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 25 years of her life helping 50,000 marginalized 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 was produced by CineStar Productions and stars George Kennedy. She also wrote The Immortals, a PBS pilot that stars Ed Asner as Socrates. Several of her original screenplays have been optioned. Two of Jill's scripts have placed as Finalists in a number of writing competitions.
Jill has over 30 years of experience working with A-List actors and directors 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.
She has received numerous awards and media attention. Jill was one of 25 world leaders invited to participate in a Global Xchange program in South Africa and Belfast through the British Council. As a result, she initiated an Arts xChange project in Rwanda. Jill currently gives presentations to diplomats selected by American embassies through the International Visitors Council Los Angeles and the U.S. State Department. She has published three books, including one about mentoring youth. CBS Local featured her in their article, Best New Authors You Need to Know About.
In addition to being featured on national media outlets, Jill was one of eight people located throughout the United States who was chosen by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to be part of an exhibition called "Everyday Heroes" at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
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
The Center for Disease Control: Certification in "Evaluation of Violence Prevention Programs"
UCLA: Courses completed in Professional Certification Program in Producing