Brian Gott

Program Director
Burkle Global Impact Initiative (BGI)
10351 Bunche Hall
Address2: Box 951487
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Campus Mail Code: 148703
Phone: 310-206-6365
Fax: 310-206-3555

Brian Gott leads the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations. The program’s purpose is to work with the entertainment industry to engage talent and creatives more deeply with global social, humanitarian, and advocacy issues. The program provides access to information, resources and experts so that storytellers are enabled to tell more fact-based stories, and educate their audiences on real-world issues. The program has hosted global humanitarian figures including people such as Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala and US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Oscar winners John Legend and Charlize Theron, philanthropists Melinda Gates and Ted Turner and entertainers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.

Gott previously spent 12 years at Variety, serving as the media organization's publisher since 2009. In that time he conceived and launched that brand’s philanthropic efforts, which in a 4-year span generated more than $6M in charitable contributions benefitting more than 50 non-profit organizations. Gott received the United Nations Foundation's Global Leadership Award for his role in mobilizing the entertainment industry to use its collective resources to support UN and UN Foundation-related campaigns. He also hosted the United Nation's World Malaria Day at UN headquarters in New York City, with Secretary General Ban and the Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria effort, Princess Astrid of Belgium. Gott has had the opportunity to travel to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya with the UN and the UNHCR to experience first-hand the important work being done on the ground by the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign.

Gott is one of the founding members of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, a select group of individuals from various industries, convened by the UN Foundation to advise the United Nations and UN Foundation on how to accelerate their philanthropic efforts, and further the mission of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.  He also served on the planning & host committee for the United Nations 70th anniversary.

Gott is an active producer of filmed content. He produced a successful reality series made in partnership with Hyde Park Entertainment. "Chance of a Lifetime" brought together teams of aspiring documentary filmmakers who were tasked with telling global humanitarian stories. The winning team was announced at the Cannes Film Festival and the winning documentary screened at The United Nations. The series premiered on Participant Media’s Pivot cable network, and aired in international markets on the National Geographic Channel.

Another project Gott is producing is the New York Time's bestseller, "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper. Named one of Time Magazine's 100 best young adult novels of all time, the book is one of the most read books in American middle schools today, and has sold more than 2 million copies since its publish date. The inspirational story centers on a young girl, wheel-chair bound and unable to communicate because of cerebral palsy, and her journey to discover her true potential.

Gott has produced several celebrity-driven PSAs for organizations including the U.S. Government's "Let Girls Learn" campaign, as well as the United Nation's climate initiative efforts.  In recognition of his contributions to "Let Girls Learn", he was invited to the White House to participate in an announcement by the President and First Lady, of the Administration's $250M funding of the effort. That initiative, spearheaded by Mrs. Obama, and implemented by USAID and the Peace Corps, provides access to education for girls globally. As a member of the White House's entertainment advisory council for the Office of Public Engagement, Brian actively supports several other White House pro-social endeavors, including "It's On Us" (the 'stop campus rape' movement led by Vice President Biden), "Reach Higher" (the effort to encourage youth to aspire to achieve higher education) and "My Brother's Keeper" (the inner-city youth empowerment campaign). 


He is the Chairman of the Starlight Children's Foundation, founded by Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg. The Starlight Children’s Foundation is one of the world's largest youth health-focused non-profits, and touches more than 4 million children around the world annually. Starlight provides ongoing support for children and their families, from diagnosis through their entire course of medical treatment (