President & CEO
Kathryn Schloessman is President & CEO of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC), a nonprofit organization officially designated to attract, secure, and support high-profile sports and entertainment events in Los Angeles.
Kathryn leads LASEC’s strategic efforts to attract the most sought-after major events in the world and plays a crucial role in ensuring these events have an impact long after the fans go home. Kathryn established the LASEC Business Connect Program, which helps provide local, small, and diverse businesses with opportunities to compete for major event contracts, and authored the creation of community legacy programs to build a more equitable region.
Under Kathryn’s leadership, the Los Angeles region has been awarded more than a dozen major sporting events including the 2015 Special Olympics World Games; 2004, 2011, & 2018 NBA All-Star Weekends; 2017 NHL All-Star Game; Super Bowl LVI; 2022 MLB All-Star Game; 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship; 123rd U.S. Open Championship; 2026 U.S. Women’s Open; FIFA World Cup 26™; and Super Bowl LXI. LASEC continues to support the Local Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is actively working to secure another NBA All-Star Game, another Super Bowl, and Men and Women’s Rugby World Cup matches over the next decade.
LASEC also hosts three annual events focused on bringing community supporters together with industry leaders: Dodgers All-Access, a behind-the-scenes experience at Dodger Stadium; Lakers All-Access, an exclusive night on the court at Crypto.com Arena; and the LASEC Golf Classic at the storied Riviera Country Club.
Prior to joining LASEC, Kathryn was a 13-year veteran of CB Commercial (now CBRE), the largest commercial real estate company in the United States. As managing officer of CB Commercial’s Downtown Los Angeles office, she was responsible for business development, operations, and management of the Los Angeles region’s office professionals and oversaw CB Commercial’s community relations efforts. Kathryn also served as marketing director for CB Commercial’s Western Division and has more than 10 years of experience as lead broker for major lease transactions in the Downtown Los Angeles market.
Kathryn is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Chief Financial Officer
Irene Klepp is Chief Financial Officer of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Irene has responsibility for the finance, legal and administrative functions of the organization and provides executive support for LASEC board committees in the areas of audit, finance and risk management. Irene works closely with LASEC partners for budget and contract initiatives related to special events and upcoming high-profile events.
Prior to joining LASEC in July 2020, Irene was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Administration at the Richard Nixon Foundation, one of thirteen presidential foundations in the U.S. During a five-year term at the Foundation, she led the accounting, sales, operations, retail store and facility teams through an average of 200 annual events, expanding the customer base through concierge marketing, benchmarking, and innovative promotions for the retail experience. From 2007 to 2015, Irene founded and managed Klepp & Associates, an outsourced CFO practice designed for startups and venture capital-backed firms. She has held various program management and finance roles with Verizon Wireless and Western Digital Corporation in Southern California.
Irene graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences. She served on the Boards of the Association for Latin American Professionals and Financial Executives International (FEI) and volunteered with SCORE of Orange County as an accounting instructor to several hundred small business owners.
Vice President, Events & Business Development
Allison Citelli serves as Vice President, Events & Business Development of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Allison works directly with regional partners to submit bids for the most sought-after major events in the world and ensures they have an impact long after the fans go home by creating jobs, providing opportunities for local small and diverse businesses, and creating community legacy programs to build a more equitable region.
Allison also oversees LASEC-hosted events, marketing and corporate partner activation, strategic communications, and community programs including the annual Professional Development Program Summit and Business Connect, LASEC’s official supplier diversity program.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Allison spent three years with AEG as Event Suites Sales and Marketing Coordinator where she worked with the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, concert promoters, the GRAMMY Awards®, the Primetime Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the American Music Awards, NBA All-Star, the X Games, and much more.
Allison graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and psychology.
Vice President, Marketing, Content & Communications
Jason Krutzsch is Vice President, Marketing, Content & Communications for the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Jason is focused on developing the brand strategy for LASEC and working with community partners to market the high-profile, impactful events taking place in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Jason spent twelve years working for ESPN on the X Games brand. During his time at ESPN, Jason was focused on event marketing, the launch and growth of @XGames social media platforms, developing the World of X Games weekly TV show and overseeing the strategy for all X Games content across TV, digital, social media, and premier action sports events globally.
Jason is a Southern California native and graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing.
Director, Event Operations
Alana Hutchinson is Director, Event Operations of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Alana serves as the event manager for all LASEC events. She works to creatively activate LASEC annual partners across these events and oversees team front office staff, talent, and vendors to ensure a positive guest experience.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Alana interned with FOX Sports, Legends Hospitality for the New York Yankees, and Pepperdine Athletics.
Alana graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in public relations.
Director, Business Connect
Samona Caldwell is Director, Business Connect of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Samona works to identify and connect local, diverse, and experienced Los Angeles County businesses with professional development, networking, and subcontracting opportunities directly linked to large-scale sports and entertainment events.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Samona spent 28 years at State Farm as a Homeowners Claim Representative, in Public Affairs, and finally as a Government Affairs Coordinator. Samona’s primary goal in Government Affairs was to assist in building relationships between State Farm associates and congressional and state legislators to foster a positive business environment. She also worked with legislators in her territory to educate them on public policy issues related to the insurance industry.
Samona obtained her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2023, is working on her DEI certification, and is affiliated with the following organizations in various capacities: Los Angeles African American Women in Policy Institute, Executive Service Corps of Southern California, Ascencia, Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Educate California, and the Diversity Coalition Committee (Signal Hill).
Samona is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSA-LA, and an alumna of Leadership California.
Senior Manager, Business Development
Clara Murphy is the Senior Manager, Business Development of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). In her role, Clara supports the team effort in bringing world-class sporting and entertainment events to Los Angeles and additionally, she works to activate and service LASEC partners.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Clara spent two years with AEG as a Sales Representative at STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater. She managed ticket sales and service for events including Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Galaxy games; concerts; special events including BET Experience, ESPY Awards, Emmy Awards, GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards, WWE, and Nike 3on3 Tournament; and more.
Clara graduated cum laude from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.
Manager, Board & Office Administration
Susan Bryant is Manager, Board & Office Administration of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Susan works closely with the President & CEO on all Board of Directors’ matters, development of plans for all LASEC events, and bids to bring sports and entertainment events to Los Angeles. She oversees the Office of the President and interfaces with all LASEC board and advisory board members, sponsors, and sports and entertainment executives.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Susan was a seasoned professional in the entertainment industry, having worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, and International Creative Management. She also has experience in production and development with an extensive background in corporate communications.
Susan graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
Coordinator, Social Media
Autumn Vanderhook is Coordinator, Social Media for the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Autumn directs all social campaigns on LASEC channels and manages content for multiple event-specific accounts.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Autumn interned with the City of Yorba Linda, CSUF Athletic, and the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Autumn graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in communications, including an emphasis in public relations and political science.
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
Andy Ashford is Coordinator, Marketing & Communications for the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Andy works to translate brand strategy for LASEC and major sports properties into various forms of messaging that resonate across the Los Angeles market.
Prior to his current role, Andy was the Events Coordinator at LASEC with a focus on logistical challenges and on-site execution in the approach to Super Bowl LVI. That position become the ideal capstone to his time at the NFL, where he honed his skills as Marketing Coordinator for the NFL Network and specialty programming around the league’s 100th season. Andy also served as an Administrative Assistant for LASEC out of college, which stemmed from his experience as a member of the 2017 Professional Development Program.
Andy is a Los Angeles native and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in sport administration.
Coordinator, Event Operations & Community Impact
Kamela Stewart is Coordinator, Event Operations & Community Impact for the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC). Kamela is focused on the execution of LASEC-hosted event and major event operations, local workforce needs, and legacy programming.
Prior to joining the LASEC team, Kamela spent two years interning with University of Southern California (USC) Athletics in the Trojan Outreach Department. During her time at USC, Kamela was responsible for leading tours with community partners on game days, coordinating gift giveaways for over 1,000 families during the women’s basketball season, and collaborating with the Caleb Cares Foundation to promote health and wellness at middle schools in South Central.
Kamela graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Education in sport management, accompanied by two minors—leadership studies & promotions. Kamela received her M.A. Communication Management from the University of Southern California in 2023.