Women in Music's LA chapter is run by a group of tireless and dedicated women who work throughout different parts of the music industry. We look forward to meeting you out at an event soon!
LA Co-Chapter Lead & Board Director
Sari has been involved in WIM since 2014 when she helped launch the organization in Canada. After moving to New York, she joined the board of directors. When living in LA for most of 2017 and working at Concord Music, she took on leading the LA Chapter.
Currently, Sari lives back in NYC (but works on WIM LA projects from a far) and is the Associate Director, Business Development at MKG - a creative experience agency working with major brands.
Earlier in her career, Sari founded a marketing and communications agency called AB Co. She was awarded a Stevie Award in the Young Entrepreneur Category, an International Women Achiever's Award in the Entertainment category, and listed in ProfitGuide's Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs list. She was profiled in the Globe & Mail, asked to speak internationally at a number of conferences, and housed a team of 15 staff. Sari also has a deep passion for leadership and organizational culture, and writes about it often here.
LA Co-Chapter Lead
Kristen works at Universal Music Group managing the daily operations and communications of Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and Billboard’s #1 Most Powerful Person in Music 2016, 2015 & 2013. She also founded the Universal Music Women’s Network, the companies first employee driven group.
Kathleen Wirt has owned the legendary boutique studio 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica since 1989, and has been the sole owner since 2001. Described as a "groovy little hideout," the studio has helped launch the careers of many artists, engineers, and producers. Hailing from Missouri with an English degree, Kathleen also belongs to NARIP, NARAS, and SPARS. As the former VP of Membership for LAWIM, she now looks forward to facilitating the transition of those members as they join with WIM - LA.
Su-Rmi Givens began her career in Public Relations, creating strategic integrated marketing campaigns in B2B, entertainment, gaming, technology, fashion, hospitality and e-commerce. She shifted careers to the music industry where she worked in A&R at the Island Def Jam Music Group. After the labels seperated, she continued in the same role at Island Records.
Currently, Givens works in Business Affairs at Interscope Records. She manages artist creative delivery and repertoire, overseeing Studio Hub under UMG’s Strategic Operations label process initiative. Givens liaisons with producers, songwriters, mixers and managers to execute business processes with every department at the label, including Production, A&R, Marketing, Licensing, TV & Sync, etc. Additionally she ensures all necessary clearances are obtained for the release of a song and/or video from third party contributors and outside record labels & publishers.
Givens is a futurist with an entrepreneurial spirit. She is a self-proclaimed music and technology junkie. In her spare time, she attends on average one show a week, travels the world, and immerses herself with various philanthropic efforts on a global scale. Givens is also a board member for the Universal Music Women’s Network (UMWN).
Liz Garard is the Chairperson and Founder of Nap Girls and lives in Venice, CA. She is also the Community Manager at Bkstg, an app for communities of music fans. She graduated from Vanderbilt University, majoring in marketing and women’s studies.
Events Vice Chair
A native of Los Angeles, Moya Nkruma fell in love with the classical arts and the entertainment industry at a very young age. An accomplished opera singer, Ms. Nkruma has starred in several opera productions and musicals, including Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s La Traviata and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story, just to name a few. In addition to her love of performing, Moya also has a strong passion for the business side of music. Using her ear as a musician and her experience as a performer, she understands the creative process, the discipline required to achieve certain artistic aesthetics, and what it simply and complexly means to be an “artist”. She has held creative positions at BMG Music Publishing and was the Associate Producer for KPFK 90.7 FM’s afro-beat show, “Radio Afrodicia” hosted by DJ Nnamdi Moweta.
Currently, Moya Nkruma is the Associate Director for the Rhythm & Soul/Urban dept at ASCAP in the Los Angeles office, where she is responsible for procuring new songwriter/producer talent, cultivating new and existing industry relationships, and produces several live events throughout the year (i.e. showcases, writing camps, award shows, etc). Drawing on these experiences, coupled with her knowledge of the current trends of the music industry, Moya hopes to continue to assist in the creative development of artists and advocate for music creator rights.
Natasha Pasternak is an artist in the most honest sense of the word. As a songwriter, composer, multi instrumentalist to a producer and performer, you could say making art is in her blood and bones.
Classically trained in acting, voice and dance at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada. She established her career as a musician in the Canadian music scene for several years, working with some of the top musicians, producers and record labels the country. After accomplishing many goals in her career, it still left her wanting more. Natasha set off to bigger horizon’s and headed to Los Angeles, CA to co-write pop music and deepen her technical skills in music production. She currently resides and creates in Los Angeles, CA.
LA Fundraising Committee Lead
Asya is the Founder & Publisher of Fusicology, the source for progressive soul music & culture since 2003; A hub for new music, artists and content for the urban alternative movement.
The site, newsletters and app provide event listings and lifestyle marketing now to over 20 markets along with viral promotion. Shein describes herself as an “cultural curator, community builder and lover of soulful music, branding & technology.”
Asya began as a rave event promoter at the age of 15 and at 20 started started her own DJ agency, booking various iconic hip hop, soul and house music artists in North America, Japan and Europe.
In 2003 she founded Fusicology and the rest is Her-Story ... 2018 will commemorate the 15 Year Anniversary & the launch of FuseLife.
LA Membership Committee Lead
Elizabeth Henderson is a music industry professional with over ten years of specializing in synch licensing and media. Elizabeth has held positions at IDJ Records, Universal Music Publishing, and has recently joined the synch licensing team at Warner/Chappell Music. Elizabeth graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French. As well as French, Elizabeth also speaks and is currently studying Swedish. Her interests include music, pop culture, politics, travel, good books, foreign films and international TV.
Amanda Tufeld began her career in music publishing at SONGS in 2012. In the role of Creative Services, Amanda helps to ensure that all of SONGS writers’ needs are being met and all communication is getting where it needs to go, both internally and externally. She is currently responsible for taking care of over 80 active songwriters - in both the business and creative sense. Amanda has set up over 500 sessions for her writers in the last five years, many of which have been placed in ads, films, and television.
Jacq Becker has spent the past 12 years completely immersed in the music industry as both a business executive and a recording artist, which has given her a unique POV on the space and an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the digital media and music landscape.
As an artist, Jacq's love for the arts brought her to Yale University where she studied classical music and first began songwriting. Shortly after, Jacq moved to LA where she fell in love with jazz.
Jacq would eventually take her music on the road, performing throughout Europe and writing between LA, Sweden, and Nashville. Jacq’s original songs were placed in major TV and film productions (Top 5 staring Chris Rock, Pretty Little Liars, Seven Days in Utopia starring Robert Duvall.)
It was not long after that Jacq signed her first major deal with Grammy award-winning producer, Redone (Lady Gaga) via Capitol Records. During which Jacq worked with her professional idols such as producers for Sade, John Legend, Mary. J. Blige, and Alicia Keys.
On the business side of things, Jacq worked at Universal Music Group on the Global Digital business team for 4 years before venturing in the music tech start-up world. She served as the Partnership Lead and Artist-In-Residence at two different music and entertainment-focused start-ups, generating and managing strategic partnerships with talent, management, labels and digital service providers. Currently Jacq is heading up business development for a new content ID company, Orfium.