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’s the Founder and Former CEO of the nonprofit organization Create Now, which she founded in 1996. Jill has devoted 25 years of her life to helping over 50,000 marginalized youth in the Greater Los Angeles area (and Orlando, FL) 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 25 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. She has received numerous awards and media attention. Jill was one of 26 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 U.S. State Department.
She has published three books, including one about mentoring youth. CBS Local highlighted her in their article, Best New Authors You Need to Know About. In addition to being interviewed 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.
She’s featured in the book “100 Making a Difference” that includes Oprah, Kevin Costner, John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Bacon, Cindy Crawford, and many other celebrities. This high-quality coffee-table book will be available on Amazon at the end of 2021 with proceeds benefiting all the honored charities.
You can learn more about Jill by viewing her TEDx Talk, which was presented in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2016.
Stay tuned for Jill’s upcoming memoir, What You Give Is What You Get that will be published in 2022.
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 Professional Certification Program in Producing