Brittney Weissman has worked at the intersection of advocacy, healthcare, and public policy for 20 years. For eight+ years prior to joining Hollywood 4WRD as its inaugural Executive Director, she was the first Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Los Angeles County where she provided community, hope, and policy advocacy for everyone affected by mental illness, their families, and friends in Los Angeles County.
Ms. Weissman has chaired the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission, a volunteer body appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to advise and make recommendations related to the delivery of quality mental health care. She sits on several countywide criminal justice reform committees and is a founding member of the TRIESTE pilot implementation work group, which focuses on patient-centered systems change and the right to a purposeful life. She is a Civilian Advisor to the LA County Sheriff’s Department on mental health and is an Advisory Board Member for Heart Forward LA, an advocacy organization promoting bold system change and advancing radical hospitality for mental health recovery based on global best practice.
Before joining NAMI, she worked in various capacities for The California Endowment, California's largest private health foundation. She also held short-term leadership positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego.
Ms. Weissman earned a double Bachelors in American Studies and Sociology from Occidental College with Phi Beta Kappa distinction and a MA in Public Policy from University of Southern California, and was a fellow with the Southern California Leadership Network through the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
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Tim Davis brings a diverse, multi-disciplinary background and a long term commitment to the health and welfare of vulnerable populations to Hollywood 4WRD. The range of his professional experience gave him great insights on how to craft engaging content and establish enduring relationships with leaders in the Hollywood community.
Tim joins us after four years supervising programs and services as the Senior Program Director for NAMI Westside LA where he spurred exponential growth for the organization, developing and implementing programs and services aimed at improving the lives of all those impacted by mental health conditions, and forming community partnerships. Tim has extensive experience as a public speaker, having given over 300 presentations to students, families and community leaders, sharing his passion for open, honest and de-stigmatizing conversations, and his lived experience as the father of a young man who lives with bipolar disorder.
Tim’s background includes many years in the entertainment business, where he served as Director of Development for Tom Cruise’s production company and later became a TV writer. Prior to NAMI, Tim worked as a Communications Director at a Treatment Center and then for a tech startup, allowing him to transfer his writing skills to purpose-driven organizations, creating meaningful messaging across a variety of platforms, from social media and blogging to editorial calendars and white papers. He looks forward to doing the same – and more – at Hollywood 4WRD.
Louis Abramson, Board Member, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council
Heather Carmichael, Executive Director, My Friend's Place
Stephen Fiechter, Senior Director Metro LA, People Assisting The Homeless (PATH)
David Gordon, longtime Hollywood Property Owner + Resident
Nicole Johnson Farley, Homeless Ambassador, John Wesley Community Health
Marina Martos Dabel, Vice President, Planning, Kilroy Realty Corporation
Kerry Morrison, Founder and Project Director, Heart Forward LA
Arnali Ray, Executive Director, Hollywood Food Coalition
Kathleen Rawson, President and CEO, The Hollywood Partnership
Aditi Shakkarwar, Housing Advocacy Manager, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Nathan Sheets, Executive Director, The Center in Hollywood
Natalie Teear, Senior Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability + Social Impact, Hudson Pacific