jessica wanamaker, executive director
Jessica Wanamaker brings a strong background in non-profit management plus successful fundraising. A pro-active and accomplished Executive Director and fundraiser with over 8+ years in national and local culture/arts and community not for profit organizations in London and New York. She is passionate about the ability of the arts to transform lives through participation
Diane bezucha, director of programs
Diane has worked in the field of education and youth development for the past 11 years. She taught middle and high school English in the Bay Area, and most recently served as the Director of Program Design for BUILD - a high school program that uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle for teaching 21st century skills. Diane has extensive experience developing and facilitating experiential and culturally-relevant curriculum that builds creativity, critical thinking, and socio-emotional skills. She has also spent the past seven years training other educators in experiential and critical pedagogies. She holds a MA in Art, Education, and Community Practice from NYU and a BA in Creative Writing and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Diane is also a freelance photojournalist and photographer, specializing in documentary work. Her work as a photographer was an outgrowth of her work as an activist and community organizer. Deeply committed to social justice issues, she sees the camera as a tool for education, storytelling, and social impact. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Humanosphere, and Seattleite among others.
LUCY QU, SUMMER INTERN
Lucy Qu was born in Queens and will be a rising freshman at Brown University, where she hopes to study computer science and the arts, namely painting, video production, and photography.
In high school, she was the Vice President of the Minorities in Media club, which raised awareness for the need for diversity in the film industry. She led weekly discussions and donated fundraising proceeds to Women in Film in order to bring better representation in media. Other extracurricular activities in which she was involved include: Girl Up, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, lacrosse, dragon boating, and ultimate frisbee. Outside of school, she works as a swim instructor on the weekends for Dolphin Swimming.
At Brown University, she is part of the Bonner Community Fellow Program, a four year long commitment that aims to combine community engagement with academic and career goals. She will participate in 6-8 hours of weekly service hours with a community partner to address issues in one of five areas: Education, Healthcare, Environment, Economic Justice and the Arts.