The people who bring it all together...
Executive Director/Board Member
Through the work developed with Tupac over two decades ago, Leila fuses creative expression, social medicine, and behavioral science. She holds over three decades of artistry, producing, community organizing, management, projects, and many titles to her credit. In addition to being the mother of four and a grandmother, she now dedicates herself full time to her non-profit organization AIM. Leila’s work has drawn from street culture as well as a transcendental understanding of art’s power to heal and improve emotional states and behavior. With the release of her heart education (emotional literacy) curriculum Leila will expand her speaking and training nationally and internationally to give people tools to heal from trauma, violence, pain and embrace their full potential as human beings and healthy members of society
Director of Programming/Board Member
Marisol Ibanez-Tintorer is a Cuban-American with over 10 years of experience working with AIM for the heArt who is currently serving as AIM 4 the HEART’s Director of Programming. She is a HEART Education facilitator, curriculum trainer, and the developer of AIM 4 the HEART’s train-the-trainer model. She is one of the co-founders of the Long Beach heArt Sessions and co-author to the-upcoming book, HEART Education. Marisol holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from UCSC and a Master’s Degree from the University of La Verne in Educational Counseling and has over 20 years teaching experience working directly with high-risk youth in California public schools. She has extensive experience in curriculum development. A full-time teacher and Activities Specialist at Polytechnic High School’s PAAL Campus, Marisol has authored and designed the framework for the Ethnic Studies, Restorative Justice and Social Justice courses. She advocates passionately for the expansion of social and emotional education, implementation of restorative practices and the development of Trauma Informed Campuses in K-12 education and serves as a consultant for Buena Park School District. Recently, she has begun to train teachers in the implementation of Restorative Practices and serves as a Restorative Justice Coordinator and facilitator for the California Conference of Equality and Justice’s Building Bridges Camp. With over 20 years of activism and organizing experience working with Indigenous Rights, Latino, Social Justice and youth organizations. She is an active poet, painter, silversmith, and multi-media artist.
Director of Strategy, Alliances and Partnerships
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Stu is a graduate of Indiana University, where he finished his undergraduate coursework in 2 years at the age of 18. Stu moved to Los Angeles in Fall 2016 to attend USC Gould School of Law, and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in May 2019 at the age of 21. Through AIM’s connection to USC, Stu developed his artistic voice as a hip-hop artist, screenwriter, actor, director, and poet.. As a result, Stu’s storytelling manifests across multiple forms of media and refuses to shy away from his intellectual, nuanced perspective. Following the release of his extended play debut The Bar Study EP at the beginning of 2020, he’s currently releasing S2’s Days, a multimedia project following a single protagonist, S2art (pronounced “stuart”), releasing new content on Tuesday each week in 2020. Tune in @_s2art on all social media platforms!
Director of Public Relations, USC Liaison
Blake Walker is a graduate of USC Gould School of Law. While at USC Law, Blake received the very prestigious USC Gould Edward and Eleanor Shattuck Award acknowledging her contributions to the legal field and the community. She was the recipient of the highest scholarship from Langston Bar Association and received an award and scholarship from Black Women Lawyers. Before coming to USC, she graduated magna cum laude with her Master’s from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. After graduating, she was one of ten journalism students selected nationwide for the prestigious CBS Meredith-Cronkite fellowship. Prior to graduate school, Blake obtained her Bachelor’s from Pepperdine University. For three years, Blake worked for the NBA with the Phoenix Suns as Public Relations Liaison under the Vice President of Basketball Communications. Following her time at the Suns, she worked in the legal and government affairs department at NBCUniversal. While at USC, Blake studied corporate law within the entertainment, technology and sports sector. She was also very passionate about helping those currently incarcerated. She studied the criminal law system as a certified law student in the Post-Conviction Justice Project and had the opportunity to represent inmates at their parole hearings. She also was chosen as a Saks Scholar for her research in the intersection of criminal justice and mental health. She was a student in the best criminal lecture series at USC law taught by
Director of Outreach, Assemblies, Tours and Shows
Louis King is an International Touring Hip-Hop Artist, Music Producer & Educator. His highly anticipated 2020 release “De LA West Los” was labeled the “Sound of West LA” by AllHipHop.com. Louis has toured in over 20 countries as a performer & tour manager with artists such as the Outlawz, Earl Sweatshirt, Anderson Paak + more. Louis has worked with top hollywood composers such as Patrick Doyle & John Powell on soundtracks including Solo: A Stars Story and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. You may have seen Louis performing his heartfelt spoken word piece "Where Will I Go” on Chelsea Handler's new Netflix Documentary "Hi Privilege, it’s me Chelsea”. Louis released 156 songs in one year as part of a called the “Beautiful Grind Collection”. While he continues working on his art, he’s committed to facilitating workshops, assemblies & concerts in schools, prisons & community centers with Leila Steinberg and aim4theheart.org. As an Educator, Louis has spoken at universities such as Harvard, Princeton & USC. He will be presenting his TedxTalk “The Power of Music & Art on the Heart” at San Diego State University in the fall of 2020. Louis is also renown as an award winning social justice filmmaker, who won a Division 1 National Championship at Villanova University.
Jody David Armour
Jody David Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Armour’s expertise ranges from personal injury claims to claims about the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice, and the rule of law. Armour studies the intersection of race and legal decision making as well as torts and tort reform movements.
A widely published scholar and popular lecturer, Armour is a Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture. He has published articles in Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies, University of Colorado Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Southwestern University Law Review, and Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. His book Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America (New York University Press) addresses three core concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement—namely, racial profiling police brutality, and mass incarceration. He has recently completed a second book that examines law, language, and moral luck in the criminal justice system. Armour often appears as a legal analyst on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, KPCC, KCRW, and a variety of other television and radio news programs.
Director of Media and Administration
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Keki draws inspiration in her art from her southern roots, complicated history and an objective to challenge the current power structure with thought provoking lyricism. With a distinguishable style, Keki has a voice that is unique, catchy and powerful over the modern hip-hop beats she pairs with her words. Her body of work includes four music videos, one album and 4 singles. A dynamic creative, Keki’s background includes rap, dance, graphic design, video production, acting and writing. She uses these as tools to enlighten her community with encouraging content that uplifts and strengthens them. Her activism began in college at The University of Alabama, where she obtained her Bachelors in Arts Communication. There she began using her natural talent for connecting with people, leading projects and enthusiasm to share knowledge for several notable causes. She created a mentorship program for young women called Aida to Fari, produced a documentary about the bias Muslim women face in a predominately Christian white town and supported various functions centered around educating the student body about black history. In Los Angeles, she has been an active member of AIM for three years, where she’s developed in weekly Mic Sessions, participated in several school assemblies, volunteered at San Quentin and performed at several fundraisers. She has also performed during the Cherish Hands Foundations events dedicated to enriching the lives of foster children. Currently she’s the Director of Media and Art with AIM, starting her own business and continuing to use her voice and musical skills to promote positive messages for the masses.
Lindsay Rielly co-founded Continuum Entertainment to specialize in unique films and series for television, and to have an eye for standout talent. As a managing partner of Continuum, Rielly not only runs operations at the company, but also manages talent and creates, develops & supervises the production of all in-house projects. Before founding Continuum in 2004, Rielly worked in the A&R department at Interscope, Geffen, A&M Records; in 2000 Rielly met Leila Steinberg and quickly became immersed in the development and eventual sale of the “Microphone Sessions” to MTV; in 2003, while continuing to focus on branding Steinberg, Rielly found 12th Hour Entertainment, where she was brought on by Barry Levinson to collaborate on the production and development of feature film Fork in the Road, which was recently sold to Alexander Payne. Since founding Continuum Entertainment, Rielly has launched the careers of many actors and performers and identified a “new model” of management through brand development and enhancement. In 2006 Rielly was brought on to manage the production of American Idol Album season 5Some recent highlights include executive producing the Ralph Macchio directed film Across Grace Alley starring Marsha Mason, Karina Smirnoff, and Ben Hyland (www.AcrossGraceAlley.com); writing a relationship book with client Karina Smirnoff; producing several large scale experiential branding events and activations at the Sundance Film Festival (www.youtube.com/theCEGWorld - Sundance 2012), Art Basal, Comic-con, and E3 to name a few; brokering deals with a multitude of brands including Honey Bunches of Oats, Nature Valley, L’eggs, Silk Milk, Bengay and several others.
Eleanor Earl is an Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies at Hampton University in Virginia. She holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from The University of Virginia, an M.A. in Humanities from Old Dominion University, with graduate credits in English Literature from the Institute for Scholars International Studies held at Oxford University in Oxford, England and an M.F.A in Theatre Writing from from York University's Tisch School for the Arts. Currently, she is pursuing a D.B.A. in Management from Argosy University. Ms. Earl is a prolific artist and performer. Her work has been featured in venues as Her Majesty's Theatre and Covent Garden's Africa Centre in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Off-Off Broadway, and Twentieth Century Fox Studios.
Tracy Danielle Robinson has more than 15 years of experience as a Southern California-based freelance director and producer. She studied communications at Central State College in Ohio and West Los Angeles College, and later took courses in filmmaking at the American Film Institute and UCLA Extension. Today, she is widely known in the entertainment industry for her bold, poignant, and cutting edge music videos. Ms. Robinson has production credits for more than 175 music videos, 10 films, 20 television shows, and 20 commercials; including notoriety as co-producer of Thug Angel, the critically acclaimed documentary on the life of the late rapper icon- Tupac Shakur. She has held professional positions at Fragile Films, Propaganda, Two Headed Monster, and Squeak Pictures, and more recently, as the Director of two short films, where she has further demonstrated her talent for filmmaking. Tracy has served as a Member of the MVPA, NARAS Board of Governor, A.I.M. Board of Governor, ONENESS Board of Governor, Musicares Supporter/volunteer, and is a Single Mom Foundation Supporter Currently, Tracy is working on building her Sea Song Music indy label and Lust for Life Events which focus on all aspects of event production, live performance entertainment, and charitable fundraising.
HeART Sessions Long Beach Contributor
Liz Gordon has been actively involved with AIM 4 the HEART for the last five years and began as a HEART Education facilitator with AIM 3 years ago. She is an essential member of volunteer staff that run heART Sessions in Long Beach out of Homeland Cultural Center. Liz chose to become a facilitator because she believes in the HEART Education curriculum and the role AIM 4 the HEART plays in developing a safe space for creative voices inside our community. She has been singing since age 9 both her heart and voice have been an anchor for the Long Beach community. She is mother of two beautiful daughters, who also attend workshops.