Executive Director

The Director of the Arts Ed Alliance is a part-time, paid position which reports to the Executive Committee and to our fiscal sponsor, the Intersection of the Arts. The director is responsible for organizational operations, communications, membership management, and budget supervision.

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In June 2020, AEABA welcomed Indi McCasey as the new Executive Director of the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area! Indi brings expertise as an experiential educator, arts administrator, creative consultant, and community catalyst. As a member of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, they are committed to the partnership's three goals of Racial Equity, Youth Voice, and Collective Action. Indi has been a faculty member of the Alameda County Office of Education's Integrated Learning Specialist Program as well as Harvard's Project Zero Classroom. Through their involvement with the National Guild for Community Arts Education, they co-launched the Guild's White Advocates for Racial Equity Network that works in collaboration with Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) creatives to promote racial justice in the field of community arts education. 

Indi co-facilitates the Oakland Unified Arts Partners, a model for developing ongoing collaborations and partnerships between arts providers and school districts. We are excited to see how Indi will engage these unique experiences and relationships to further strengthen our local arts education ecosystem. Learn more about Indi on their website or email them at director@artsedalliance.org .

Board of Directors

The Arts Education Alliance is led by a volunteer board of directors which meet every two months to make decisions about the direction and operations of the organization. Members of the board are responsible for organizing AEABA events and overseeing all operations. New members of the board of directors must be approved by the membership at annual membership meeting in the spring. Officers of the board meet every other month and serve on at least one committee.

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Michael Palladino, Business Community, Board Chair
Michael started a small business creating custom database applications for higher education and nonprofits in 1986. He is currently co-owner of Let Blu, providing co-host services for home sharers in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. He was president of the board of Z Space Studio for 10 years, in various board roles for the Business Arts Council for six years, and president of the board of the Friends of SOTA from 2005 to 2015. His son, Matthew, is a successful visual artist currently living in La Paz, Bolivia, and his daughter, Zoe, works as a voice artist, puppeteer, and musician in Los Angeles.

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Nina Woodruff-Walker, Museum of Children’s Art, Board Vice Chair
An Oakland native and MOCHA Executive Director, Nina Woodruff-Walker became a “MOCHA kid” in 1989 when connecting through the EOYDC. When Oakland schools removed art programming from the curriculum, MOCHA became an art-making refuge during her teenage years. She found delight in identifying different ways to use art to create, express, shape & influence, even getting an experience in giving back as a MOCHA youth board member. This cemented her passion for community service. Nina is a poet who loves visual arts and understands the value of providing a platform for children to express, create & teach.

Jill Dineen, Leap, Arts in Education, Treasurer
Jill is currently the Executive Director for Leap Arts in Education, a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco that provides quality arts education for students to help them build skills to reach their fullest potential. Prior to her work in San Francisco, Jill served as the Executive Director of Classroom Central, a Charlotte, NC nonprofit that equips more than 100,000 students living in poverty with free school supplies.

Jasmine Yep Huynh, SF Ballet
Jasmine Yep Huynh is the Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs at San Francisco Ballet. In this role, she oversees SF Ballet’s education and community engagement programs for PreK-12 schools, youth, families, and community partners. Jasmine developed SF Ballet’s programs for neurodiverse audiences, sensory-friendly programming, early education residencies, and a citywide partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and has an extensive background in dance and theatre for young audiences. She previously served as the director of arts education programs at Lawrence University where she taught courses in arts education, dance, and theatre. She also served as the national coordinator of ArtsBridge America, a network of 22 universities in 14 states that partnered teaching artists with school districts to develop and implement interdisciplinary visual and performing arts residencies. She has over 20 years of experience as an arts educator and arts administrator. Jasmine joined the AEABA Board of Directors in 2019.

Aimee Espiritu, Espiritu Consulting
Aimee Espiritu, M. Ed launched Espiritu Consulting in October 2017 based on her 10 years of experience providing Management in the Arts as well as Strategic Planning and Partnerships, for non-profit organizations and school districts. Prior to this, Aimee was an Arts Educator and Administrator for 14 years with a primary focus of engaging young people in classrooms, museums and arts programs through creative youth development, curriculum design, exhibit development, and peer-to-peer training.

Kristen Gurbach Jacobson, Youth in Arts
Kristen Jacobson is an arts leader, educator, and program designer dedicated to the accessibility of arts education for diverse populations. In 2019, Kristen was appointed to the role of Executive Director with Youth in Arts. Recently, she was the Managing Director of Education at Alonzo King LINES Ballet where she led initiatives to expand LINES’ programs that promote individuality, creativity and communication through dance and movement learning.

Shanna Bowie, Destiny Arts Center
Shanna is the Art Center Program Manager at Destiny Arts Center, where she works to create a safe, artistic environment where youth and their extended families can thrive. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she has been with Destiny since September of 2018. Shanna believes in the power of art to change the world and help people envision a better future.

Sylvia Sherman, Community Music Center
At the Community Music Center, Sylvia oversees and manages a broad range of community music education initiatives, at the Center and off-site in collaboration with community partners, including CMC’s partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District to provide teaching artists for the SFUSD mariachi program and to identify students for CMC’s Young Musicians Program. Sylvia has more than twenty-five years of experience with non-profit and philanthropic organizations including work at the San Francisco Arts Commission, Oakland School for the Arts, and various community-based and philanthropic groups. Sylvia is an alumna of community-based arts education programs, playing percussion and bass.

Patricia Zamora, Visual Artist/Cultural Producer
Patricia is a visual artist, creative, cultural practitioner, and cultural producer. She spent several years as an Area Director and Director of Citywide Creative Arts with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco

Juan Manzo, American Conservatory Theater
Juan Manzo is an Arts Education professional & advocate with over 15 years of experience in the field. Currently the Director of Education & Community Programs at American Conservatory Theater, Juan has led arts education programs and professional development workshops in Arts Integration for teachers and young people in New York and California. Juan has worked as a Teaching Artist and Arts Education Consultant for multiple organizations including StageWrite, The Old Globe, San Francisco Opera, Young Audiences of the Bay Area, La Jolla Playhouse and Center Theater Group. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, he has worked for a stronger and more equitable arts education community in the Bay Area. A strong believer in using the arts for creative engagement and problem solving, he is deeply committed to ensuring access to the arts to all students regardless of socioeconomic status or race.

Van Nguyen-Stone, Performing Arts Workshop
Van Nguyen-Stone is passionate about documenting and celebrating stories where people and spirit combine in sacred communication. With her two film degrees, a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University, Van uses the tools she’s learned to support communities in telling their stories. In 2008, Van founded Jomi Jomi Photography, Film, and Community because she wanted to take the lead in her creative career to produce projects she believed in. Through her business, she has produced a range of multimedia projects, from diverse spiritual practices, ethnic dances and traditions to spotlighting Bay Area nonprofits and artists. Over her nine years in the business, she has produced work for acclaimed performer Rhodessa Jones, photographed Master Cuban dance teacher Juan De Dios and his company Raices Profundas, and many other artists. Van is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience leading media arts workshops for young people and teachers in school and community-based settings, both locally and nationally. She specializes in technology and media arts integration, curriculum development, project management, and leading professional development workshops.

Tina Wiley, San Francisco Arts Commission
Tina Wiley is an Afrofuturist, designer, and artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a grantmaker in the arts holding the title of Arts Education Program Officer at the San Francisco Arts Commission. Tina’s resume boasts over 10 years of experience in arts administration, education, and social justice. She has two B.A.s in Psychology and History of Art/Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz and most recently completed a Certificate in Graphic Design at the City College of San Francisco. Things that spark joy for Tina include plants, adventures, baking, and time with family. Tina believes creative exploration is the path to future liberation.