The Los Angeles City Tourism Board of Commissioners is composed of five members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The City Tourism Department (CTD) Executive Director reports directly to the Board.
The Board of Commissioners is responsible for:
- Advising the Mayor and City Council on tourism, marketing the City, and Convention Center business and operations.
- Directing the Executive Director and overseeing public/private partnerships with the private operator of the Convention Center and the convention and visitors bureau.
- Advising on matters related to developing a strategic plan for tourism and hotel development.
- Providing recommendations on rates.
Current Board Members
- Jon F. Vein, President
Jon Vein is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist. Jon co-founded and served as the CEO of MarketShare, a leading cloud-based, big data marketing analytics and software company. With eight offices around the world, MarketShare had a significant impact on allocating over $200 billion in marketing investments for more than half of the Fortune 50 companies. In 2016, after MarketShare was acquired by Neustar, Mr. Vein moved on to pursue other endeavors in the public and private sectors. In 2016 and 2017, Jon was recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles by The Los Angeles Business Journal, and he was a winner of the 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Prior to MarketShare, Jon served as Chief Operating Officer of Michael Ovitz's AMG (Artists Management Group) and APG (Artists Production Group), overseeing all divisions, including talent, animation, sports, music, publishing and feature film production. Before joining AMG/APG, he was Chief Operating Officer of Film Roman, the premier independent animation production company in the United States.
An Emmy Award winner, Jon produced many film and television projects, including King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and the acclaimed Swimming with Sharks. Jon started his entertainment career as a founding partner of noted entertainment law firm Dern & Vein.
Jon serves on the boards of many other organizations, including the US Fund for UNICEF’s Southern California Region, the California Science Center and the California Cultural and Historic Endowment. Jon graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S., double-majoring in Material Sciences and Engineering and Electrical Engineering-Computer Science with high honors, and received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
- Taelor I. Bakewell
Taelor has been able to create effective, quality, and long-standing change within her community through a balance of streamlined messaging and grassroots initiatives.
As Vice President of Influencer Marketing at the largest PR firm in the world, she has paired top talent and influencers like Serena Williams and Chloe Bailey to major multi-million-dollar partnerships with brands like DoorDash, the American Egg Board, Dairy Management, Inc., HP Adobe and more.
Prior to joining Edelman, Taelor served as the official spokesperson for one of the largest utilities in the country, Southern California Edison (SCE), where she dealt with some of the toughest environmental issues facing the country. Prior to SCE, she was the Digital Director for the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and the Head of Public Relations for California’s largest festival, Taste of Soul, where she managed relationships with clients like Cedars Sinai, Bank of America, McDonald’s, LA Dodgers and Hyundai.
Taelor was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and unanimously confirmed by City Council as a commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, on which she served from 2021 to 2023. Taelor was then appointed by Mayor Karen Bass in 2023 to the Los Angeles City Tourism Board of Commissioners.
- Juan Camacho
Juan Camacho is Vice President of Government Relations at Fox Corporation (FOX). In this capacity, Juan is responsible for the state and local government relations program for FOX.
Juan’s portfolio of public policy issues includes production tax incentives, privacy, labor and employment and other issues that affect corporate and entertainment interests. At the local government level, Juan works on issues ranging from on location filming, permits, and land use.
Juan currently serves on a number of personal and professional boards including Getty House Foundation, VICA, BizFed, FilmLA, and as the Vice President of the Equality California Institute Board. Juan resides in Echo Park with his husband Justin Keller, N.P., and their two dogs.
- Cameron Onumah
Cameron Onumah is the Head of Public Policy for Prime Video and Amazon Studios, leading Amazon’s Public Policy and Community Engagement teams in Southern California regionally, and for Amazon’s Media and Entertainment businesses – Prime Video, Amazon Studios, MGM Studios and Amazon Music nationwide. Before joining Amazon in November 2018, Cameron served as an Advisor to United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, and as Political Director of the Senator’s successful 2018 reelection campaign. Prior to Senator Feinstein, Cameron worked for former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and briefly produced and co-hosted a political podcast hosted by actor Sean Astin.
Cameron also serves on the boards of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Business Federation (LA BizFed), Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC), Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA). He has degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he serves on their Board of Trustees.
- Kathleen Rawson
Kathleen Rawson has more than 30 years of experience in hospitality and place management. Rawson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Hollywood Partnership, the non-profit organization that manages the Hollywood Entertainment District, including the world-renowned Walk of Fame. Before her new role in Hollywood, Rawson served as CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.) from 1997 to 2022.
During her time in Santa Monica, Rawson expanded DTSM, Inc.'s role within the halls of influence and tackled new responsibilities that helped shape Downtown Santa Monica into one of the country's most dynamic and attractive urban districts. Rawson successfully transformed the award-winning placemaking organization into the largest property-based assessment district, by budget, in the State of California and implemented a hospitality and maintenance program that amplified the impact of city services and evolved into one of the most extensive programs in the country.
In addition, Rawson diversified the DTSM, Inc. board to include residents, business owners, property owners, and city officials and increased staff capacity from five to 14 place management professionals. Rawson also spearheaded the creation of a community treasure, Ice at Santa Monica, a seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink two blocks from the beach.
Her passion for helping transform organizations into agents for positive change in her community goes beyond her work at The Hollywood Partnership and DTSM, Inc., extending into her private life as well. Rawson previously served as chair of the International Downtown Association and the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, was past president of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue, a member of the Santa Monica History Museum board, and a former member of the boards for Turning Point Transitional Housing Shelter, Santa Monica AIDS Project, and Southern California Women for Understanding.
Notice to City Tourism Department Industry Professionals
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