Rocky Bucano has an extensive executive career in television, music label management and digital entertainment distribution. He is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of the Universal Hip Hop Museum and a licensed financial advisor specializing in investments, Medicare health plans, estate planning, retirement and insurance. Rocky's experience includes working as technical director for WWOR TV; launching the Bronx-based Strong City Records with Hip Hop icon DJ Jazzy Jay; founding 3rd Rail Entertainment, an independent marketing and artist development firm to provide sales and marketing support to major recording companies such as MCA, Virgin, Atlantic, Warner Bros and Sony; and managing hip hop label Rowdy Records. After spending 12 years in the music industry Rocky earned his Bachelor's degree from the College of New Rochelle's School of New Resources in 1997 and then his Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix in 2001. Rocky assumed the role of President of the Universal Hip Hop Museum in 2012, and lead the chartered cultural arts and education organization to design and launch Hip Hop's first virtual museum and form the requisite political and business alliances to support the museum's development pursuit of a brick and mortar facility based in the South Bronx.
Kerry Candaele is a producer and director of documentary films. His producer credits include Following the Ninth: In the footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, Wal-Mart: THe High Cost of Low Price and Iraq for Sale for Brave New Films. He collaborated with his brother on the documentary A League of Their Own, about their mother’s experience in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This documentary was later turned into a blockbuster hit by Columbia Pictures with the same title starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, and Geena Davis. Kerry has also made films for the Raiford Rogers Dance Company of Los Angeles, the Festival of Sacred Music (UCLA), and other organizations. Kerry attended Columbia University, where he was a Richard Hofstadter Fellow and President’s Fellow in U.S. History. Earlier he studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and California State University, Chico. He has worked all over the world including China, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, South Africa, Gaza, and the West Bank.
Sheppard Kaufman is the President and Founder of Idea Asylum Productions. Shep has overseen IAP's expansion of services to include network playout and channel management, and served as the consultant for a ground-up satellite channel start-up. Prior to starting Idea Asylum, Shep spent nearly ten years in various capacities at ABC On-Air Promotion. While there, he created campaigns and spots for the Emmy Awards, Home Improvement, Roseanne, Coach, and more. He was also tapped to produce numerous corporate projects for the ABC Television Network Group and ABC Entertainment. In addition to ABC, Shep has written and produced promo and marketing projects for Columbia Pictures International Television, Children's Television Workshop, TNT, Universal Studios, and Mirage Resorts. He has also served as a writer, producer, and editor on productions whose topics range from the Olympic Torch Relay to the MOMIX/ISO Dance Troupe. Shep's early background includes lighting and sound design credits on various Los Angeles theater productions.
Jennifer Koliba is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Democracy Council, and previously served as Senior Advisor of Compliance and Director of Finance and Operations at Freedom House, Inc. Jennifer has over sixteen years of high-level experience in financial and account analysis, planning, budgeting, financial reporting, audit and general management. Ms. Koliba has helped to set up financial structures, policies and procedures, as well as train indigenous organizations, in more than a dozen countries including Serbia, Ukraine, Egypt, Jordan, Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Thailand. She has a BS in Business Administration from Strayer University.
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman is currently General Counsel at Creative Associates International, a leading implementer of the U.S. foreign assistance program, where he has overall legal responsibility for the organization’s $1 billion portfolio of projects in the areas of education, stabilization and democracy. He also serves on the Board of Creative Learning, Inc., on the Federal Club Council of the Human Rights Campaign, and as a founding member of Foreign Policy for America. Jeffrey previously served as Special Counsel to the Administrator of USAID, a senior Obama Administration appointment; among other duties in this role, he served as USAID’s representative to the White House Policy Committee on expanding international human rights. Jeffrey received a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. In his youth, Jeffrey was a conservatory-trained violinist, attended Interlochen and performed at Carnegie Hall with New York's Youth Symphony Orchestra; as a result, for a lifetime he has passionately supported and enjoyed the performing arts, among other genres.
James Prince founded Artistic Freedom Center in 2016 and serves as acting executive director. In addition to directing Artistic Freedom Center, Jim is President of the Democracy Council, where he designs and manages projects in emerging countries and post-conflict situations around the world. A sought-after speaker and commentator, Jim’s work on reform and stabilization projects has been widely covered in the national and international press, including a feature on CBS's 60 Minutes, and even served as the inspiration for a series of mystery novels. Jim received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a M.A. in National Security Policy from the Elliot School of International Relations at George Washington University. He also studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Christina M. Storm
Christina M. Storm is the Founder and President of Lawyers Without Borders, Inc. Prior to founding LWOB in 2000, she maintained an active trial practice for over 25 years, most recently (since 1991) as a partner in Byrne & Storm, PC a firm of 5-6 lawyers she managed with her husband in Hartford, Connecticut. for approximately 20 years she served as a volunteer special master in the Superior Court mandated mediation program in Connecticut. She has served as an officer of the Connectictut Bar Associations International Section for the last several years and was recognized in 2006 as one of Connecticut's "Super Lawyers" in International Law. Christina has been a member of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution, International Law and Senior Lawyers Sections. Prior to 2008 she worked full time with LWOB on an uncompensated basis, directing contributions to LWOB largely into sustaining operations and project development initatives. For her efforts as Founder of Lawyers Without Borders, Inc., Christina was awarded the Otto Walter Alumni Award in International Law from New York Law School. She received her B.A. from Manhattanville College and J.D. from New York Law School.
Andrew Wintner, is a music curator and branding veteran with over 15 years of experience in music, marketing and hospitality at top organizations including Marriott Hotels, The Palms Hotel & Casino and B.R. Guest Restaurants. He founded The Beat Advisory in 2011, and now oversees customized playlists for restaurants, hotels, bars and retail stores. Andrew’s work has been featured on NPR and CookingChannel.com. He’s also been written up in publications like The New York Post, 944, and Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional. A native New Yorker, Andrew now lives in Los Angeles, where he, oddly enough, subscribes to three different music streaming services and seeks out The New York Post print edition while soaking up as much live music as possible.