Navigating Equity and Inclusion in Hair & Makeup
Establishing inclusive space and equal access for performers of color on set for hair and makeup creates more comfortable workplaces for actors and helps productions meet stated commitments to equity and inclusion. Hear how we can advance our shared goals of equity in the workplace by raising awareness on this important issue.
David White, Venture Partner, Ulu Ventures
Tiffany Yvonne Cox, Actor, Producer, Director
Jason George, Actor
Michelle Hurd, Actor
presented in partnership with SAG-AFTRA
David WhiteVenture Partner, Ulu Ventures
David White is a venture partner at Ulu Ventures. He has been an executive, strategic advisor and board member for some of the most prominent entertainment and financial organizations in the world.
White is the immediate past national executive director and chief negotiator of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and continues to serve as a strategic advisor to the world’s largest entertainment and media union, with 160,000 members worldwide.
He is a strategy advisor to USC’s Center for the Digital Future, an independent director for the global consulting firm RGP, and a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
White recently served as a commissioner for the Industry Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, and is a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a board member of the entertainment industry charitable organizations, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and The Actors Fund.
White was co-founder and managing principal of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group LLC, providing consulting services to the entertainment industry. He was a labor and employment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and, prior to law school, was the executive director of an innovative youth services organization, Youth Opportunities Unlimited.
A Rhodes scholar, White is a graduate of Stanford Law School, Oxford University (Queens College) and Grinnell College. He previously served as board chair and trustee of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan, board chair and trustee of the SAG-Producers Pension Plan, board chair and trustee of Grinnell College, vice chair of the Entertainment Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, trustee of the AFTRA Retirement Fund, and a board member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. He was also appointed by the mayor to serve as a Los Angeles-area commissioner for urban planning and development.
He has been a contributing writer for Los Angeles Lawyer, has been featured in various publications, including Los Angeles Magazine, and has served as a commentator on national and industry publications and television and radio shows.
He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the John M. Langston Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year award (2014), the National Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year (2010), and the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s Labor and Personal Representation Counsel of the Year (2009).
In his spare time you can find White riding bikes with his daughter, cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs (even when they’re not winning) and enjoying the exploration of new cities around the world.
For the better part of the last decade, Jason George has played Dr. Ben Warren on STATION 19 and GREY’S ANATOMY.
Over his career, Jason has done well over 50 guest star roles and. been a series regular on 10 different prime time shows. He’s also starred in films like BARBERSHOP with Anthony Anderson and Ice Cube, BREAKING IN with Gabrielle Union and PLAYING FOR KEEPS with Gerard Butler.
Jason has served over fifteen years on the boards of SAG, AFTRA or the now merged SAG-AFTRA. He also helped negotiate the last fifteen years of SAG-AFTRA’s contract for Primetime Television and Theatrical Film, specifically championing diversity and protections for actors.
Jason spends much of his spare time fighting for social justice, better representation, and common sense gun laws. He currently serves as Chair of SAG-AFTRA’s national Diversity Advisory committee, speaking about the status and need for diversity in media. He’s worked with grassroots movements like Reform LA Jails and he serves on the Creative Council of Everytown, the grassroots anti-gun violence organization.
Actor Michelle Hurd can currently be seen starring opposite Patrick Stewart in CBS All Access’ smash hit Star Trek series “Picard.”
In addition to her explosive performance as “Shepherd” on NBC’s hit drama, “Blindspot“, Hurd is also known for her recurring role on “Hawaii Five-O”, Starz’s hit horror comedy “Ash Vs. Evil Dead“, the Marvel Universe series‘ “Daredevil“ and “Jessica Jones” (“DA Samantha Reyes”), and the A&E summer series, “The Glades“ (“Colleen Manus”). Other television credits include: “Younger“, “Devious Maids“, “90210“, “Witches of East End”, “How To Get Away With Murder”, “Bosch”, “Mysteries of Laura“, “Pretty Little Liars”, “Raising Hope“, “The Good Wife“, “Law & Order: SVU”?(“Det. Jeffries”), “Gossip Girl”, “ER”, “Bones“, “According To Jim”, “Law & Order“, “Smith“, “Skin”, “Leap Years“, “Charmed”, “The O.C.”, “Kevin Hill”, “The Practice“ and “Another World”.
Other film credits include Justin Simien’s Bad Hair, Being Frank opposite Jim Gaffigan, Be Afraid, We Don’t Belong Here (alongside Catherine Keener and Maya Rudolph), Search Engines, Within The Dark, Girl Most Likely (with Kristen Wiig), Random Hearts, Personals, Double Parked, Wolf and King of New York.
Hurd, who currently serves as SAG-AFTRA National Vice President, LA, is a member of the national Equal Employment Opportunity committee and the Los Angeles Local board. In 2021 she was presented with the President’s Award for distinguished service to SAG-AFTRA.
She is a proud alumnus of NYC’s premiere artist community at Westbeth.
Tiffany Yvonne CoxActor, Director, Writer
Tiffany Yvonne Cox is a 1st generation Trinidadian actress, producer, director, and writer. She began her professional career interning at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. This launched her into the Chicago Theatre scene where she worked with companies such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The House Theatre, and The Goodman. After her first TV role on Chicago Fire she decided to move to LA where she has worked on shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Dead To Me, Good Trouble and several films, national commercials, and voice overs. Between acting, Tiffany volunteers with the non-profit organization CSH Speak Up! where she supports those who have experienced homelessness in developing their story to share with legislation for more funding towards supportive housing. Once she realized bringing minority stories to the forefront was something she enjoyed cultivating, Tiffany began producing her own work. Her first project was collaborating on the Digital Series COMMUNE. Followed by her directorial debut of a short film called ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE which has extended into a workshop on empathy and allyship. Outside of her Artivism, Tiffany LOVES to “wine” her waist to soca music, salsa dance with her husband, and strap her one year old on her back as she travels the world. Stay up to date on Tiffany at http://www.tiffanyyvonnecox.com and http://www.roadsideassistancewkshp.com.