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Georgie Smith

Georgie Smith

Founder & Executive Director

Australian born and Los Angeles based, Georgie Smith is a filmmaker, chef & designer with a passion for giving back. Georgie responded to a cry for help from former foster youth Barry Bartlett after he saw one of her cooking and design videos on Georgie Smith HOME. Georgie’s partner in Eclectic Entertainment, Melissa Goddard filmed the random act of kindness and in noting the video evidence in Barry’s transformation, they took the concept of A Sense of Home to experts in transition aged foster youth. Georgie & Melissa were advised to develop ASOH into a sustainable program.

The immense undertaking that is A Sense of Home taps into Georgie’s community organizing skills as well as her production and design talents. The ASOH model for home creation is a powerful team building experience for the volunteers while offering a new beginning for the youth. In order to make this possible ASOH has hired four former foster youth as full time staff. Georgie trains the small team to tackle the big undertaking by tapping into their full potential by focusing on their creative talents. Harnessing their unique voices the team members inspire one another while also compels others to get involved.

Adhering to all-things-home, Georgie’s culinary skills are used to train the youth in eating budget conscious yet healthy meals. It is a holistic approach that is essential in terms of physical health, well-being and keeping within the means of an excessively tight budget. ASOH is impacting so many youth that the most effective way for Georgie to guide them is via cooking videos that will be filmed and edited for former foster youth.

Georgie & Melissa have greatly reduced their slate at Eclectic to focus on ASOH. Georgie continues with design and cooking at Georgie Smith HOME but with any eye to opening up opportunities for aged out foster youth and a product range to make ASOH sustainable.

    Melissa Goddard

    Melissa Goddard

    Founder & Vice President

    A film producer with a long history of grassroots activism. As youngest Board member of the Hollywood Women’s Political Action Committee to being a founder member of Artists for a Free South Africa to her work with Nobel Laureate, Jody Williams at Medical Aid For El Salvador, Melissa always divided her time between giving-back and her work in film. Melissa produced the Sundance hit POISON IVY, based on her story and starring, Drew Barrymore. Goddard is responsible for developing the second largest grossing romantic comedy in history, WHAT WOMAN WANT. Other films include BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY...THEY GET EVEN, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S SENIOR TRIP several movies for TV and as a manager, Goddard shepherded emerging talent, to make their first films including THE BUCKET LIST, and the Academy Nominated BEAUFORT.

    AJ Vernet

    AJ Vernet

    Co-Founder

    CEO and founder of Republic Project an ad platform that allows advertisers to quickly and inexpensively build, manage and push content in real-time on the web, iPhone, iPad, Android mobile and android tablets. RP was sold to Sizmek in 2013 where AJ was Vice President of Global Accounts NAM and Social. Prior to that AJ was Chairman and Co-Founder of Rey Interactive. SVP West Coast Sales to Digital Broadcasting Group (Sold to Alloy Digital / Defy Media). AJ currently consults tech start ups.

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