Join us at the Economic Development Summit on Thursday, June 20 for an exciting breakout session discussing the future of Hollywood with key community leaders working with businesses, developers, and residents to make Hollywood an exciting place to live, work, and play. Attend a discussion with Dan Halden, Director of the HEART of Hollywood Initiative, Kristopher Larson, President & CEO of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, and Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Dan Halden is the Director of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s HEART of Hollywood initiative, a project focused on promoting economic growth, world-class design, and a strong sense of place and community in the historic core of Hollywood. As part of this role, Dan also serves as one of the two City appointees to the Hollywood Historic Trust, helping to oversee issues of importance to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dan previously served as Councilmember O’Farrell’s Hollywood field deputy, and former Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s deputy for the communities around Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign.
An award-winning planner by trade and an economist at heart, Kristopher Larson has spent the last fifteen years helping good cities become great. Career stops in urban place management, urban design, and economic development enable him to speak with an enlightened enthusiasm about how the confluence of marketplace dynamics, architecture, and the public realm can translate into defining, placemaking experiences. In February of 2019, Larson was hired as the President & CEO of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance (HPOA), the organization charged with the management of the Hollywood Entertainment District. He has held positions on both the public and private sides of community leadership and is thrilled to bring those perspectives to his new role with the HPOA.