Connecting Generations for Good

Board

The Eisner Foundation board is comprised of Michael Eisner, his wife Jane, and their three grown sons: Breck, Eric, and Anders. Michael, now the founder and CEO of The Tornante Company, helps shape The Eisner Foundation’s mission and oversees its work. Jane serves as President of The Eisner Foundation, helping to guide day-to-day operations. Breck, Eric, and Anders, each successful in their own careers, bring their professional talents and expertise to direct and align the Foundation’s grantmaking. Breck’s wife Georgia, Eric’s wife Stacey, and Anders’ wife Terena also play key roles as advisors to The Eisner Foundation, and with multiple grandchildren now in the Eisner fold, The Eisner Foundation is intergenerational not only in the programs we support, but in the way we run our operations.

No member of the Eisner family receives any compensation from the foundation for their work. Furthermore, The Eisner Foundation’s by-laws prohibit any financial relationships of any kind with any extended members of the Eisner family, or any of its in-laws.

Staff

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Trent Stamp

CEO

Trent Stamp has served as CEO of The Eisner Foundation since 2008. Trent is responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s management, including strategy, execution, operations, evaluation, marketing, and the awarding of The Eisner Prize. Trent represents the organization externally to various community audiences, regularly publishes editorials and articles about issues affecting the nonprofit sector, and is a frequent speaker and presenter at national conferences and seminars on philanthropic issues.

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Trent is a recognized national leader in the field of aging, serving on the boards of Grantmakers in Aging and The Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at USC and The Board of Directors at Eisner Health.  He has taught Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Price School of Public Policy at USC, consults for the Committee on the Arts at The Aspen Institute, and recently completed a 6-year term on the Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers, where he chaired the audit committee.

Prior to joining The Eisner Foundation, Trent was the founding President of Charity Navigator. Under his leadership, Charity Navigator grew to become the nation’s largest and most-used evaluator of American charities and nonprofits. Previous positions include Vice President of Communications for Teach For America, an analyst and manager for the Social Security Administration, and a legislative aide for U.S. Representative Robert Matsui. Trent started his career as a Teach For America teacher in rural North Carolina.

Trent has regularly appeared as an expert analyst for national television and radio shows, including The Today Show, 20/20, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He authored “Trent Stamp’s Take,” a daily blog about the nonprofit sector, recognized by The New York Times as one of “Ten Nonprofit Blogs That Get Attention.” In 2004, he was selected by New Jersey Business Magazine as one of “40 Business Leaders Under 40” in the state and in 2007, he was honored by the New Jersey State Legislature with the Five Sectors Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the betterment of the state.

Trent received his Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University and his B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Hermosa Beach, California with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Trent is a volunteer coach for multiple youth sports teams and is the past president and current VP, Baseball for the Hermosa Beach Little League, a nonprofit organization that serves over 500 children.

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Cathy Choi

Director of Programs

Cathy Choi joined The Eisner Foundation as Director of Programs in January 2009. In this capacity, she oversees the planning, strategic development and distribution of $7 million in annual grants. Cathy develops grantee relationships during and after the grantmaking process and works to build organizational sustainability among the foundation’s partners, promoting innovative practices and creative solutions to social justice challenges in Los Angeles and beyond.

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Cathy has more than 20 years of diverse professional experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit and public sectors. Before joining The Eisner Foundation she was a Program Officer at the California Community Foundation (CCF), managing a number of special grant programs covering issues such as access to health care, arts education, youth programs, and historic preservation. Prior to CCF, Cathy was External Affairs Director at the Korean American Coalition national headquarters where she led advocacy activities on legislative issues affecting the Asian Pacific American communities, such as Census outreach and the redistricting process. Cathy also served as a deputy to several local and federal elected officials, including U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (CA 34th district) and Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member George Kiriyama.

Cathy is co-chair of the Southern California chapter of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and serves on the Education Leadership Council for Southern California Public Radio. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.

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Chelsea Mason

Director of Communications

Chelsea Mason joined the Eisner Foundation in 2016. She handles the foundation’s external relations, including press, print and digital initiatives, and general communications.

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Before coming to the foundation, Chelsea was the Digital Marketing Manager at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, overseeing the digital presence of the LA Phil and Hollywood Bowl. While there, she also project-managed the Webby Award-winning VAN Beethoven tour featuring the Orchestra VR virtual reality app, one of the earliest music virtual reality experiences. Prior to the LA Phil, she served as Membership Manager and then Director of Marketing and Communications at Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum, as well as Managing Editor of the USC U.S.-China Institute’s online publication U.S.-China Today.

Chelsea holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California. She is also a member of The Communications Network and serves as Marketing & Communications Co-Chair on the board of Notre Dame Women Connect.

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Jennifer Katell

Foundation Administrator

Jennifer Katell joined the Eisner Foundation in 2016. As Foundation Administrator, she handles grant administration, small grant evaluation, and program management in addition to general administration for the foundation.

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Previously, Jennifer worked as a strategic planning and project management consultant in the creative field. Past major projects included production of Crissy Broadcast, a series of musical performances by 800 musicians in a public space, and strategic planning for Group Effort, a multi-disciplinary design studio. She has also served as Senior Public Diplomacy, Press & Culture Officer for the Netherlands Consulate General and has held positions at L.A.’s Hammer Museum, LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, the International Center of Photography, and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Jennifer has been a member of the Contemporaries Committee at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, a founding Board Member of the LA’s BEST Friends, and Executive Committee Member for Fresh stART. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles and both an M.B.A. and an M.A. in Art History/Museum Studies from the University of Southern California.

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