Jill is originally from East Meadow, NY. She has traveled and lived all over the world and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian. She is the CEO of the nonprofit organization Create Now, which she founded in 1996. Jill has devoted the last 23 years of her life helping more than 44,000 at-risk and high-risk youth in Los Angeles to heal and thrive through therapeutic programs in the arts.
She is a produced screenwriter, having adapted the book Hit and Run by James Hadley Chase into the screenplay Rigged, which stars George Kennedy. This film was distributed internationally by Kodiak Films. She also wrote Socrates, a PBS pilot that stars Ed Asner. Several of her original screenplays were optioned. One of Jill's scripts has placed as a Quarter-Finalist in five different writing competitions, and most recently as a Finalist in an international writing contest and the Semi-Finalist in another competition..
Jill has over 20 years of experience working with top celebrities on award-winning film and TV productions all around the world as a Script Supervisor. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University, where she was a disc jockey on WTBU radio.
Jill also studied at the City of London Polytechnic and received a Professional Producer’s Certificate from UCLA. Jill spent several years traveling and living around the world, including throughout Latin America and Europe. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.
She has received numerous awards and media attention. Jill was one of 25 world leaders invited to participate in a Global xChange in South Africa and Belfast through the British Council. She currently gives presentations to international diplomats through the International Visitors Council and the U.S. State Department. She has published three books, including one about mentoring youth. CBS Local recently featured her in their article, Best New Authors You Need to Know About.
You can learn more about Jill by viewing her TEDx Talk, which was presented in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2016.
B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Film; Boston University
City of London Polytechnic, UK
Pitman’s Secretarial College, London
Center for Non-profit Management: Courses completed in Strategic and Operational Planning, Evaluation Training, Public Relations and Marketing, Fund-Raising, Grant Writing, Financial Management, Board Development and Volunteer Management and many more classes.
UCLA: Courses completed in Professional Certification Program in Producing