
  • National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
  • National Health Law Program
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Women’s Political Caucus–LA Westside
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
  • Pacific Council on International Policy
  • Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • PEN Center USA
  • Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Young Professionals
  • Poets & Writers
  • QueerWise
  • Red Hen Press
  • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles
  • San Fernando Valley HIV & AIDS Care Providers Consortium
  • Sierra Student Coalition
  • SmartGals Productions
  • SparkleBlob
  • The HeArt Project
  • The Williams Institute / UCLA School of Law
  • The World Stage
  • UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, LA Chapter
  • Unbound Productions
  • University of Southern California
  • Unplanned Story Party
  • West Hollywood College Preparatory School
  • Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project
  • WriteGirl

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