Heather Fipps

Program Manager at The Redford Center & Co-Founder of The Hollywood Climate Summit


Heather is the Program Manager at The Redford Center, where she leads funding opportunities and impact programming to support non-fiction and fiction environmental storytellers. As a Professor of Media and Social Impact at Cal State LA, she founded Community Impact Media, a documentary and impact producer training program that partners filmmakers with grassroots initiatives and nonprofit organizations. As a filmmaker, she’s produced over 20 short documentaries for clients such as the LA Children’s Court, California Air Emissions Board, New Jersey State Department of Health, as well as social cooperatives in the Italian and United States prison systems. Heather has worked on the production teams of more than 140 projects, including international documentaries, Netflix feature films, TV shows on PBS, CBS, Hulu, and off-broadway theater productions. She serves on the founding board of Young Entertainment Activists and is a Co-Founder of the Hollywood Climate Summit.

Laurel Tamayo

Climate Impact Producer

Laurel Tamayo was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now resides in Los Angeles. She is passionate about environmental issues and educating people about them through the impact campaigns of films. She started as a fellow on the Can You Hear Us? campaign for Hulu’s I Am Greta documentary, co-produced the Pathways to Action workshop in the 2021 Hollywood Climate Summit, worked on the Good Energy Playbook, and is the Virtual Programming Coordinator for the Hollywood Climate Summit 2022. She graduated from Chapman University with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and minor in Documentary Film.

Smiely Khurana

"Reel Green™ Sustainability Lead, Creative BC
Podcast Host, The Sustainable Act"

Smiely Khurana is the Reel Green™ Sustainability Lead at Creative BC, supporting and connecting Reel Green’s expanding community of engagement through the implementation of Reel Green’s strategic plan, deepening industry’s expertise and use of the tools, further transforming production practices through the Clean Energy municipal collaboration, and work to help industry transition to a circular economy. Throughout the years, Smiely passion and involvement in environmental sustainability has allowed her to lead discussions, workshops and keynotes at universities, film festivals, global organizations, and host a successful podcast The Sustainable Act focused on environmental sustainability.

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Heather Fipps

Heather is the Program Manager at The Redford Center, where she leads funding opportunities and impact programming to support non-fiction and fiction environmental storytellers. As a Professor of Media and Social Impact at Cal State LA, she founded Community Impact Media, a documentary and impact producer training program that partners filmmakers with grassroots initiatives and nonprofit organizations. As a filmmaker, she’s produced over 20 short documentaries for clients such as the LA Children’s Court, California Air Emissions Board, New Jersey State Department of Health, as well as social cooperatives in the Italian and United States prison systems. 

Heather Fipps

Program Manager

at The Redford Center

Co-Founder of The Hollywood Climate Summit

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Jennifer Sandoval

Jennifer Sandoval is a Vancouver-based Sustainable Production Specialist. Previously she worked as the Project Coordinator for Creative BC's Reel Green program, and served as an instructor for the Climate and Sustainable Production courses for both Reel Green and Ontario Green Screen. Her work focuses on helping productions and other film industry stakeholders to measure their impacts, strategize ways to reduce these impacts and work with crew members and the supply chain to integrate systems thinking and creative solutions into their work process. Jennifer holds a certificate from the Sustainable Business Leadership program from BCIT, is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC, and the Global Association of Climate Risk Professionals. In her spare time, she serves as the Board Chair for Nestworks Society, promoting professional and personal development for working parents in BC.

Jennifer Sandoval

Director of Services

at Earth Angel

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Lena Welch

Lena got her start as a Sustainability PA with Lucas Films and has since grown through working with Green Spark Group on a wide variety of shows as a Junior Consultant. She now owns her own business, Next Earth, where she acts as Regional Sustainability Advisor to her dream client, Netflix. 

Lena Welch

Principal Consultant

at Next Earth

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Tehya Jennett

Tehya Jennett is a dedicated environmentalist, who discovered their passion for sustainable production while majoring in Environmental Studies at NYU. There she wrote her thesis on the impact of environmental themes in film, managed her first green set, and attended the 2020 Hollywood Climate Summit. Tehya became a Co-owner and Green Producer at Stranded Astronaut Productions, where they’ve worked on award-winning eco-focused short films and on branded videos with eco-friendly clients. She is the Director of Sustainability for this year's Hollywood Climate Summit and the Sustainability Strategy Manager for Earth Angel with a true passion for sustainable production, and a mission to green Hollywood. They live in Los Angeles with their partner and rescue pup, and when not fighting for environmental justice, can be found taking in nature and doodling.

Tehya Jennett

Sustainability Strategy Manager

at Earth Angel

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Laurel Tamayo 

Laurel Tamayo was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now resides in Los Angeles. She is passionate about environmental issues and educating people about them through the impact campaigns of films. She started as a fellow on the Can You Hear Us? campaign for Hulu’s I Am Greta documentary, co-produced the Pathways to Action workshop in the 2021 Hollywood Climate Summit, worked on the Good Energy Playbook, and is the Virtual Programming Coordinator for the Hollywood Climate Summit 2022. She graduated from Chapman University with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and minor in Documentary Film.

Laurel Tamayo

Climate Impact Producer

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Jackson Xia

Jackson was the Arts & Media Coordinator at Sunrise Movement Los Angeles, producing videos focusing on policy communication, action mobilization and recruitment. As a Climate Reality Leader, he trained a round of LA Cleantech Incubator's Founders Business Accelerator focusing on Environmental Justice. Jackson also served as an Education Ambassador at Oceanic Global for their partnership with Corona USA's. After implementing green practices on the set of Netflix’s “Glow” as a Writer’s PA, Jackson flowed into the role of the Eco Production Coordinator for more shows through Earth Angel Sustainable Production Services, where he also acted as a researcher, designer, copywriter, presenter and video producer. He earned his TRUE Zero Waste Advisor title during his time at Earth Angel.

Jackson Xia

Climate Communicator and Copywriter

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Smiely Khurana

Smiely Khurana is the Reel Green™ Sustainability Lead at Creative BC, supporting and connecting Reel Green’s expanding community of engagement through the implementation of Reel Green’s strategic plan, deepening industry’s expertise and use of the tools, further transforming production practices through the Clean Energy municipal collaboration, and work to help industry transition to a circular economy. Throughout the years, Smiely passion and involvement in environmental sustainability has allowed her to lead discussions, workshops and keynotes at universities, film festivals, global organizations, and host a successful podcast The Sustainable Act focused on environmental sustainability.

Smiely Khurana

"Reel Green™ Sustainability Lead at Creative BC
Podcast Host at

The Sustainable Act"

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Ali Weinstein

Ali Weinstein  is a queer screenwriter and activist, the Creative Director of this year's Hollywood Climate Summit, and most recently was the Writer's Assistant on NBC's ""Law & Order: For the Defense"". Formerly, she was the Writer’s Assistant on CBS Studios/Netflix’s yet to be announced, “Glamorous"". Ali graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2017 with a BA concentrating in theatre, screenwriting, and psychology. She writes dark dramedies and grounded sci-fi from intersectional perspectives. Her feature, “Desenescence,” was a 2019 Cinequest Top 10 Finalist. . 

Ali Weinstein

Creative Director of HCS '21 TV Writer

Ali Weinstein

Creative Director of HCS '21 + TV Writer
 

Ali Weinstein  is a queer screenwriter and activist, the Creative Director of this year's Hollywood Climate Summit, and most recently was the Writer's Assistant on NBC's ""Law & Order: For the Defense"". Formerly, she was the Writer’s Assistant on CBS Studios/Netflix’s yet to be announced, “Glamorous"". Ali graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2017 with a BA concentrating in theatre, screenwriting, and psychology. She writes dark dramedies and grounded sci-fi from intersectional perspectives. Her feature, “Desenescence,” was a 2019 Cinequest Top 10 Finalist. Ali previously worked in development at Damon Wayans Jr.’s Two Shakes Entertainment, where she’s currently helping develop a pilot. Before that, she worked in development and acquisitions at Starz, IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, and Stay Gold features. In her pretend spare time, she is the Co-President of the JHRTS Board and the Co-Chair of the Young Entertainment Activists Junior Board Climate Committee. Ultimately, Ali is committed to using her writing to help solve the climate crisis and to process her acquired trauma from twelve years as a competitive figure skater--ideally at the same time.
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Jackson Xia

Climate Communicator and Copywriter

Jackson was the Arts & Media Coordinator at Sunrise Movement Los Angeles, producing videos focusing on policy communication, action mobilization and recruitment. As a Climate Reality Leader, he trained a round of LA Cleantech Incubator's Founders Business Accelerator focusing on Environmental Justice. Jackson also served as an Education Ambassador at Oceanic Global for their partnership with Corona USA's. After implementing green practices on the set of Netflix’s “Glow” as a Writer’s PA, Jackson flowed into the role of the Eco Production Coordinator for more shows through Earth Angel Sustainable Production Services, where he also acted as a researcher, designer, copywriter, presenter and video producer. He earned his TRUE Zero Waste Advisor title during his time at Earth Angel.

Tehya Jennett

Sustainability Strategy Manager at Earth Angel

 

Tehya Jennett is a dedicated environmentalist, who discovered their passion for sustainable production while majoring in Environmental Studies at NYU. There she wrote her thesis on the impact of environmental themes in film, managed her first green set, and attended the 2020 Hollywood Climate Summit. Tehya became a Co-owner and Green Producer at Stranded Astronaut Productions, where they’ve worked on award-winning eco-focused short films and on branded videos with eco-friendly clients. She is the Director of Sustainability for this year's Hollywood Climate Summit and the Sustainability Strategy Manager for Earth Angel with a true passion for sustainable production, and a mission to green Hollywood. They live in Los Angeles with their partner and rescue pup, and when not fighting for environmental justice, can be found taking in nature and doodling.

Jennifer Sandoval

Director of Services at Earth Angel

 

Jennifer Sandoval is a Vancouver-based Sustainable Production Specialist. Previously she worked as the Project Coordinator for Creative BC's Reel Green program, and served as an instructor for the Climate and Sustainable Production courses for both Reel Green and Ontario Green Screen. Her work focuses on helping productions and other film industry stakeholders to measure their impacts, strategize ways to reduce these impacts and work with crew members and the supply chain to integrate systems thinking and creative solutions into their work process. Jennifer holds a certificate from the Sustainable Business Leadership program from BCIT, is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC, and the Global Association of Climate Risk Professionals. In her spare time, she serves as the Board Chair for Nestworks Society, promoting professional and personal development for working parents in BC.

Lena Welch

Principal Consultant at Next Earth 

Lena got her start as a Sustainability PA with Lucas Films and has since grown through working with Green Spark Group on a wide variety of shows as a Junior Consultant. She now owns her own business, Next Earth, where she acts as Regional Sustainability Advisor to her dream client, Netflix. 



 

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