Our Team

The People That help bring it all together...
Leila Steinberg

Founder/Board Member

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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

Marisol Ibanez-Tintorer

Director of Programming

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Marisol Ibanez is a Cuban-American with 6 years of experience working with AIM for the heArt in multiple capacities as an artist facilitator, curriculum trainer and program director. She is one of the co-founders of the Long Beach heArt Sessions. Marisol holds a Master’s Degree from the University of La Verne in Educational Counseling and has over 15 years teaching experience working directly with high-risk youth in California public schools. She has extensive experience in curriculum development. A full-time teacher at Polytechnic High School, Marisol has authored and designed the framework for the Ethnic Studies, Asian Studies, Latino Studies, and Social Justice courses. With nearly 20 years of activism and organizing experience working with Indigenous Rights, Latino, human relations, and youth organizations. She is an active poet, silversmith, and multi-media artist.

Asher Underwood

Director Of Social Media

 

Asher began working with AIM in 2009 after connecting with Leila Steinberg and founding www.TruthAboutTupac.com 

Having grown up with a passion for the arts, and a desire to implement "Arts Education" in his own life- Asher found that AIM was the perfect Home for him to build with a community.

In 2012, Asher worked on the social media campaign with OddFuture's Earl Sweatshirt which was re-introduced him "For the first time" to his audience after a 2 year hiatus in Samoa at the Coral Reef Academy. 

 

Asher is working to implement a strategic social media campaign with Leila Steinberg and all of AIM's supporters! 

You can check out his website: www.AsherUnderwood.com

Melissa Rous

Art Director

 

Melissa has over 10 years of professional experience in the graphic design and fashion industries.  She has designed for notable brands such as the Ed Hardy Jackets & Kids clothing lines, created artwork for Madonna's Clothing line "Material Girl", as well as Lindsay Lohan's "6126" Clothing line.  Melissa has also designed or created artwork for Hello Kitty, Mossimo, Target, MTV, BET, and the list goes on.  In 2006, Melissa travelled to the Philippines and worked for "Fashion TV", and was sent to China to work with Factories for Ed Hardy.  Currently, Melissa is running her own Graphic Design Business and working with start up companies internationally to build and brand their up and coming artists and fashion lines.

 

Find out more at: www.EvolvingGraphics.com

 

Jody David Armour

Board Member

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Jody is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He earned his A.B. degree in Sociology and Philosophy at Harvard University and his J.D. degree with honors from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. His book Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America, (New York University Press, 1997), received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. He is currently working on a book entitled HeArts and Minds in Blame and Punishment.

Brandon Tatum

Board Member

 

​​Mr. Tatum is originally from the south side of Chicago. He is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. While at Emory, Mr. Tatum became a member of the oldest Black-Greek fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. -- an organization dedicated to community service. Mr. Tatum earned his Juris Doctorate degree and graduated near the top of his class from the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law. He continued his education in the United Kingdom at the London School of Economics and Political Science, earning his Masters in Intellectual Property law. He became a licensed attorney at the age of 24 after passing the California Bar exam on his first attempt. Mr. Tatum is a former associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Century City, CA, a former in-house counsel at a Fortune 500 healthcare company dedicated to low-income populations based in Los Angeles, CA, and the founder of his own boutique International Entertainment Law practice catering primarily to music entertainment entities and talent. Previously, he engaged with AIM 4 The HeArt in the role of Special Counsel and continues to provide valuable support and guidance. Currently, Mr. Tatum is based in Tokyo, Japan where he earned his Masters in Business Administration degree at GLOBIS University, and he is currently expanding the international reach of his legal practice and community service. As Cyrano, a professional rapper and one of the most dedicated artist-educators for AIM 4 The HeArt, he has built a strong global fan base with celebrated performances in North America, the U.K., the European continent, Jordan, and more. Above all else, Cyrano's passion for the plight of under-served and underprivileged community is unwavering and reflected in his life's work.  http://www.BrandonTatumEsq.com | http://www.CyranoEsq.com | http://www.facebook.com/BrandonTatumEsq

Devanee Crawford

Board Member

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Eleanor Earl

Board Member

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Eleanor Earl is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies Program Coordinator at Hampton University in Virginia. She is executive producer, director, and co-host of a television show, “The View from Hampton U,” which airs weekly on COX-11(http://theviewfrom.hamptonu.edu). Ms. Earl is also partnered with acclaimed director and Karmaloop TV executive, Shomi Patwary, in Illusive Media, a multimedia company which has produced music videos for multiple Grammy award-winning artists (www.illusivemedia.com). 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 in International Studies held at Oxford University in Oxford, England and an M.F.A. in Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ms. Earl is a prolific artist and performer. Her work has been featured at such 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.

Lindsay Rielly

Board Member

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 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 5.
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Tracy Robinson

Board Member

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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.

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