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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Shannon K. Nash, Esq.

Shannon Nash is an Attorney, CPA, Business Manager, Author and Entrepreneur.  She is a sought after finance and legal expert with almost seventeen years of providing sound business advice to clients.   Shannon started her legal and finance career as a venture fund and tax lawyer for the law firm of Cooley LLP (formerly Cooley Godward LLP) and as a tax and corporate attorney for the law firm of K&L Gates LLP (formerly Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP).   She was also a Senior Attorney with Amgen (the world’s largest biotechnology company) in Thousand Oaks, CA and Lucerne, Switzerland and counsel for the Amgen Foundation.

She is currently president of the Nash Management Group, Inc., a business management company providing COO and CFO services, including Business Affairs, Contracting, Tax planning and analysis; Accounting; Bookkeeping; and Operations Management. Client base includes: producers and production companies, feature film and television writers, directors, actors, sports and entertainment talent and nonprofits.   Past and current clients include: Terri J. Vaughn, Jasmine Guy, Doc Shaw, Tommy Ford, Debbie Allen, Carmelo Anthony, Chaka Khan, Kenny Lattimore, Pierre Garcon, and Ne-yo.

Her production legal and accounting credits include: Pariah (Film, premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award), A Cross To Bear (Film on GMC, 2011), Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (Film, screened at Cannes 2012, winner CNN Outstanding Documentary Award at the 2012 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival), The Rickey Smiley Show (TV Show, TVOne, 2012, 2013), Colored My Mind (Documentary Short 2012, Winner Best Film 2012 Bronze Lens Film Festival), Coming Correct (Film, in Post Production), GALS (TV Show, in post production 2013), In The Meantime (Film on GMC, production 2013).

Shannon is also co-owner of The Green Room (TGR) along with actress Terri J. Vaughn (Steve Harvey Show, Meet the Browns) and Roger Bobb (President of Bobbcat Films and former EVP Tyler Perry Studios).  TGR is a theatrical bookstore and coffee/tea lounge and a cross between what you would find in LA and NY geared toward the entertainment community.

She believes in helping others with financial empowerment and is the author of the award-winning book For the Love of Money: The 411 to Taking Control of Your Taxes and Building Your Net Worth. She also wrote the Vault Guide to Tax Law Careers, Helping the Nonprofit Client, and The Tax Exempt Toolkit.  She currently writes the finance column for Autism File Magazine and is the online finance expert for the American Heart Association's Power To End Stroke Campaign, where she answers questions about dealing with the financial impact of a stoke (www.powertoendstroke.org).

She's been featured as a tax, finance and legal expert in: The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Woman's Day, Global Finance Magazine, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, LA Parent Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Bankrate.com, About.com. Greatschools.org, ABC News Online and The Washington Times.   She was also featured on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and served as the finance/legal expert on episodes of Style Network's Modern Girls Guide, CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello, and BET's The Center and My Black Is Beautiful.

Shannon is also a nonprofit expert and has served as the Executive Director of several major nonprofit organizations including: The Debbie Allen Dance Academy and The Carmelo Anthony Foundation.  She's passionate about advocating for children with special needs and is the former Secretary of Cure Autism Now (now Autism Speaks) and the co-founder/President of Colored My Mind (CMM).  CMM's mission is to improve the lives of children and adults affected by Autism and educate the public about Autism and related neurological disorders, particularly in the African American and Latino communities.  CMM was founded by actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, music manager Tammy McCrary (Chaka Khan), educator Donna Hunter, attorney and business manager Shannon Nash and LaDonna Hughley (DL Hughley's wife).

Shannon received her BS in Accounting from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Her website is www.nashgroup-usa.com and you can find her on Facebook at Tax Diva  and Twitter @shannonnash.

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