Valentin is originally from Logan Heights, San Diego—he moved to the Bay Area for college in 1986 and found a vibrant gay Latino community mobilizing against AIDS. In the early 1990s, he joined the staff at Mission Neighborhood Health Center’s Clinica Esperanza and, later, Community United in Response to AIDS/SIDA (CURAS). In 1992, he appeared in Augie Robles’ Cholo Joto video; they both made Viva 16! in 1994 to mark the loss and struggles of the queer Latinx community in San Francisco. Later, he worked with Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition (QueLACO), the Institute for MultiRacial Justice, and Tenth Muse Productions to produce art festivals, a movie festival, and an opera on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz , respectively. Valentin is also a poet and has worked as a journalist. Valentin holds a BA in Communication from Stanford University, works at the Shanti Project as their Institutional Giving Manager, and serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the GLBT Historical Society.
Reyna Amaya is a comedian, actress, and voiceover artist from Oakland, CA. She has rocked stages from the San Francisco Punchline to the Nokia Theater in LA for BET Weekend with Cedric the Entertainer. Reyna has performed and appeared on Bounce TV network’s Brkdwn, Magic Johnson’s AspireTV’s WE GOT NEXT, and Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital series Professor White.
Tina Bartolome was born and raised in San Francisco, the queer daughter of working-class immigrants from the Philippines and Switzerland. Somewhere between unlearning the lie of Columbus discovering America, facing eviction, writing on walls, and fighting racist propositions, she joined the movement and never looked back. She is a writer, filmmaker, and popular educator, striving to continue the legacies of June Jordan and Paulo Freire.
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. 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.
Russell Blanchard is an independent filmmaker who believes film has the power to inspire change. His award winning narrative short, THE LOT, has inspired a movement to build a new park for the children of New Orleans. His experience on larger productions allowed him the opportunity to learn from Academy Award winners such as Adam McKay, Ari Sandel and Nicole Kidman. In development on his first feature film MONUMENT, which speaks to social injustice and economic inequality. BFA from University of Hawai’i-Mānoa’s Academy for Creative Media. A California native who resides in Los Angeles but is never far in spirit from New Orleans. If not home, he’s probably at the movies.
For over twenty years, since the mid-1990s, Peter has worked to restore nature and biodiversity in San Francisco. He founded Nature in the City in 2005, the first and only organization wholly dedicated to restoration and stewardship of the Franciscan bioregion and to connecting people and nature where they live. Since 2012, he has been Senior Biodiversity Coordinator for the City of San Francisco, working at the Department of Environment to propagate local biodiversity-friendly operations and programs throughout the city. Previously he worked for ten years for the National Park Service at the Presidio of San Francisco, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, restoring dunes, wetlands and coastal grasslands for rare plants and wildlife, and as the Ecological Stewardship Coordinator for Crissy Field. Peter holds a graduate degree in geography from UCLA.
James Castañeda, AICP is a planner with 13 years of government experience working with the public. He is currently a planner with the San Mateo County in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose projects and responsibilities have allowed him a variety of opportunities to engage with community members and officials on complex community issues. In addition to his current planning duties at San Mateo County, he’s the Program Coordinator for the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable, a group of elected city officials and airport administrators tasked with addressing noise impacts in communities near the airport. James is Director Elect for the Northern California section of the American Planning Associations’ California Chapter. With a passionate interest in the art of storytelling as well as technology, James is an advocate of leveraging new tools to build stronger relationships between citizens and their government, and promote meaningful and productive civic participation.
Helen S. Cohen
Helen S. Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and painter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work as a documentary filmmaker follows draws on is a long and diverse history of activism and professional work with cultural,educational and community development organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a master’s degree in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Helen’s producing credits include the first three films in the “Respect for All series: It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School (1996); That’s a Family!” (2000); and “Let’s Get Real” (2003). With Mark Lipman, she recently produced and directed the award – winning feature documentary “States of Grace” (2014). Helen has also directed, produced and/or executive produced documentaries for public interest organizations, including “Homes & Hands: Community Land Trusts in Action”, (1998) and “Streets of Dreams: Development Without Displacement in Communities of Color” (2013).
When the Tenderloin Museum opened its doors in July 2015, Katie served as its Program Director, with a dynamic vision for neighborhood-centric, diverse programs that bring people together from all walks of life. Katie has also held positions at the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In 2012, she helped fundraise to save Mission neighborhood gem Adobe Books, created its events department, supported the gallery’s transition to nonprofit status, and served on the Board of Directors for three years. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. “Your humble narrator” was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015, and a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine from 2015 to 2017. This year, his work has appeared in San Francisco Magazine; the San Francisco Public Press; the San Francisco Chronicle; The London Guardian; the San Francisco Business Times; J., the Jewish News; and Mission Local, where he is a weekly columnist. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife and kid, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.
Tyra Fennell is founding director of Imprint.City, an organization seeking to activate industrial, underutilized spaces with art projects, encouraging community and economic development. Imprint.City produces BayviewLIVE, an annual art and music festival created to highlight the beauty of performing and visual arts that reflects the cultural landscape of the Bayview Hunters Point. Imprint.City also produces two subsequent Bayview-based festivals including the Burning Man inspired Bayview SPARC Festival in collaboration with the Flaming Lotus Girls and Bayview Harvest. Prior to launching Imprint.City, Tyra Fennell spent over five years developing and implementing programs for the San Francisco Arts Commission and is also credited for starting then SF49ers Vernon Davis’ Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, now the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts and 3rd on Third, an activation which continues to occur every third Friday in Bayview. Tyra currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and Bayview Community Legal. She is also a resident of the Bayview Hunters Point and a Howard University graduate.
Lisa Fisher leads the Sustainable City Program at the San Francisco Planning Department, which includes neighborhood-scale policies and tools for new and redeveloping areas, inter-agency work on biodiversity, and complete streets that align the co-benefits of greening and flood resilience, with sustainable mobility. Previously, as an Associate Principal with AECOM (EDAW) for ten years, she served as Project Manager and Urban/Sustainability Planner on complex urban regeneration plans in Latin and North America, such as 45-blocks in central São Paulo, San Francisco’s Pier 70 project, and a 350-acre mixed-use waterfront vision for North Vancouver. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco’s largest advocacy organization. She and her husband Greg are raising their 4-year old son in Bernal Heights to love biking and connect with nature every day.
Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, filmmaker, and creative activist. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and on his 13-year-old cousin Brian Silverstein’s Youtube page — where it has almost 27 ‘likes.’ A regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment, he currently directs the Culture Shift program for Movement Generation. Born and raised in DC, Healey lives in Oakland, CA.
Mason J. is an Artist, Activist, & recovering A-hole. Inspired by life as a AfroLatinx SF Native, 2nd Generation Punk, Grandson of Immigrants, & Genderqueer Person of Color their work blends an unlikely pairing of tenderness and arrogant flippancy with influences that range from listening to “Wind Beneath My Wings” in the frozen food aisle to Tamuzi poetry. Their musings on Gender, Pop Culture, Ableism, Race & Fashion have been published in many a zine, all around the internet & in print for Archer, Vice, Dude!, Veuxdo & Bitch Magazines. As a 13 year fixture in the Bay Area Lit Scene they have performed, lectured, and workshopped at Vona Voices!, SFSU, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Radar Productions, National Queer Arts Festival, CellSpace, 826 Valencia and YouthSpeaks.
TJ Johnston is a San Francisco-based journalist and longtime contributor to Street Sheet. He has submitted to publications such as the San Francisco Public Press, 48 Hills and Street Spirit, among others. His coverage on homelessness has focused on it as public policy, human interest and civil rights issues.
Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, lecturer, and author of “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement,” which partly inspired the ABC miniseries of the same name. Mentored by LGBTQ pioneer Harvey Milk, Cleve co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, conceived and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington D.C., and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court. Today he works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE.
Athena Kalkopoulou is a San Francisco-based producer and consultant with over fifteen years of experience in film production and film festivals in the Bay Area and Europe. Until recently, she oversaw the San Francisco Film Society’s fiscal sponsorship & documentary grants program, where she worked with hundreds of filmmakers nationwide, actively helping them fundraise, produce and carry out outreach efforts for their projects. She has been a reviewer in grant review panels and has participated in panels, pitching forums, juries and industry meetings in festivals such as SXSW, Sundance, Camden International Film Festival and Ashland Film Festival.
Zoey Kroll is an artist, designer and urban gardener. She was a core organizer at Hayes Valley Farm, an interim-use demonstration project on 2.2 acres in the heart of San Francisco (hayesvalleyfarm.org). She is currently working on a series of art seed packets (bit.ly/seedsongs), and makes “web things” at the San Francisco Department of the Environment (sfrecycles.org).
Jane Lin, AIA, is a founding partner at Urban Field Studio, an urban design firm in San Francisco. Jane has over ten years of experience working as an urban designer combining her skills in architecture and background in city planning. Jane’s work focuses on ways to physically revitalize mixed-use districts, from downtowns to transit-oriented developments. Jane consults on projects that involve public-private-partnerships in both Northern and Southern California. Jane also is an artist-in-residence with LEAP Arts in Education and teaches architecture to K-12 students. It is important to Jane that large groups of non-designers become empowered with creative communication skills because they are the key to making our communities better. More recently, Jane has been testing the use of video as a visual communication tool for engaging the public in her projects. She holds a BA in Architecture, MS in Architecture, and a Masters in City Planning all from UC Berkeley and a member of the AIAEB, SPUR, and ULI.
Mark Lipman has worked as a documentary filmmaker for over thirty years,
exploring a wide range of subjects from domestic violence to human sexuality to affordable housing and community organizing. His films have been broadcast nationally on public television and won numerous awards. His producing credits include “To Have and To Hold” (1981), the first documentary to look at domestic violence through the experiences of men; “Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street” (1996), a film about the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative’s successful efforts to revitalize a Boston neighborhood devastated by redlining, arson and illegal dumping; “Father’s Day” (2003), an experimental documentary about the death of Mark’s father; and “Gaining Ground”(2013), a sequel to “Holding Ground” that explores DSNI’s success in preventing foreclosures and fostering youth leadership. Mark has an MFA in filmmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BA in psychology from Harvard University.
After working as a Cinematographer at the advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, creator of the famous campaign “GotMilk?” and named Agency of the Decade by Adweek Magazine, Juli is a full time Co-Founder, Cinematographer and Producer at Free Range Puppies where with all the Puppies are working on a bunch of unleashed ideas for a better world. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business and three Master’s Degrees, in International Business, Culinary Arts and Cinematography.
Activist, drag queen, superstar. San Francisco native Honey Mahogany does it all. Honey rose to international fame as the first (and as of yet only) San Francisco drag queen to appear on the reality tv series RuPaul’s Drag Race, but more recently, Honey Mahogany has honed in on making a difference in her hometown. Honey is a founding member of the Stud Collective, a co-op of Stud regulars, performers, and nightlife aficionados who recently saved the Stud from closing and made it the nation’s first co-operatively owned nightclub. Honey also played a key role in establishing the newly recognized Compton’s Transgender Cultural District in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, creating the first district of it’s kind in the country. Honey has many production and hosting credits including the MainStage of Castro Street Fair, San Francisco Pride, Topsy Turvey Queer Circus, and more. Currently, you can catch her hosting SF’s hottest new variety showcase and dance party: Black Fridays every 4th Friday at the Stud!
Vero Majano is a queer Latina artist born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her works are steeped in film,performance, visual culture, and storytelling. She works to archive, curate, reinterpret, and rehistoricize Latino culture in San Francisco’s Mission District for broad audiences to stake out complex stories of the Mission in the City’s memory and history. Her multimedia projects often include archival footage, photographs, interviews, storytelling and film through which she aims to preserve, disseminate, and reinterpret. Majano is also cofounder of Mission Media Archives, which collects and preserves audio and films shot in San Francisco’s Mission district during the 1970s and ’80s.
Omeed Manocheri is a first generation Iranian-American multimedia producer and entrepreneur born in California and living in San Francisco. He moved to San Francisco for its culture and to attend the Academy of Art University, which he graduated from with a BA in Multimedia Communications. His ongoing projects include; Maker City—a social-impact and advocacy firm focused on closing the skills gap in American cities, Heart of the City—a documentary film and social news platform investigating San Francisco’s socioeconomic divide in the Tenderloin neighborhood and its adjacent districts, Daily Kabob—a new digital platform on a mission to inform, entertain, and unify the MENA and DESI communities, and Giant Steps—an innovative music residency uniting musicians from across the globe to create social impact music.
Stylish Spokes is my directorial debut. It unites my passions for filmmaking and cycling, as well as my desire to create media that educates, inspires, and moves people to action. I’ve been making a living on set since 2006, as a location sound mixer and producer, working on commercial projects and documentaries. This freelance work continues, as does my search for more meaningful collaborations (like Stylish Spokes!) on topics related to social justice and sustainability.
Tomiquia Moss leads Hamilton Families as CEO with more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. From 2014-2017, she served directly under the mayors of both San Francisco and Oakland, most recently as Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the HOPE SF Initiative, a public housing and neighborhood revitalization effort with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s Office. Prior to that, Moss was SPUR’s Community Planning Policy Director. She was the founding project director of the San Francisco Community Justice Center of the Superior Court of California and served as director of the Community Organizing Department for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Tomiquia has been a social worker and community activist working as an advocate for social justice and economic equality in many communities around the country. She holds a Masters’ Degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. Tomiquia and her family are proud to call Oakland home.
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.
Jeffrey Paris is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco, since 2001. He is also Director of the Environmental Studies Program, and teaches courses in environmental and animal ethics. His early research concerned problems such as political resistance and incarceration. He is currently working on the topic of our hominin ancestors and family tree in order to better understand the human difference from nonhuman animals in the present day.
Lucia is a community organizer and greening advocate who creates public spaces connected to cultural heritage and future resilience. As The Greenhouse Project’s Program Manager, Lucia’s work focuses on developing community projects connected to the Garden District identity of San Francisco’s Portola District. Her primary aim is conserving the city’s only remaining agricultural vestige – 2.2 acres of abandoned greenhouses in the Portola – and transforming the site into an educational urban farm. At TGP Lucia also works with residents to reimagine the neglected Caltrans parcels that border the neighborhood, and collaborates with city agencies to further sustainable infrastructure projects with robust public benefits.
Tom joined Transportation for a Livable City as executive director in June 2004. He has been an urban environmental activist since attending college at UC Berkeley, advocating for urban environmental restoration, better public transport, and the greening and revitalization of public streetscapes and open spaces. He played an important role in voter initiatives to create the Octavia Boulevard and to create a “Grand Central Station” at San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal that connects regional and intercity rail and bus lines. He served as an elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1996 to 2016, where he has advocated for reinvestment and renovation of the BART system, and improving BART practices in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, customer service, architecture and urban design, and the creation of transit villages at BART stations.
Asha Richardson is the Interactive Manager at Youth Radio, the Peabody Award-winning youth-driven production company in downtown Oakland. In 2010, she co-founded the Innovation Lab there, where young people combine journalism + coding + design to create mobile apps and interactive news stories. Asha’s driving passion is to diversify tech of the future and help youth of color develop expertise in data and computer science to make the changes they seek in the world.
James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, educator, and artist. He is the founder of a community healing and visioning outreach process – Place IT! The innovative and interdisciplinary method uses storytelling, objects, art-production and play to help underserved communities participate more equitably in the planning process. He is an international expert in public engagement and has traveled around the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and South America, facilitating over 500 workshops, and building 70 interactive models. He has collaborated with municipalities, non-profits, community groups, educational institutions, and museums, to engage, educate, and empower the public on transportation, housing, open space and health issues. He holds a masters degree in city planning from MIT.
Urban Agriculture Supervisor, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Sarah holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Davis with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment. At Davis she worked on the Student Market Farm and Ecological Garden and managed the Salad Bowl Garden, a small centralized edible space for community foraging. After graduating she served two years on the Oregon Coast with FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps program that connects kids to real food through school gardens and nutritional education. She also volunteered on farms and worked to support small farm incubator projects in the rural community. Sarah currently works as TNDC’s Urban Agriculture Supervisor in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, where she manages 5 edible rooftop gardens and the Tenderloin People’s Garden, a free public farm located on the corner of Larkin and McAllister. TNDC is adding expansive equitable rooftop farms to many of their new developments in the pipeline. She leads TNDC’s Urban Agriculture team that facilitates food justice programming, health and wellness education, urban food production and much more.
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 Women’s March short, Queer Arts Festival performances of White Lies and Rally The Troops, and work with the UC Critical Sustainabilities Group. She has worked as a Creative Producer, Account Manager, Editor, and Post-Production Supervisor in the Bay area for over 10 years. For fun, she gets her buddies to collaborate on playful lo-fi animations with cardboard, embraces the role of art teacher and spoiler extraordinaire to 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.
Antje Steinmuller is an architectural designer and educator whose research explores the role of design (and designers) at the intersection of citizen-led and city-regulated processes in the production of urban space. She is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she chairs the Bachelor of Architecture program, and an Associate Director of the Urban Works Agency, CCA’s urbanism research lab. Through her studios at CCA, she investigates new typologies of urban commons, new forms of collective living, and the agency of architecture vis-a-vis the current housing crisis. Antje is also a principal at Studio Urbis, an architecture, urban design and research practice in Berkeley, and co-founder of Ideal X, a design consultancy focused on the potentials of public spaces in transition.
Strauss lost his live-work space in March of 2015 due to a fire in the adjacent unit, and was thus uniquely prepared to go into tenants’ rights activism immediately after Ghost Ship. Oakland Warehouse Coalition advocates for affordable alternative housing at the local and state levels, and has forged key relationships with elected officials, city staff, and ethical developers. The Coalition has developed partnerships with tenants’ rights groups on both sides of the Bay by opening up its advocacy work to include the broader low-income and homeless community. Strauss has been a Production Designer for concerts and special events since 1999, and has run the DIY recording studio Survivor Sound since 2008. He is considering running for an Oakland City Council seat in 2018.
Anne Stuhldreher is the Director of Financial Justice in the Office of the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco is the first city in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fines, fees, and financial penalties impact the cities’ most vulnerable residents.
Throughout her career, Ms. Stuhldreher has advanced innovations in local economic empowerment, civic engagement and public interest journalism. In San Francisco, she brought people together to initiate and launch initiatives like: Bank on San Francisco (that spurs banks to create starter accounts for the estimated one in five Americans who don’t have them). As a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, she helped start the Bank on California. The “Bank on” strategy that Ms. Stuhldreher conceived is being replicated in dozens of cities. She also authors op-eds and articles in outlets such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee. Formerly, Ms. Stuhldreher worked at the Ford Foundation, Opportunity Fund, the California Endowment and is currently a fellow at New America CA.
Lauren Tabak is a writer, photographer and filmmaker specializing in documenting arts & culture. She has 10+ years experience creating online content – most recently as the Manager of Original Content Development for Google Play. Her work has appeared in a number of film festivals as well as Slate, Pitchfork, Spin, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, NPR, Funny or Die and other places one goes to be entertained on the web. In 2016 she received an NLGJA award for Excellence in Online Journalism. In 2017 she made her pop music debut in the Frameline Film Festival as L|M|T with the music video “Born To Love You”. She lives in San Francisco with her dog Louis.
Lila Thirkield founded the Lexington Club and was the sole owner until its closure after almost two decades. She opened Virgil’s Sea Room, next to El Rio in The Mission, five years ago and continues to foster nightlife and community through their many benefits and community gatherings. She has served on the Dyke March committee, and continued to as an advisor and fundraiser to help ensue future marches. She also loves cats.
A native of Australia, Jack has been fascinated by the authentic urban spaces ever since he was old enough to play LEGO. It was no surprise that since leaving college, Jack has worked in local area revitalization, real estate development for the past 15 years. Jack is a real estate consultant at the Northern California Community Loan Fund, where he works with social purpose and arts organizations to solve their real estate needs in the Bay Area. His work encompasses real estate readiness training, acquisition and leasing strategies, multi-tenant centers and working with distressed real estate. Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and business from the University of Western Australia and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia.
Ana Vasudeo joined SF Bicycle Coalition as Program Director last year. At SF Bicycle Coalition, Ana oversees the organization’s bicycle education program, community bike builds program, youth and family biking program, and valet bicycle parking. She brings over 10 years experience in the environmental field, working both domestically and internationally. She has a passion for environmental equity, previously leading climate justice initiatives at Green for All and the World Bank. Ana also served as the Director of the Blue Greenway for the SF Parks Alliance. She is a proud San Francisco native and enjoys getting to know the city more via bike and exploring the Bay Trail with her family. She holds a Master of Regional Planning Degree from Cornell University.
Natalia M. Vigil
Natalia M. Vigil is a queer Xicana writer, multi-media curator, and big sister born and raised in San Francisco. Her multi-genre writing arises from the voices and stories of the people around her and mixes poem, memoir, song, and myth. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and shows around the Bay Area. She is a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow for nonfiction and the fiercely proud co-founder and Artistic Director of Still Here San Francisco.
After starting as the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Development Director in May 2014, Brian became Executive Director in July 2016. He has been a member since 2007. He brings almost a decade of nonprofit resource development and management experience to the job, including leadership roles at ODC and Performing Arts Workshop. A passionate advocate for better bicycling in San Francisco, he has worked for safer streets in his SoMa neighborhood and beyond. Brian holds an MPA from San Francisco State University and a BA from the University of Minnesota.
Born in Philadelphia, Bryan grew up in a household filled with music and art. His first renowned photojournalism project, “In Search of African Continuum; Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals,” focused on sacred ceremonies and rituals rooted in West Africa and spread throughout the Diaspora. His still photography is on the feature film documentary, “Crips and Bloods: Made in America.” The compelling story by director Stacy Peralta examines the conditions of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. “Oakland Here and Now” was born with an overwhelming sense of urgency to tell the stories of the city’s unique and diverse people before they are gone forever. His work has been featured in Ebony Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, Agence France-Presse and was a photo editor at Black Issues In Higher Education and the Children’s Defense Fund magazines. Bryan has lived in Oakland for 9 years and mentors youth on the autism spectrum.
Mr. Williams is the principal of Junious Williams Consulting, Inc. (JWC) a firm specializing in research, policy and program development on issues of equity and social justice. From 1998 through 2016 he served as President and CEO of Urban Strategies Council, a social justice impact organization. He holds a Juris Doctorate in Law and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan. In addition to private law practice, his career includes: founding the Saginaw Student Rights Center and co-founding the Ann Arbor Student Advocacy Center; work on school desegregation, disparate student discipline and education equity at the Program for Educational Opportunity at the University Of Michigan School of Education; Executive Director of Student Attendance and Discipline for the Detroit Public Schools; and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at CSU, Fresno. He has worked on community building, education and criminal justice reform, workforce and economic development efforts including negotiating landmark community benefits agreements on major development projects in Oakland and San Francisco. He is co-founder and Board Chair of the Oakland Community Land Trust and Board Chair for the Center for Law and Education.
Ed Wolf is featured in the award-winning documentary “We Were Here,” which tells the story of the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. Ed moved to San Francisco in 1976, has been working in the HIV field continuously since 1983, and has told stories at the National Queer Arts Festival, Listen For A Change, You’re Going to Die Too, Audible.com, Porch Light: A Storytelling Series, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Still Here and numerous other open mic events. His writing has appeared in many publications, including Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco; The Bay Area Reporter; the groundbreaking AIDS Reader; Fray: Sex and Death; Christopher Street and The James White Review.
Jonathan Young grew up in foothills of the Angeles National forest of LA county. He developed a healthy appreciation of animals at an early age having been raised by an avid outdoorsman and a mother that allowed him to keep a number of critters as pets. After obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Biology from San Diego State University he moved to San Francisco where he began volunteering with the Presidio Park Stewards. A year or so of volunteering resulted in habitat restoration internship. It was during this time that he began graduate school at San Francisco State University, meanwhile advancing to a new internship which focused on the restoration of the Presidio’s Mountain Lake. His master’s work overlapped heavily with his restoration work in the Presidio and when he completed school he was hired on as the Presidio Trust’s first Wildlife Ecologist. Since then he has been developing the Presidio’s wildlife program, which in general includes monitoring, outreach, and reintroductions of lost species. He is interested in all animals from worms to zooplankton, but his all-time favorites are reptiles and amphibians. Jonathan is excited about the endless opportunities in the new field of Urban Ecology and what better place than San Francisco to bring conservation action to an urban audience.
Robert N. Zagone
Robert N. Zagone is an independent filmmaker and television director who is best known for his independent feature films Read You Like a Book (starring Karen Black, Tony Amendola and Danny Glover) and The Stand-In (starring Danny Glover). He is also well known for the iconic guerilla-style documentary Drugs in the Tenderloin, as well as his many forays into the musical culture of San Francisco, including Go Ride the Music, featuring Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service; A Night at the Family Dog, featuring the Grateful Dead, Santana, and Jefferson Airplane; Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin; and the infamous Bob Dylan Press Conference. Zagone was one of the first filmmakers to cover the cultural explosion of the 1960s in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as one of the first directors to make music videos. In addition, he was one of the first directors to implement an open policy of diversity for all of his film projects, for both cast and crew. He is the recipient of three Emmys from the San Francisco chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.
Sadaf Zahoor is an East Bay native and member of the underground music scene and a debate coach for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Sadaf became an advocate for her home, Burnt Ramen after it was outed after the Ghost Ship fire and is committed to regaining access to the space that her and others love so dearly. Understanding the importance of spaces where marginalized folk can have an outlet for creative expression is a cornerstone in Bay Area life, and needs to be protected.