Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Programs, Marketing & Events
Marketing & Events
Co-Founder & VP, Creative Development
Rachel Carlsen, CPA
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Rachel Carlsen has over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Finance. Always fascinated with Numbers and Enterprise, by the time she arrived in college, she began developing a wide breadth of complimentary skill sets, and worked in different types of customer service positions throughout banking. She had started to develop an understanding of Finance and Customer Service from a financial perspective.
After Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from UNLV, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where she began her training and eventual ascension in the field of Public Accountancy, and quite quickly received her CPA license in 1998.In 2002, she relocated to Southern California, to the Santa Clarita Valley, where she settled down to reside with her husband and two children. In order to develop an even more comprehensive understanding of the financial world, Rachel then put her sights on receiving her Series 7 and Series 66 licensing in 2011. By 2015, she knew that she was ready to venture out as an entrepreneur. With her vision for creating success and to change the way people think about Accountants and CPAs, she officially formed her firm Carlsen Financial in September of 2015. This began her journey in growing her practice and she was an early adopter of a then, little known website, called Thumbtack.
Leveraging technology with her relationship building skills and the knack for creating value for clients through money saving ideas and asset building initiatives, the Firm began to grow. By the end of 2016, she had grown to well over 100 clients and was clearly demonstrating the perseverance necessary to own a successful Public Accountancy Practice. During the course of her professional experience while working in highly-diversified and entrepreneurial environments, including Start-ups and Dot-com companies, she has faced many challenges; including the set-up of Internal Control Policies and Accounting Structures for multi-national corporations, the Implementation of Accounting Policies and Procedures, Cash-Flow Forecasting for Pre-IPO Start-Ups, Budgeting and Business Oversight. For more, visit Rachel’s LinkedIn.
Marketing & Events
Bryan Gallinger is a serial entrepreneur who has either personally developed, partnered with and/or worked on over 100 companies/projects since 1994. He was awarded the nickname “Business Yoda” in 2015 by a collective group of business partners and colleagues after continual success in helping a wide variety of entrepreneurs, artists, nonprofits and individuals in accomplishing their goals and in problem solving.
He is currently the founder and CEO of G.O.A.T. Consulting Group — a boutique consulting agency that provides marketing, business development and multimedia production services with a combined 40+ years experience across all areas. G.O.A.T. stands for Greatest Of All Time and their mission is to help brands that have a positive social impact to reach their potential. G.O.A.T. is selective in choosing clients and focuses on brand who have extraordinary skills, integrity, a strong work ethic and character-based values. G.O.A.T.’s team has produced work for LucasFilm, Discovery Channel, The Kardashians (E!), Pixar, A&E, Discovery Channel, PBS and Apple, among many others.
Bryan is 100% passionate about everything that he does, therefore, he is known as “The Dream Promoter”. He was given this nickname after many years of helping others pursue their dreams as a consultant, public speaker and coach.
As a Producer, Bryan has produced a long list of different projects surrounding entertainment with TV, Film, Music, and Events. As a volunteer, Bryan is the International Marketing Director for the nonprofit Called To Rescue that rescues children who are missing, abused or have been sex trafficked.
Bryan has done business in Asia, Europe, throughout the US and some of Canada. He firmly believes in the powerful art of collaboration and lives by the philosophy that iron sharpens iron. Bryan’s personal mission is to inspire, empower, positively impact and elevate others throughout his journey of learning, experiencing and even failing. For more, visit Bryan’s LinkedIn
VP, Special Projects
Keiko has been a leader in Los Angeles’ vibrant downtown revitalization efforts for almost two decades. As one of the first entrepreneurs to understand the area’s potential, she spearheaded the development and construction of the first high-end women’s fashion boutique in DTLA located at the historic 7th street corridor. She then expanded her efforts with an additional location across from the Ritz Carlton at LA Live – DTLA’s entertainment hub, as well as opening a location in Orange County.
Keiko’s insights into branding, marketing and retail have allowed her to foster close ties with household names in fashion, carrying brands such as UGG, Kate Spade, Vince, Marc Jacobs, Sabine, and more. She has also played a significant role in Los Angeles’ development as a trend-setter in fashion, supporting LA Fashion Week events and young, startup labels by visionary creators.
As a socially conscious entrepreneur, Keiko has also produced dozens of community events and art/fashion shows throughout Southern California, supporting charities such as the Downtown Women’s Center and US Marine Corp Toys for Tots.
Keiko also sits on the Advisory Council of the Arts, Hearts + Philanthropy initiative. She works closely with IAPF’s CFO, Rachel Carlsen, on coordinating and implementing fiscal transactions for its live and online events. Projects include the Emerge webcast series featuring En Vogue’s Rhona Bennett, among others.
VP, Outreach Coordinator & Creative Development
Valerie Khoudari was born in Bogotá, Colombia. At a young age, she discovered her passion for writing fairy tales. While studying photography, Valerie decided to transform her stories into visual content, and earned degrees in Filmmaking, Cinematography and Screenwriting in New York and Los Angeles. Since then, she has produced, written and directed several award winning films that have participated in film festivals around the globe.
Her first film, Sylvie, was an official selection at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, and it was invited to participate at the Dead by Dawn Scotland's International Film Festival, among others. It went on a world tour, screening at numerous museums and universities. The film was also nominated for best cinematography in Brazil and received online distribution.
Shortly after, Valerie produced a Nintendo Wii Spec Commercial and the film, Song From a Blackbird. Both projects garnered awards for best commercial and best film from various festivals.
Since 2017, Valerie is an executive producer of the film, Dakkar, which is in development by producers of Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi.
Amine El Mouttaki
VP, International Relations
Amine El Mouttaki was born in Casablanca, Morocco. At the age of 18 years old after high school, he went to study in Paris where he obtained Masters degree in Market Finance, and computer programming. Amine has been working in leader multi-national Hedge Funds and Investment Banking for 10 years in structuring, modeling, and managing market trading strategies. He then launched his own international trading company. During his years of living in Europe, he has produced many cultural, networking, and entertainment events.
Amine moved to Los Angeles, USA, where he launched his films Production Company, and co-founded a Non-Profit Organization, International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation. His passion for the arts and his ability to create, innovate and produce, as well as his strong background in finance, analysis, management and strategy development allow him to build strong partnerships in the entertainment industry to create, design, produce and execute ingenious and original projects. Amine is currently working on developing two feature films as well as a non-profit concert to support Children and Youth all over the world, called WeAre4:Change.
Program Manager, Be Great!
Chance is a producer, entrepreneur, wellness strategist, and coach residing in Orange County, CA. Holding three B.A. degrees in Business Administration, Business Management, and Computer Science, he is a master of start-ups, business launch and brand development.
Chance has extensive coaching experience and expert knowledge of health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, and lifestyle management. He has over 10 years of experience with organic & paid branding, marketing, social media, and public relations. He has a strong local and international network for business, entertainment, investment, and expansion. Chance is an executive producer on his first short film titled Dance.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rachel Carlsen, CPA
Jason Burnahm, Financial Expert
Linda Godboldo, Ret. Special Education Teacher at Plano Independent School District