Advisory Council, Cynthia Calley - Cynthia currently is a project coordinator and executive assistant and supervisor that directly works with singer songwriters along with film & TV composers for the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.  She has closely worked with such clients as James Taylor, John Williams, Glen Ballard, Thomas Newman, and Eric Idle.  Prior to working at GSA she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Adelphi University, studied and worked abroad in London at the British American Drama Academy, (BADA) and was an actor in London, New York City, and Los Angeles.  This included acting in such projects as the film, F-Stops, TV series, Channel 101 and LA sketch comedy that was directed by Wendi McLendon-Covey.  One of her biggest passions is to be of service and support women & orphans around the world.  In the past she helped raise funds for Make A Change, (MAC) foundation which involved cross self - sustainability for Kibera and Machokos, Kenya. She is very excited and happy to be a part of PTAFF.org.

 

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Advisory Council,  Nathan George  (Deceased) was an African-American actor who was active from 1968 to 1997. He co-won a 1969 Obie Award with Ron O'Neal for Charles Gordone's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "No Place to be Somebody." This performance also received a Drama Desk Award.  George has also directed for the stage. He directed a production of Ron Milner's Who's Got His Own at Center Stage in Baltimore in 1970, and Cummings and Bowings, a play based on poems by E.E. Cummings, for the U.R.G.E.N.T. Theatre in New York in 1973. In film, George has acted in Brubaker (1980), Klute (1971), Serpico (1973), Harsh Light (1997), his last film, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and was one of the leads in Short Eyes (1977). Nathan remains active in the entertainment industry as Founder and Executive Director of Blue Nile International a bold and innovative film Production Company.

 

Advisory Council, Hunter Gaylor is multi-faceted entrepreneur who is involved in numerous philanthropic efforts in addition to his core enterprises. Hunter has created an online platform to facilitate connections between veterans and employers. He regularly works with underprivileged, inner-city youth, both mentoring them and providing opportunities for career growth where none existed previously. Furthermore, Hunter has used his extensive political connections to increase engagement of foreign students throughout the United States to foster greater relationships and inclusion on college campuses. His role in international business is to help promote agricultural sustainability in developing countries while increasing the standard of life for some of the world’s poorest citizens. From his earliest mentors, Hunter has learned that “first you learn, then you earn, then you serve” and thus, he strongly advocates for corporate social responsibility in his ventures and a commitment to the betterment of the local communities in which his various business endeavors operate.

 

Board Member, Matthew L. Morris - Matthew L. Morris is a Business, Entertainment and Family Law attorney. His practice The Morris LawPractice is located in Woodland Hills, Ca. Matthew graduated from Southwestern Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from University of California-Riverside where he studied Sociology-Law & Society. He worked alongside the Consulate of Belize in creating a Non-Profit organization for incarcerated Belizean Nationals. During Law School Matthew L. Morris clerked for the Business and Legal department of NBC Universal Film Music. Matthew also spend time in law school clerking for a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. Matthew has always emphasized diversity in culture, learning and practice.

 

Board Member, Leonard Noisette - Leonard Noisette is the director of the Justice Fund for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations. In this role, he leads the foundation’s efforts to reduce mass incarceration, eliminate harsh punishment, and promote system accountability.

Prior to joining the foundation, Noisette served as the longtime executive director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, an innovative public defender office renowned for its development of community-based, full service representation of clients. He was a member of the Executive Session on Public Defense, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Kennedy School of Government, through which he co-authored The Best Defense is No Offense: Preventing Crime Through Effective Public Defense, N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change, vol. 29(1) 2004.  

Noisette received his B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, and his JD from NYU School of Law.  He is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School.