Thank you so much for joining us at LEAP's first virtual fundraising event. While we would have loved to have seen you in person, we are grateful that we were able to still come together online and have a bit of fun as we gear up for the next year at LEAP. Scott's commitment to bringing social justice to our legal system was inspiring. And, of course, our audience was moved by the words of our fellows who are dedicated to making the world a more just and equitable place for all.
– Kyara, USC Senior, Dream Law schools Georgetown and Harvard
– Clarissa, Cal Poly Pomona Graduate, Dream Law Schools Loyola and Davis
– Julia, UCLA Graduate, Dream Law School UCLA Law School
Scott Budnick was a successful Hollywood producer, best known for executive producing the Hangover series as well as the Bryan Stevenson film, Just Mercy. In 2012, at the peak of his success he left the film business to start the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), a non-profit organization that provides a support network for the formerly incarcerated. He was named California's Volunteer of the Year. He and his organization have pushed through game-changing legislative bills (such as Prop 57 which expanded CA’s rehabilitation in prisons), four bills that require the Board of Parole Hearings to conduct youth offender parole hearings for people sentenced to prison who committed the crime when they were children or young adults (20,000 people impacted).
In January 2018, he stepped back into the world of Hollywood with the creation of One Community, a company he created with the aspirational goal of uniquely merging his background in storytelling and impact to effect positive social change on an even greater scale. With the intention to bring diverse voices on any particular issue to the table, One Community works closely with some of the most influential voices in the political, film, sports and entertainment spaces (the Obamas, Common, Michael B Jordan, Governor Newsom, etc.), studios (such as Warner Bros) and funders and organizations in the Philanthropic space.
A veteran entertainment industry executive and strategic consultant, DMA (Donna Michelle Anderson) designs and executes transformative game plans that finally get individuals and companies where they have been trying to go. Over the past 20 years, she has helmed top-rated programming for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more, authored two entertainment books that are taught in media programs nationwide, earned two tech patents and championed excellence in inclusion across multiple industries. She is a graduate, with distinction, of Stanford University and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and American Mensa.