The Arts Council of Century City

Mission: The Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and providing leadership in Century City and its surrounding communities through the promotion and support of a broad range of artistic activities and initiatives. As a part of the Century City Chamber of Commerce, the Council serves the community by its inclusive programs promoting educational activities, increasing enjoyment and appreciation of the arts, serving as a resource for art and culture, and facilitating the economic reality of Century City. 

Council Members

Nancy Wood
President & CEO | Century City Chamber
Grant Withers
Investment Counselor 
David J. Berardo
International Tax Attorney
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Ruth Crnkovich, Curatorial Adviser and Appraiser
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Scott Schaefer  
Founding Member Emeritus
Curator Emeritus | The Getty Museum
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Kara Koerner
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Joe Nicoletti
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Agnès Penot
Art Gallery Manager
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Katherine Koyanagi
 Intellectual Property Attorney
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Jean Tardy-Vallernaud
Art & Wealth Consultant

Jean Tardy-Vallernaud is the Founding Chair of the Arts

Council of the Century City Chamber of Commerce and serves as

President of the Century City Arts and Culture Foundation. He

founded Gainsborough Capital LLC, an art and finance advisory

firm, in 2002. 

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Michael Heumann
Art Attorney

Michael Heumann chairs the Nossaman LLP Art Law Team,

whose specialists cover legal issues for collectors, dealers,

galleries, auctioneers and museums, and is a member of the

Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council. He has been a

trustee of the Southwest Museum (President, 1995-2003) and of

the Autry Museum for the past 27 years, and a collector of Native American Indian art for 35 years.

Scott Rosser
Private Client Advisor

Scott Rosser is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in Los Angeles. Scott works with high net worth individuals and families who have sophisticated wealth management needs. With more than twenty years of experience, he offers financial guidance to entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and real estate investors. Scott also focuses on helping individuals in the art community working closely with artists, art collectors, and art museums. 

Mark Garcia
Law Firm Bus. | Dev. Consultant

As the principal of Mark Garcia Marketing & Client Development (, Mark advises business law, financial services, and cybersecurity technology firms on growing brand visibility, client lead generation, elevating demand for their offered services. He also designs profitable client retention and expansion campaigns. Mark is particularly skilled in direct outreach to qualified new client targets, producing winning service proposals, and thought leadership media relations. Mark assists the Century City Arts Council with media and community outreach.

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Abigail Spector
Fine Artist and Educator

Abigail Spector is an artist and educator from Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Painting in 2016 and an MA in Art Education in 2020. Her artistic practice focuses on wildlife and environmental issues caused by human involvement and urbanization. Abigail works as a teacher in a private school and as a private art educator specializing in painting and drawing throughout the Los Angeles area.

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Aurele Danoff Pelaia
 Entertainment, Media & the Arts Attorney

Aurele serves as Senior Counsel at Eisner Law, LLP. Aurele’s clients range from individuals to international corporations, operating in industries including fine art, fashion, apparel and retail, film, television and cable, music, technology, finance, and real estate. She also has ample experience handling complex litigation matters. Apart from her membership in The Arts Council, Century City Chamber of Commerce, she serves as the Vice President, Board of Directors, Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue, is a member of the Executive Committee for Hammer Collective and a committee member for Hammer K.A.M.P., and is a member of The American Friends, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She formally served as a Glass Leadership Institute Fellow, Anti-Defamation League as well as a former co-chair of LACMA’s Avant-Garde group.