Gamal J. Palmer, Board Member, is also the Senior Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Palmer is also the Founder and CEO of Global Eye Entrepreneurs, an organization creating a multi-cultural network where male entrepreneurs of color are provided with rigorous leadership and business development, mentorship, and resources to own thriving and sustainable businesses. In addition, Palmer leads workshops around the country on diversity and inclusion, leadership development and social innovation. Earlier in his career, Palmer co-founded the New York-based Theater Arts collective, “Company Cypher,” which missioned to transform the conversation around skin tone prejudice and racism.
Palmer earned an MFA and a Post-Graduate Associate from the Yale Schools of Drama and Management (SOM) in Business Organization & Leadership Development. While at Yale, Palmer co-created and lectured the study-abroad course, “Arts in Action: Theater and Public Health in Swaziland and South Africa’ and the graduate school program, ‘The Quest for Social Justice Through Music Theater and Religion in Tanzania’. In 2014, Palmer served as a Los Angeles Global Justice Fellow. Palmer delivered the TEDx Talk ‘Your Impact Artist Equation’ at Occidental College. Furthermore, Palmer completed The dSchool at Stanford University, The Team Management and Leadership Program and the Federation Innovation Leadership Lab. Palmer was a committee member for the CulverStudios City Expansion Commission (which was responsible for permitting Amazon to open Amazon Film in Los Angeles by acquiring 45% of Culver Studio’s campus), LAMDA Legals’ Leadership and Culture Council, The Wallenberg Institute for Ethics and was a previous board member for the Working Classroom in New Mexico. Most recently, Palmer was a ICAP Fellow at The Aspen Institute. Palmer is a 2019 Schusterman Fellow. A native of Philadelphia, Palmer is the youngest of nine children and was highly influenced by his activist parentage.