Our festival is organized by our volunteer producers, who curate and organize all of our programming.
We appreciate all our many volunteers who make the festival possible.
Fay Darmawi, Founder and Executive Producer
Fay Darmawi’s unique background is a mix of finance and film. In addition to 20 years of community development finance experience including most recently managing the low-income housing tax credit investment portfolio for Silicon Valley Bank, she completed 5-years of screenwriting training culminating in a fellowship with the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Based on her curation of the SFUFF, she was selected as one of the first Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellows and was recently accepted into Curatorial School as part of Valletta 2018.
Fay’s formal urbanist training is from MIT and the University of Pennsylvania but her love of cities is from growing up in the epicenter of Jakarta, Indonesia. She hopes storytelling will inspire critical and creative civic engagement to make cities better for everyone, but most urgently our most vulnerable.
Robin Abad, Program Producer
Robin is an Urban Designer at the San Francisco Planning Department. His work has focused largely on public space design, management, and policy. He currently manages the Central Waterfront-Dogpatch Public Realm Plan, a multi-agency effort to scope and program streetscape and open space infrastructure projects into the City’s capital implementation plan. He also serves as core staff with Groundplay (formerly Pavement to Parks), testing community-generated public space ideas and stewardship models in neighborhoods across San Francisco. He is the Lead Policy Planner for the Places for People, an ordinance for amplifying tactical urbanism activity in San Francisco’s streets and open lots. He has written and spoken widely regarding his research on citizen-generated open space.
Ronald R. Sundstrom, Program Producer
Ron R. Sundstrom is a Professor and former Chair of Philosophy, member of the African American Studies and Critical Diversity Studies programs, and former Faculty Director of the Core Curriculum at the University of San Francisco. His areas of research include race theory, political and social theory, and African American philosophy. He published several essays and a book in these areas, including The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY 2008). His current book project, Just Shelter, is on race, integration, gentrification, and equality.
Susie Smith, Associate Program Producer
Susannah Smith is a documentary filmmaker specializing in urban stories. In particular, she is interested in exploring the ways race and sexuality intersect with the politics of gentrification and sustainable cities. She is dedicated to creating films that are nuanced, based in social justice, and still bring a smile to your face. Recent projects include The Lexington Club Archival Project, People Live Here, and collaborating on a Women’s March short, and work with the UC Critical Sustainabilities Group. For fun, she gets her buddies to collaborate on playful lo-fi animations with cardboard, spoils her nieces, makes jewelry, and posts ridiculous pics of her dog George to Instagram. In 2012 she earned her MA in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz.
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Georgia Antonopoulos is a passionate nonprofit executive and consultant with experience leading bold change throughout all life cycles of an organization. She currently serves as Executive Director of Thrive – The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County. Her previous roles include CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside, Director of Education and Training and Senior Consultant for the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership in San Rafael, and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is a founding board member for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. She has also served as a trustee for the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation and board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton.
Keith Battle has been working in the video industry for 15 years producing content for Bay Area schools, non-profits, musicians and martial artists. His current project, “Beyond the Gap”, will tackle the complex issue of the “achievement gap”, in which many students of color find themselves left out of the tremendous benefits and opportunities of the tech boom. He shares his passion for visual storytelling in classes and workshops he conducts at the Bay Area Video Coalition. He is the co-instructor of SFUFF’s storytelling for urban planners workshops alongside Dimitri Moore. Keith has been building imaginary cities, skateparks, and community centers from an early age influenced by his mother who is an architect and city planner.
Noah Christman is responsible for overseeing the creation and execution of SPUR’s programming, tours and exhibitions for the organization’s offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Noah has administered SPUR’s programs since March 2011, organizing more than 230 unique events annually. Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2011, Noah was based in Orange County and worked in the fields of community design and development, proposing urban design solutions for both domestic and international projects including mixed-use urban infill in California, new town concepts in China and a sustainable school for women and children in rural Tanzania.
Mark Hogan, AIA, is an architect and Principal at OpenScope Studio in San Francisco. Mark’s main professional interests are high density infill housing and sustainable urban design. He worked with the San Francisco Planning Department to produce the ADU Handbook, and his firm is currently designing the master plan for a six acre housing development that includes an urban farm. Prior to joining OpenScope, Mark was an Associate at David Baker & Partners where he worked on affordable and market rate housing around the Bay area.
Tom Lockard is a Co-Founder of 280 CapMarkets. He previously was Vice President of Real Estate and Institutional Investments for Fundrise and continues to serve as investor representative to the Fundrise eREITs. As a partner at the California investment bank Stone & Youngberg and a managing director at Stifel Nicolaus, Tom has structured more than 500 California municipal bond issues representing more than $6 billion in financings. Tom is Board Treasurer for the Center for Investigative Reporting, serves on Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Board and the Stanford Real Estate Council.
Dimitri William Moore is the Video Producer & Digital Storytelling Coach for Digital Promise Global and the creator “The Ignition Point” a web series on addiction and passion, a project in development for his Residency at the San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse. He has produced award-winning short narrative films, music videos, human interest documentaries, and corporate promotional videos. His recent short film “Point of Pride”, a documentary using archival and new footage about San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhood was featured at the Cannes Film Festival, SF Doc Fest, Black Film Festival, Legacy Media Institute International Film Festival and neighborhood events. He is the co-instructor of SFUFF’s storytelling for urban planners workshops alongside Keith Battle.
Leah Nichols is a designer and filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her work explores social justice themes and community politics through a range of visual storytelling techniques, from street art to short films to block parties. She has collaborated with artists on projects about gentrification, written about neighborhood change, and spoken about the importance of public open spaces. Her short films include Where My Ladies At, which seeks to reveal the lack of female representation in public art, and Asians in America (CAAMFest selection), which chronicles the history of Asian-Americans through three stereotypes.
Renée Elaine Sazcı
Renée Elaine Sazcı is the Founder of The Global Grid: Urbanist news – Local views launched in 2010 during a 4-year stint in Istanbul, Turkey and her passion for the built environment, hyperlocalism, storytelling, and marketing. Her professional experiences range from urban planning communications, public health, e-waste recycling, specialized transportation planning, and sustainable land use development.
Lydia Tan is Senior Vice President at Bentall Kennedy, a large real estate investment manager, with responsibility for development activity in the Western United States. Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy in 2014, she held executive level positions at Related California and BRIDGE Housing Corporation, where she oversaw the development and financing of affordable and mixed income communities, plus large scale redevelopment efforts throughout California. Her portfolio of experience encompasses more than $5 billion in assets, including more than 10,000 multi-family homes, and more than 1 million square feet of non-residential uses. Ms. Tan is extensively involved in the non profit community, including Board positions for S.H. Cowell Foundation, SPUR and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. She is also a member of ULI and the Stanford Real Estate Council.