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.
Dale Godboldo, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Actor/Producer Dale Godboldo starred as Carl E. Douglas on the Emmy, Golden Globe, and NAACP Image Award winning The People v. OJ Simpson, and has appeared in another 130 episodes of TV and a dozen films. As a businessman, Dale has raised millions of dollars for various entertainment related endeavors, and is currently partnered with the principals of a $2B investment fund. But it was his time as a Mouseketeer on the 90’s All New Mickey Mouse Club (alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera) that his passion for philanthropy took root.
Looking for ways to help the next generation reach their dreams, Dale formed the aptly named Always In The Club Foundation in appreciation of the training and mentorship he received as a young man on the Mouse Club. AITCF then launched Project:NOW, a non-profit initiative that rapidly addresses the educational needs of at-risk youth with support from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Dale was instrumental in launching Unite4:Humanity which helped contribute over $50 million dollars to outstanding non-profits around the world through the unite4:good foundation, and has sponsored hundreds of socially conscious business acceleration experiences and fundraisers featuring honorees and guests such as Matthew McConaughey, John Travolta, Richard Branson, Robert DeNiro, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Sean Penn, Diddy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charlize Theron, Anthony Mackie, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, Colin Farrell, Les Brown, Jack Canfield, and Halle Berry, among many others.
Other charitable activities have included fundraising for Kids In The Spotlight, volunteering for anti-bullying organization, Stand For The Silent, and serving as a judge for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, where millions of dollars in scholarships have been raised to send outstanding young ladies to college.
In 2015, Dale co-founded the International Arts and Philanthropy Foundation to sponsor, empower, and raise awareness for charitable initiatives and socially conscious for-profit businesses, and to help bridge disruptive ideas with world-class organizations and influential individuals from all sectors of industry and politics. Dale has been honored by the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals for his work in the community, is a founding board advisor for the Jamaica Film Festival, and is a lifelong member of Jack and Jill of America. For more, visit Dale’s LinkedIn & Personal.
Amine El Mouttaki, Co-Founder & Sr. VP
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.
Valerie Khoudari, Co-Founder & VP
Valerie was born and raised in Colombia. At a young age, she discovered her passion for writing stories. After graduating from school, she moved to the USA, where she was introduced to the art of filmmaking. She earned degrees in Filmmaking, Cinematography and Screenwriting. Since then, she has written, produced, and directed several award winning films and commercials. Valerie is currently developing a feature film that will raise awareness of our environment and human rights. Along with her mother, she is developing educational programs to unleash children’s creativity and spiritual intelligence in Colombia.
Ion Overman, Secretary & Artist Ambassador
Veteran actress Ion Overman recently played Lt. Ruiz opposite Jeremy Piven and Richard T. Jones in CBS’ “Wisdom of the Crowd.” Ion is best known as Linda in Tyler Perry’s most successful movie to date, “Madea Goes to Jail,” which generated over $90 million at the box office. Ion is also well-known as fan favorite Candace in Showtime’s ground-breaking series, “The L Word.”
Ion made her acting debut in the 1995 movie “The Walking Dead,” and went on to star in the UPN sitcom “Love, Inc.” She has also appeared in numerous films and recurred on hit television shows including “Desperate Housewives,” “Secret Life of an American Teenager,” and “Ghost Whisperer.” Ion has also made guest star appearances on “Two and a Half Men,” “NCIS,” “Leverage,” “CSI: Miami,” “Castle,” and “Without a Trace” among others. Ion is a passionate supporter of several non-profit initiatives, including the ASPCA and The World Wildlife Fund. Learn more about Ion Overman
Keiko Narukawa, Special Projects Coordinator
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rachel Carlsen, CPA
Jason Burnahm, Financial Expert
Linda Godboldo, Ret. Special Education Teacher at Plano Independent School District