Kim McCleary Blue is the President of Town Hall Los Angeles, the city’s oldest and most prominent nonprofit public speaker forum, which has hosted past presidents, key business leaders and cultural icons since 1937. Her career experience includes senior executive positions in the nonprofit and private sectors, with accomplishments resulting from her skills in public affairs, strategic planning, fundraising, program management, marketing and operations.
Prior to joining Town Hall, McCleary was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of New Visions Foundation, which focuses on providing excellent educational opportunities to underserved youth.
McCleary also spent more than 20 years at the Los Angeles Times serving in most of the major operational management roles. She is widely known for The Times’ community outreach efforts that she led as Vice President of Public Affairs. She also served as President of the paper’s charitable foundations, The Times Mirror and Los Angeles Times Foundations, and has served in a leadership position on numerous Los Angeles nonprofit boards.
She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Marian Shima is an award-winning executive with more than 20 years of combined experience impacting organizational success through the creative development and leadership of high-profile projects and programs. In her role at Town Hall, Marian is responsible for the strategic development and production of 40 events annually.
Prior to joining Town Hall Los Angeles in 2010, Marian held several management positions during her 11-year tenure at the Los Angeles Times. As Executive Director of Public Affairs, her most recent position, she led the Los Angeles Times Family Fund’s $3.3M fundraising/grant-making program and oversaw signature programs such as Reading by 9, a children’s literacy collaborative between public, private and community-based organizations. Marian also managed community outreach for mayoral, gubernatorial and presidential debates hosted by The Times.
Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Marian held several hotel marketing management positions at the Disneyland Resort. She has received numerous honors, including the International Reading Association
“Celebrate Literacy” Award for Reading by 9, the President’s (Bush) Volunteer Service Award, the “Women as Peacemakers” award from the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, and the United Way’s “Campaign Coordinator of the Year.” Her affiliations include Asian American Journalists Association (Los Angeles Chapter), Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) Advisory Board and Goodwill Southern California Marketing/PR committee.
Kyle Langan is an award-winning writer and media consultant and directs all of the marketing efforts for Town Hall’s diverse programming to engage and educate Angelenos and further the organization’s mission of open public discussion.
Prior to joining Town Hall, Kyle worked as a Social Media Consultant in the luxury real estate arena, implementing viral digital campaigns, leading social media education workshops, and creating original branded content to elevate digital platforms, both informationally and aesthetically. Additionally, he is the Founder of the online lifestyle brand, www.HamptonstoHollywood.com, a daily editorial publication and e-commerce shop.
His debut Young Adult novel was released to booksellers across the country in early 2016 and he holds a B.A. in Communication from DeSales University.
Prior to joining Town Hall Los Angeles, Kathy was an advertising and marketing professional with a successful track record and extensive experience in account management, direct marketing, relationship marketing, strategic analysis and positioning. She has been a senior executive for several Los Angeles area advertising agencies including Schwartz Rahman Communications, N.W. Ayer & Partners and Gumpertz/Bentley/Fried.
She has managed a wide range of accounts including Avery Dennison, the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business Executive Education Program, Guthy-Renker (Proactiv, Meaningful Beauty, Natural Advantage, Reclaim, Winsor Pilates, Sheer Cover), Technicolor, Mattel’s Barbie Collectibles, Mattel’s Hot Wheels Collectibles, carparts.com, Youbet.com, Stagg Chili, the Los Angeles Zoo, La Costa Resort & Spa, In-N-Out Burger, Redken Laboratories, Numero Uno Pizza, Southern California Honda Dealers, Frozfruit Frozen Fruit Bars, and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
She has been the keynote speaker for LADMA & SoCalDMA, and is the former President of the Organization of Women Executives. She serves on the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Board as a Community Member on the Board Governance Committee. She is a past Board member of the Coalition for Engaged Education, a non-profit dedicated to improving educational opportunities for underserved Los Angeles youth.
Kathy is a graduate of the University of Southern California and lives in the Hollywood Hills.