Friday, April 18, 2008

Thank you for 30 years, Chris!

Garcetti, Essel, LaBonge
Originally uploaded by CD-13
Today we honored Paramount Pictures Senior Vice President Christine Essel's 30 years of work with the studio and service to the community. Throughout her three decades of work at Paramount Pictures, she has played an important role in defining the company’s role in the community as a philanthropist, employer, and neighbor.

Chris joined Paramount Pictures in 1978, serving in a number of capacities that include heading the Planning and Development Division during which time she led efforts to renovate, expand, and beautify Paramount’s historic studios in Hollywood. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Government and Community Affairs, supporting numerous community organizations through the company’s corporate giving programs, community outreach efforts, and employee volunteer programs.

Chris has also served in leadership roles at a number of civic organizations. She is currently serving her second year as chair of the Central City Association comprised of more than 450 member businesses, non-profit organizations, and trade associations. She is an active Board Member of the California Film Commission, where she has been a member since 1985 and served nine of those years as chair. She is also the Vice Chair of California Workforce Investment Board, and served for seven years as a Community Redevelopment Agency Commissioner.