Susana Smith Bautista is a scholar on museums and the arts, technology and digital culture. She received her Ph.D. in Communication as a Provost Fellow from the University of Southern California, and her Masters degree in Art History/ Museum Studies, graduating Phi Kappa Phi also from USC.
Susana has over twenty years experience working in the art world in Greece, New York, and Los Angeles as an art critic, curator, Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Editorial Director of LatinArt.com, and Arts and Culture Commissioner for the city of Pasadena. Her research focuses on the changing role of museums in the digital age, the distributed museum experience, and the socio-cultural context of how museums and arts organizations are utilizing new technologies.
Her recently published book from Alta Mira press is titled Museums in the Digital Age: Changing Meanings of Place, Community, and Culture, and she is a Fellow with the audience research consulting firm Slover Linett. She also teaches at USC (Visual Culture and Communication, Media and Communication for Social Change), and is the interim deputy director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.
Jenny Darroch Ph.D.
Jenny Darroch is the Associate Professor of Marketing & MBA Academic Director. Prior to joining the Drucker School faculty, she was the Director of Entrepreneurship and a Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Marketing at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She has taught in numerous executive education programs in New Zealand and around the Asia-Pacific region, managed the marketing curriculum for a large MBA program in New Zealand, developed and launched a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship, and was instrumental in developing support structures to allow the commercialization of science and technology intellectual property from universities.
In 2002, Jenny had the honor of leading the New Zealand delegation to an APEC conference in Monterrey, Mexico, aimed at developing policies to support young entrepreneurs.
Amy Davila has over 15 years of art gallery experience working with such prestigious galleries as David Zwirner, David Kordansky Gallery, Perry Rubenstein Gallery and Overduin & Kite. Having earned her MBA from the University of Texas in Accounting, Amy worked as an international consultant for Ernst & Young LLP in Houston and San Francisco before entering the art world. In 2009 Amy founded her own consultancy business, ArtSmart, Inc., working as a financial advisor and business manager for artists and contemporary art galleries in Los Angeles and New York.
Amy provides business strategy solutions, financial & career consulting and infrastructure organization. She works with artists at varying stages of their careers and varying degrees of success as well as gallery owners to strategize about business goals, analyze budgets and manage relationships with banks, accountants and lawyers. Amy also designed and created the ArtSmart application, a cloud based inventory management tool for artists and galleries.
Karen McManus is an appraiser of modern, post-war and contemporary fine art with Jacqueline Silverman & Associates, Inc., a boutique appraisal firm based in Los Angeles. Karen is an instructor with New York University’s Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts certificate program and an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor.
In 2011 she joined the Board of Directors of the AAA. Prior to her career as an appraiser, Karen served as the registrar for the permanent collection at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and assisted with the museum’s biennial fundraising art auction. Her prior teaching experience includes art history survey courses taught at Cazenovia College and Syracuse University. Karen is a graduate of UCLA and earned two Master of Arts degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from Syracuse University.
Jonathan T. D. Neil Ph.D.
Jonathan T. D. Neil is the director of the Sotheby's Institute of Art — Los Angeles, a partnership with Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Management. He is associate editor at ArtReview magazine, executive editor at The Drawing Center in New York, and editor of The Held Essays on Visual Art for The Brooklyn Rail.
In 2005 he co-founded, with M. Franklin Boyd, the private curatorial firm Boyd Level LLC. He holds a PhD in twentieth century art from Columbia University and has taught courses on modern and contemporary art and architectural history, critical writing, and the history of photography at Columbia and The New School.
Sarah Conley Odenkirk
Sarah Conley Odenkirk has been practicing law in the area of fine art for almost two decades. She is currently located in Los Angeles, California, and works with clients locally and nationally. Sarah advises artists, art-related businesses, arts organizations and administrative bodies in all matters related to the creation, sale, and management of artwork in private and public realms. She represents clients at all stages of their creative and business development. Sarah is involved in the arts community locally and nationally. She is a member of the Council of American’s for the Arts’ Public Art Network, on the Director’s Council for UCLA’s Fowler Museum, and is on the Exhibitions Committee for the Pasadena Armory.
In addition to frequent speaking engagements, Sarah regularly publishes articles in a variety of legal and arts publications and has just published a book titled A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts with AMMO Books. In 2013, she completed the compilation of a database containing executive summaries and underlying documentation for public art in private development policies and ordinances nationwide. The database is available on her website and in printed format.
Sarah is admitted to practice in California, New York, Oregon, District of Columbia and Washington. She is also fluent in French.
Steven N. Silverman Ph.D.
Steven Silverman is managing member of Green Grid Analytics and Strategy Group LLC, a marketing consulting firm he started in 2009. Green Grid helps businesses to serve their most eager and desirable customers by providing an ongoing and deep understanding of what they value, believe, and do. Steven’s experience crosses a range of industries including software, electronic components, chemical fibers, integrated circuits, tobacco, pet food, life and health insurance, financial services, automobiles, and entertainment. Clients have included Microsoft, Amazon, Bose, Monitor Group, and others.
Earlier, Steven worked at Microsoft in product management and market research. He also held positions in marketing research at DuPont and as a consultant with Monitor Company. Prior to that, Steven was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the School of Business at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Steven has a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA in marketing and a BA in psychology and communications, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steven lives in the rainy foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Snoqualmie, WA, 25 miles east of Seattle.
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