2019 Women’s Executive Leadership Program Class
Amanda Scarano Carter
Amanda currently works as Director of Sales & Client Services for Sunset Studios (Sunset Bronson, Sunset Gower, and Sunset Las Palmas), the largest independent operator of studio facilities in the US. Sunset Studios is owned by Hudson Pacific Properties. Amanda joined the company in 2015, overseeing sales for Sunset Bronson Studios and shepherding in Netflix’s arrival into their studio headquarters. Amanda then moved to Sunset Las Palmas in 2017 to oversee this historic studio’s acquisition by Hudson Pacific Properties. In 2018 Amanda expanded her role to oversight of the entire studio portfolio.
Prior to her time as Sunset Studios, Amanda had a varied entertainment career ranging from operational consulting to studio facility management to film production, including 13 years overseeing physical production at Pierce Brosnan’s MGM-based production company, Irish DreamTime.
Amanda is a passionate volunteer and has spent many years volunteering with youth-focused charity organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Reading to Kids, and Young Storytellers. Amanda has also served for 10 years as volunteer Chair of the Producers Guild of America’s Environmental Initiative (PGA Green).
Amanda is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television and the Executive Management Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, dog, cat, and foster kids.
Sarah is the Assistant Director for Policy and Communications at the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department. She joined HCDD after Hurricane Harvey to help the city plan for an equitable recovery with more than $1 billion in federal disaster aid.
Before coming to Houston in 2017, Sarah worked in foreign policy in Washington, DC and New York City. She was a policy advisor on human rights and cyber policy at the State Department under Hillary Clinton, and founded the first human rights center at a business school in 2013. She co-directed the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights until 2017, where she also taught undergraduate courses in human rights and business ethics. She coordinated Hillary Clinton's policy working group on democracy, human rights, and international law during the 2016 campaign.
Sarah holds a BA in history from Grinnell College and an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Jessica Kaufman is a partner in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on class actions, financial services litigation and enforcement, and commercial disputes. Ms. Kaufman is lead counsel for a broad range of clients facing significant class and mass cases in highly regulated industries, from financial institutions facing claims under the federal and state contract and antitrust laws, RICO Act, federal regulatory schemes, and state usury and UDAAP statutes; to an aerospace company facing significant environmental tort actions; to one of the world’s largest shipping companies in a cross-border class and arbitration matter. She also regularly advises and represents clients in complex commercial disputes. Recent representative matters include the defense of a leading marketplace lender in a putative nationwide class action under state usury laws; a major consumer products company in multi-district antitrust litigation; a major shipping company defending against contract and UDAAP claims in connection with fee disclosures; and a lingerie company facing consumer protection claims, including claims of false advertising.
Ms. Kaufman is recommended by Legal 500 2018 in the area of Dispute Resolution: Financial Services: Litigation. She received her B.A., with high honors, from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2006, where she was a Dean's Merit Scholar and founded the Education Law and Policy Society. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Kaufman was a Teach For America corps member and later served on the national staff of that organization.
Jenn Richards is a communications expert and nonprofit leader with over fifteen years of experience in fundraising, strategic marketing, project management, and program design. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Teach for America, the Association for Public Art, and the Girl Scouts. A nonprofit “Jill of all trades,” Jenn has demonstrated an ability to secure funding from new and nontraditional sources, design and implement innovative programming, create and carry out multi-year initiatives, build strong relationships, and lead diverse teams through periods of change. She has a special interest in supporting organizations that improve the lives of women and girls. In 2018, Jenn founded High Gear Consulting Group to provide mission driven organizations with strategic communications and creative management solutions that recognize the unique needs of nonprofits.
Jenn is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She lives near Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
Michelle Rosemeyer serves as a Program Manager for the U.S. Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) program at Perspecta Inc. In this capacity, Michelle spearheads network design, architecture and operations teams supporting the Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI); one of the world’s largest, most secure intranets supporting over 700,000 Sailors and Marines. Michelle also drives new engineering solutions through the rigorous Department of Defense certification and accreditation process, and directs the implementation of her network architecture solutions to integrate segregated U.S. Navy networks into the NMCI network.
Prior to Program Management, Michelle spent nine years serving as Account Delivery Manager for the U.S. Navy’s NMCI contract where she was the principal contact for operational and tactical issues, developed new business opportunities and delivered IT resources to Navy and Marine Corps customers.
Michelle holds both an M.B.A and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland University College. She is also a Veteran of the U.S. Army and a full-time Navy wife and mom who has successfully managed both career and family through six deployments. Michelle has also competed in several full and half Ironman triathlons; she is an Iron Woman!
Dana Shapir is Director of Airports for JetBlue. A native of Israel, Dana came to the United States over 20 years ago after spending three years as a lieutenant in the IDF (Israel Defense Force). She began her career in aviation working as a customer service agent with Southwest Airlines in Oakland, California. After 16 years growing with Southwest, Dana took a position as regional manager for JetBlue in 2014. Since then, she has been promoted to general manager and most recently to Director of Airports, overseeing 71 cities in JetBlue’s domestic network.
Dana lives in Florida with her husband and two daughters.