Changeist’s Advisory Board is a group of professionals committed to supporting the strategy and sustainability of the organization. Our board plays a critical role in guiding our service strategy and building the organization within California.

Fred Grinstein
In 2018 Fred joined Anonymous Content to spearhead the Non Fiction programming division working with the company’s extensive talent management roster to establish a prestige unscripted content brand.
Previously in 2015, Grinstein joined Vice Media as Vice President of TV Development, collaborating with Filmmaker and Creative Director Spike Jonze to start up and launch Viceland, playing a key role in navigating the media company’s transition into television; and serving as a development exec for series including Weediquette, Flophouse, Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, and Randomizer.
After the network launch in 2016, Grinstein stepped up for a new role within the Vice Media organization, heading up newly formed LA-based Unscripted TV division of recently acquired Pulse Films, co-developing with the company’s award-winning music video/ digital/ branded/ commercial/ and feature film divisions. While at Pulse, he served as Executive Producer on The New Age of Terror (History) and Twiz and Tuck (Viceland) meanwhile developing for clients at A&E, CNN, E!, Esquire, Vice, and Nat Geo.
Prior to his time at Vice, Grinstein spent 5 years as a programming executive for A&E, responsible for overseeing the development and production of the net’s real life series; serving as executive producer on hit A&E series including Storage Wars, Crazy Hearts: Nashville, Dogs of War, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Psychic Kids, as well as The Ghost Inside My Child for BIO/LMN. Grinstein also developed Amish Mafia, which became a hit series for Discovery.
Before joining A&E Networks, Grinstein served as Director of Development for Tiger Aspect Productions, credits include Make Me a Supermodel for Bravo, Extreme Trains for History, and Desert Car Kings on Discovery. Prior to working for Tiger Aspect, he produced and directed for Travel Channel, MTV, and PBS. Grinstein is also responsible for developing and producing TLC’s first docusoap, Sheer Dallas, as well developing and producing the first season of Emmy Award-winning Cash Cab on Discovery. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Josh Holt, Co-Chair
Josh is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Finance Department. Mr. Holt’s practice focuses on the representation of banks, commercial finance companies, business development companies, and other financial institutions, as well as equity sponsors and other borrowers, in a wide range of transactional matters. Josh has been recognized as an “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA 2016 and 2017, and selected as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2017. He holds a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.  Josh is an avid outdoor enthusiast with his wife and two sons.

Morgan Keller
Morgan is a co-owner of Indie Brewing Company. Sporting an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, Morgan is an advertising industry veteran, having worked his way up the ranks of Los Angeles’ top agencies (Chiat Day and Saatchi & Saatchi). As a producer and technical lead for clients such as Gatorade, Pepsi, Disney, Toyota, Nissan and Infiniti, Morgan has led large cross-functional teams to execute advertising campaigns on-time and on-budget. In addition to the management aspect of his work, he has technical expertise in both traditional and interactive methods of advertising and strategy including email marketing, viral campaigns, and social media. His responsibilities with Indie Brewing Company include development and implementation of marketing activities, company operations, and growth strategy.

Denise Lopez
Strategic Advisor & Engagement Specialist
Denise is a 10-year veteran of bi-cultural community engagement, public affairs and political campaigns, experienced in recruiting and building coalitions comprised of influential political figures, media outlets and opinion leaders in key states and congressional districts. Denise understands grassroots organizing and how media, marketing, and other strategies fit into an advocacy campaign.
Most recently Denise served as a strategic communications consultant in Washington, D.C., at one of the largest public affairs firms of its kind, where she was responsible for multiple public engagement campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, issue advocacy groups, and national non-profits. She is fluent in Spanish, a seasoned cultural interpreter, and a digital marketing expert. Her passion is connecting people and ideas to drive growth and social impact for her clients.

Corneil Montgomery
Corneil is a corporate social responsibility and community affairs professional and a lifelong advocate for social change. He brings that passion to his role with Bank of the West, where he is a VP, Sr. Regional Corporate Social Responsibility Officer. He manages the Bank’s regional CSR program including social impact strategies, philanthropic investments, community engagement and volunteerism for the Southern California Division.
Previously, Corneil served as a Senior Mobility Analyst and Program Lead for Social Innovation for Toyota Motors North America, implementing mobility programs to help improve quality of life for vulnerable populations. Earlier in his career, he was an Associate Director at Habitat for Humanity International, where he developed programs for neighborhood revitalization and aging in place, as well as various other community initiatives. He also has managed various community development-focused nonprofits and government entities. Montgomery earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities from Walden University. He has his Master in Education and Bachelor of Science in Management from North Carolina A&T State University.

Michael Nadeau
Michael joined Oaktree Capital Management in 2018 as Global Chief Information Officer and Managing Director. Prior to Oaktree, he was Amundi’s Deputy Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO), as well as CTO of AmundiPioneer. Before that, Michael was the Global CTO at Pioneer Investments leading up to the acquisition of the firm by Amundi. Earlier in his career ,he spent 14 years with Wellington Management.  Michael earned B.S. in computer information systems from Bentley University. Michael was born in Maine and spent all of his adult life in Boston until moving to Los Angeles in October 2018 to join Oaktree. Michael has been a season ticket holder of the New England Patriots for 25 years, loves hockey and soccer, and enjoys science and science fiction. In prior years, Michael was a mentor for Year-Up students in the Boston chapter.

Ellen Padnos
Ellen co-founded and was Editor-in-Chief of which she sold with her husband in 2013. Ellen spent her early career working in Sales and Operations at Yahoo in Silicon Valley and for USA Networks in New York.
Ellen currently resides in Manhattan Beach with her young family. She loves what she does and with over 100 active members of her groups, Joyful Giving and Joyful Giving Kids, is changing how her community, young and old, finds out and supports local nonprofits, not only financially but through volunteering and activism too.

David G. Price
David has over 20 years of experience working in private equity, consulting and financial services. He currently serves as a Managing Director at Point B Capital where he focuses on the firm’s Private Equity business and in managing the deployment of operational assets to assist in portfolio company transformations.
Prior, David was a Senior Vice President for the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). At GLG, David drove sales, and strategy for the Western Region across the firm’s Private Equity, Investment Management and Strategic Projects platforms.
David began his career working in the banking sector at Banc of America Securities and Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners. He has a BA from the University of Southern California and completed work in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his work with Changeist, he volunteers with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He currently lives in Marina Del Rey with his wife and daughter and is an avid skier, rock climber and triathlete.

Erin Ross
Erin serves as the Senior Managing Director of Site Revenue for City Year Los Angeles, the largest site of the national AmeriCorps program dedicated to tackling the high school dropout crisis. Erin joined City Year L.A. in 2006 as a member of the start-up team and has been instrumental in growing the program from an annual budget of $2M to $13+M in 10 years.  In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing all public and private revenue for the site. Previously she was responsible for private sector fundraising and successfully built and managed relationships with corporations, foundations, and individual donors including The Walt Disney Company, Sony, JPMorgan Chase, the W.M. Keck Foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons, and more.  The annual fundraising gala she launched, “Spring Break: Destination Education” was recognized as one of the “Best Events of 2011” by Society News LA. Prior to joining City Year, Erin was a member of the founding team of United Leaders, a national non-profit focused on training the next generation of political leaders. For her work at United Leaders, she was recognized with the Gleitsman Foundation Award of Achievement and featured in The Los Angeles Times, Boston Magazine, The Washington Post, “Taking Back the Vote” and more.  Erin graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. She is also a graduate of the 2009 Class of Leadership L.A.  Erin lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Mike Liotta, and their son, Duncan.

Howard Wang, Co-Chair
Howard joined Ares Management in 2000 and is currently a Managing Director and Senior Analyst in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on investment opportunities in non-investment grade U.S. corporate credit. Prior to joining Ares, Howard was a Senior Associate in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services unit at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles – Anderson School of Management, where he graduated as a Global Access Program Fellow. Howard is an ardent supporter of public education, a competitive endurance athlete, and a life-long Dodgers and Lakers fan. He resides in Cerritos with his wife and two daughters.

Michelle Wedberg
Michelle serves as the Vice President for Service Operations at City Year. In this role, Michelle is responsible for supporting achievement of site-level goals for impact at over 200 partner schools nationwide. Michelle comes to this role having gathered over fifteen years of experience in leading youth development and school-based service work. She spent eight years in the field with City Year Greater Philadelphia where she led school-based teams and rose to become Director of the site’s Young and City Heroes programs. Michelle was promoted to Headquarters as the National Young Heroes Director in 2004, before moving on to help develop and lead City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child model. Michelle does her work out of New Orleans, LA and is honored to serve as a board member for Big Citizen HUB and Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools.