BOARD OF DIRECTORS
david s. honda | president: IN UNISON FOUNDATION
David Honda is a well-known philanthropist and has been dedicated to community service for nearly four decades. He is also President and CEO of D.S. Honda Construction, Inc., of Northridge, California. Mr. Honda chairs an important branch of the Minority Business Development Agency, under the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is an appointee of the 51st District Agricultural Association and has been appointed and reappointed to the San Fernando Valley Fair Board of Directors.
As an Environmental Sustainability advocate, Mr. Honda has been appointed to the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Enforcement Agency by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, to serve the interests of the people of the County of Los Angeles.
He has served as a member of the CSUN Foundation Board of Directors since 1998. As the foundation’s Chairman from 2000-2002, Mr. Honda helped shape the Foundation’s strategic direction and philanthropic initiatives.
The College of Engineering and Computer Sciences is indebted to Mr. Honda for his participation in the creation of a Construction Management Technology Degree Program (CMT) at CSUN,
In recognition of his devoted efforts, Mr. Honda was selected in 2009 to receive the esteemed Fernando Award, the highest award for volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley, supported by the Chambers of Commerce, civic, and philanthropic organizations.
Mr. Honda is also a member of the Rotary Club, the Ameritel Committee, American Heart Association, United Way and he is a resident of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.
Jeanne Holm | CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITIES: IN Unison
Jeanne Holm works at the cross-section of innovation, open data, and education. She is the Deputy CIO of the City of Los Angeles, working on issues ranging from homelessness to predictive analytics. As a senior consultant with the World Bank, she worked with governments throughout the world to build robust open data ecosystems and ensure transparency. She was the Evangelist for Data.Gov for the U.S. White House, leading collaboration and building communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. She was the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA/JPL, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov). She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics and Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, leads several high-tech startups, and has more than 130 publications on information systems, knowledge management, and innovation.
Her research and courses focus on transforming neighborhoods, empowering students and underserved communities, data science, and civic innovation. Her honors include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), top 50 Women in Tech, Woman of the Decade in Data and Innovation, Fed 100, NASA Achievement Award for her work on the Galileo and Voyager spacecraft, and three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Science.
Specialties: Building advanced data and knowledge architectures, using data science to break through intractable social problems, creating robust open data ecosystems, system design and integration, knowledge management practices and systems, instructional design and delivery, and inter-organizational collaboration.
JOEL MILLS | VICE PRESIDENT &
Co-DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION: In Unison
Joel has 35 years in Satellite TV Distribution, Broadband Video Networks, Live Concerts and as a Producer of Film/ TV & Animation. He is currently the Vice President In Unison Foundation Board of Directors. Previously, he was a partner in Nashville's `Concerts for People` producing Charity Concerts with legends like Ravi Shankar and Harry Chapin. He served as the Executive Director: 'POP ROX' -Peace Through Music a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
His former positions also include: SYNSAT- President’s Asst:– Hollywood's leading Satellite TV Distribution Company, with clients including: ABC, NBC, Sony Universal, Disney, Distribution Live Aid, 5 Comic Relief Specials, Farm Aid I and II.
As EVP of GTI: he lead the team that installed President Bush's White House’s 1st videophone & 1st Ca. state-wide video conf. network // Co-Producer 1st Beijing Olympics Media Symposium // Brought Film financing to film’s: ‘The Flying Machine’ and as Asst. Producer for “Sid the Science Kid- the Movie” Jim Henson Studio’s // Co-Producer, TSD’s ‘Making of Stargate’ MGM/Canal+ Film.
WILLIAM “MICKEY” STEVENSON | DIRECTOR OF ENTERTAINMENt: In Unison
Songwriter and producer William “Mickey” Stevenson was one of the unsung heroes behind the extraordinary success of the Motown sound.
As the label’s first A&R director, he not only recruited major stars like Martha Reeves, but also assembled the company’s legendary roster of studio musicians, additionally authoring a number of perennial hits for acts including Marvin Gaye and wife Kim Weston.
Stevenson began his career in gospel and doo wop before joining the Tamla/Motown staff in 1959; in addition to co-producing and arranging records for Marv Johnson, the label’s first recording artist, his earliest duties included organizing the company’s house band.
Installing pianist “Ivory” Joe Hunter as bandleader, Stevenson brought together a truly remarkable (albeit relatively unknown) group of Detroit-area jazz and club musicians, including bassist James Jamerson, guitarists Robert White and Joe Messina, and drummer Benny Benjamin.
Though their lineup changed frequently in the years to follow, the so-called “Funk Brothers” remained the bedrock of the Motown sound throughout the company’s golden age.