Meet the Artist Magnet Team!

David Mack - Founder/CEO

 David Mack

David Mack is responsible for Artist Magnet's long-term growth and strategic planning. He currently serves as Strategic Director for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and consultant for Ate9 Dance Company, and he is a NextGen Arts Professional Development Grant Awardee.  As Managing Director of Watts Village Theatre Company from 2009-2013, he expanded the company's annual budget from $80,000 to $250,000, securing funding from major grantors, including $100,000 from the California Community Foundation, $55,000 from the James Irvine Foundation and $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.  In 2013, he served as General Manager of The Industry's INVISIBLE CITIES; the music was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Music citation, the documentary, produced by KCET, garnered an LA Area EMMY for Entertainment Broadcasting, and the creators received four LA Ovation Award nominations.  In 2014, he produced L.A. Dance Project's inaugural production at the 1,600 seat Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, helping to raise over $175,000 in ticket sales.  David's first project as a producer was in 2008, when he founded Chocolate City, a showcase connecting performers and writers of color from institutions across Southern California to Hollywood Industry agents, managers and casting directors.  David has served as Chairman of LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas’ Empowerment Congress Arts & Culture Committee, Board Secretary and Education Chair of the Watts Neighborhood Council, Board member of Mutineer Theatre Company, Steering Committee member of Arts for LA, member of the LA Producer’s League Transitional Committee, and Board Member of the LA Producer’s League for Large Theaters.  He currently sits on the Board of the Dance Resource Center.  Cornell University, B.A. Theatre, Applied Economics and Management; California Institute of the Arts, M.F.A. Theatre.

 

Christopher Lackert - Board Chair/Legal Advisor

Chris Lackert

Christopher Lackert is responsible for overseeing AM’s financial growth, sustainability, legal compliance and risk management.  Christopher currently works at Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. dealing with SEC and FINRA compliance issues and is a current LLM student at John Marshall Law School.  Christopher's past education includes a B.S. and M.P.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Creighton University.

 

Manish Nagdewani - Web Developer

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Manish Nagdewani has over five years of experience in web development, and is an expert in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySql, JS, Jquery, Ajax, and Ruby on Rails, Java and Software Testing.  As a Software Developer for Future Informatics and Java Developer for Astute Systems, he provided Analysis of the requirements provided by the requester/business/end users, Estimation and authorizations/approvals, project planning, work allocation, Coding and reviews, testing, load testing-Implementation and issues resolution.  He was awarded best employee of 2014 by Future Informatics and completed the RAD Application Developer Certification Program from IBM.  MITS, B.E. Computer Science.