MEET KYLE.

A COMMUNITY CANDIDATE

Kyle is one of four generations of Thousand Oaks residents. His childhood was spent playing CYBA basketball, AYSO soccer, taking karate through the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and heading off to resident camp in the summer with the Conejo Y. Kyle has fond memories of his public school education in Conejo Valley Unified School District — a proud Wildwood Tiger, University Star, Redwood Viking, and Thousand Oaks Lancer! Even at an early age, he was engaged in the community, serving on the City of Thousand Oaks Youth Commission for three years in high school. Kyle’s first job was right here in Thousand Oaks, a studio assistant to the late composer Don Grady.

 

Family means everything to Kyle. Born to Mexican birthparents, he was adopted at birth by his mom and dad, Laura and Jay, who instilled in Kyle and his sister the importance of family values, volunteerism, and hard work. Community has always been a part of their lives. And what better place than Thousand Oaks for community? When Kyle’s dad accepted a job with a “startup” company as one of the first 300 employees when Kyle was just 4 years old, the family wanted to be sure that they were moving to a place they could really call home and set down roots. Luckily, Amgen worked out! Now a father to a teenage son, Aiden, Kyle owns a home in the same neighborhood he grew up in and is thrilled to see Aiden be able to participate here in some of the same local programs he did as kid in the 1980s.

AN EXPERIENCED LEADER

Kyle is a proud graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a BFA in Film & Television Production. 

 

After several years in New York City, he moved back to Southern California, where he began his producing career on the globally renowned kids show, Reading Rainbow. He traveled the world working on location, honing his craft, and producing education-focused stories for the next generation of readers. After seven years at Reading Rainbow, Kyle moved into the unscripted comedy space, producing a pilot television series called Game Changer for CollegeHumor’s Dropout TV — a show that is now in its sixth season.

 

As Head of Production for Dropout, Kyle oversees the development of 7 television shows from beginning to end. He is responsible for the hiring and management of hundreds of staff, crew, and talent. In any creative process, strong, varying opinions are ever-present, and it’s Kyle’s job to take in the ideas, balance them with the goals of the company, the needs of each individual show, and manage expectations based on the realities of budget, personnel availability, production deadlines, etc. In his role, Kyle fosters an environment where ideas are openly shared and where common ground is identified in order to execute on a plan and deliver the final product. 

SERVICE ORIENTED VOLUNTEER

Remembering the early lessons of volunteerism, Kyle began advising The Y’s high school Youth & Government program through the Miller Family Y back in 2013. He’ll begin his 10th year as an advisor this fall. For his professional and volunteer contributions, Kyle was recognized by the South East Ventura County Y’s Emerging Leader of the Year in 2020 and as a 40 Under Forty honoree by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce the same year.

 

In addition to the Y, Kyle sits on the Board of Directors for the Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts (TOArts). TOArts is the official nonprofit fundraising and presenting arm of the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. He was proud to be a member of the Board’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, helping bring a sound strategic effort to ensuring the Arts in our community are welcoming and accessible to all residents in our region. 

YOUR CHOICE FOR CITY COUNCIL

Kyle is running because Thousand Oaks has always been a part of who he is, and as someone with four generations of family living in the city, he’s seen and experienced firsthand how critical the decisions made in the council chamber — on everything from protecting our open space and climate, to housing and our local business economy — are to our residents, from our seniors to our kids.