Staff

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Indi McCasey

Executive Director of Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area

In June 2020, AEABA welcomed Indi McCasey (they/them) 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 of the Bay Area 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. Co-chairs of the board meet every other month and lead one of the three committees: Communications, Development, or Programs.

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Jill Dineen, Board Co-Chair 

Executive Director of Leap Arts in Education

Region: San Francisco | County: San Francisco

Jill (she/her) 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.

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Aimee Espiritu, Board Co-Chair 

Founder of Espiritu Consulting

Region: San Francisco | County: San Francisco

Aimee Espiritu, M. Ed (she/they) 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.

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Nina Woodruff-Walker, Board Co-Chair 

Executive Director of Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA)

Region: East Bay | County: Alameda

An Oakland native and MOCHA Executive Director, Nina Woodruff-Walker (she/her) 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.

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Shanna Bowie

Art Center Program Manager at Destiny Arts Center

Region: East Bay | County: Alameda

Shanna (she/her) 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.

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Tara Malik

Media, Arts, & Culture Director at RYSE Center

Region: East Bay | County: Contra Costa

Tara Malik (she/her) is committed to the development of spaces that center youth leadership, racial justice, and leverage the power of creativity to drive social transformation, healing, and liberation. For the last twenty years, Tara has worked in community in Rochester, NY; New Orleans, LA; Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; and Carrefour, Haiti. Tara is the Media, Arts, & Culture Director at RYSE Center in Richmond, CA and co-founder of One Bird, a nonprofit arts organization that collaborates with local communities to develop youth media arts programs. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master in Arts Management in Arts in Youth and Community Development from Columbia College Chicago. Tara is a member of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership and The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture’s Collective Action Team.

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Mina Mangewala    

Hayward Unified School District Visual and Performing Art Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Region: East Bay | County: Alameda

Mina Mangewala (she/her) is a Visual and Performing Art Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)  in the Hayward Unified School District.  Prior to work as a VAPA TOSA, Mina was an elementary classroom teacher for 19 years. Her primary focus as the Visual and Performing Arts TOSA for  Hayward Unified is working towards creating more equitable arts opportunities for all of Hayward students. Mina also works with elementary school teachers on ways to more deeply integrate arts into their curriculum.  She has passion for all things dance, especially dances and music of the African Diaspora, and brings that into her work as an educator and leader for arts education.

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Juan Manzo

Director of Education & Community Programs at American Conservatory Theater

Region: San Francisco | County: San Francisco

Juan Manzo (he/him) 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.

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Van Nguyen-Stone

Senior Program Manager at Performing Arts Workshop

Region: San Francisco | County: San Francisco

Van Nguyen-Stone (she/her) 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.

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Kelsey Rieger    

Director of Programs at Youth in Arts

Region: North Bay | County: Marin

Kelsey Rieger (she/her) is an educator and arts advocate. In 2018, she joined Youth in Arts as the Director of Programs. Prior to this role, Kelsey spent over a decade cultivating educational resources and accessibility initiatives in art museums and community gallery settings for visitors and contemporary artists of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. She is dedicated to co-constructing infrastructure for equitable arts access in schools and in the community, prioritizing the ongoing need for creativity as a developmental tool to advance youth and adult agency in the classroom, at home, and in shared civic spaces.

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Kimberly Vernon    

Performer Educator with Kaiser Permanente Educational and Santa Clara Arts Now Leader

Region: South Bay | County: Santa Clara

Kimberly Vernon (she/they) is an artist, arts educator, and arts advocate born and raised in the south bay area.  A magna cum laude graduate from California State University Fullerton, Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Theatre Arts and Cinema Television Arts as well as a minor in American Studies. She’s worked for numerous performing arts organizations throughout California including Vanguard Music and Performing Arts, Audacity Performing Arts Project, Starting Arts, Center Theatre Group LA, and Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose. Currently, Kimberly works as a Performer Educator with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, where she helps serve hundreds of schools throughout Northern California through utilizing theatre as a medium to educate youth about their health. 

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Tina Wiley Crawford

Arts Education Program Officer at the San Francisco Arts Commission

Region: San Francisco | County: San Francisco

Tina Wiley Crawford (she/her) 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.

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Ashleigh Worley

Director of Education & Community Engagement at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Region: North Bay | County: Sonoma

Ashleigh Worley (she/her) currently serves as the Director of Education & Community Engagement at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, sitting on DEI, Marketing, and Strategic Board committees. In addition to her work at LBC, she is the co-chair of the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance Steering Committee. Ashleigh specializes in arts integration, curriculum creation, and program development, also holding teaching credentials in California and North Carolina. In April 2020 she started Education Leaders of Arts Organizations (ELAO) of Sonoma County and is a co-author of 2019 Sonoma County Arts Education Framework. The North Bay Business Journal highlighted Ashleigh in April 2021 as one of their 40 Business Leaders Under 40.

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Jasmine Yep Huynh

Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs at San Francisco Ballet

Region: San Francisco | County: San Francisco

Jasmine Yep Huynh (she/her) 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.

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Patricia Zamora

Visual Artist/Cultural Producer

Region: San Francisco | County: San Francisco

Patricia (she/her) 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.


Thank you to past Board Members including Andrew Berger, Todd Berman (founding Executive Director), Jaren Bonillo, Dominique Enriquez, Michelle Holdt, Kristen Jacobson, Ami Molinelli, Camille Olivier-Salmon, Guillermo Ornelos, Liz Ozol, Michael Palladino, and Sylvia Sherman.