Creative and Innovative
ARTS IN CORRECTIONS PROGRAM MANAGER
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL
Oversee and manage an $8 million prison arts program for the state of California.
Delegate and guide the tasks and duties of the AIC Program Analyst to ensure program goals and objectives are met, and projects are executed thoughtfully in a timely manner.
Improved program policies through inclusionary community engagement practices, with the involvement of return residents.
Redesigned and delivered multiple Request for Proposals (RFP) in accessible language, with abundant opportunities for technical assistance, template for proposal submission, and a feedback survey for a more equitable funding process.
Develop and strengthen relationships with AIC Coordinating Organizations, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and other internal and external partners.
Brainstorm and make recommendations to Council on grant making policies and practices as part of the Policy Workgroup.
Collect, evaluate, analyze and deliver AIC and grant program data for the purpose of making improvements to the program outcomes and racial equity goals.
Report AIC and grant program implementation data and make recommendations in a clear and transparent manner to executive management, Council, and stakeholders.
Thought leader for the planning, development, and implementation of the statewide Creative Corps Pilot Program with $15 million one-time funds to increase awareness of public health issues, water and energy conservation, civic engagement, and social justice engagement through the arts.
Racial Equity Implementation Team
Co-initiated with the Deputy Director, the California Arts Council’s participation in the state’s pilot program of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE).
Collaborated with agency’s thought leaders to develop and implement the agency’s first Racial Equity Action Plan.
Developed the curriculum for trainings on White supremacy, colonization and decolonization, and the history of race to establish a unified understanding of racial inequities and inspire the value of change to internal staff and external stakeholders from across the state.
Organized and led the agency’s first monthly’s reading club and the Black, indigenous, and people of Color (BIPOC) social position (affinity) groups.
DREAM Magazine Workgroup
Developed a purpose and vision for the agency’s first issue of DREAM magazine.
Researched and identified contributors for the magazine.
Corresponded with artists and arts organizations to invite them as contributors and supported the development of their article drafts for publication.
Independently planned, drafted, and edited a question and answer publication of “Deported Artist" Javier Salazar Rojas.
Native American and Indigenous Artist Community-Led Meeting Planning Workgroup
Coordinated the pre-meeting activities and worked with community planning partners.
Planned, prepared, and led the agenda and meeting activities.
Assisted the collection of data from community members for the development of statewide Native American and indigenous artist initiatives.
May 2017-November 2018
ARTS IN CORRECTIONS PROGRAM ANALYST
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL
Oversaw the development of contracts, procurement process, and budget reconciliations for the program’s $8 million dollar budget.
Assisted the AIC Program Manager to collect monthly program data.
Co-facilitated the Request for Proposals panel review process, including the adjudication process.
Represented the California Arts Council at conferences and prison site visits.
July 2016-May 2017
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL
Served as a liaison between the California Arts Council and the Council by building trustworthy professional relationships.
Provided administrative support to executive staff, including booking travel, conference registrations, scheduling meetings, and proofreading agency materials.
Coordinated the compilation of Council meeting materials and produced the final draft of meeting minutes for the Council to review and approve.
Organized all event planning and logistics for the Council meeting.
Assisted in procurement for office and council meeting supplies.
Drafted correspondence for executive management as needed.
June 2012-June 2014
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Independently prepared and instructed lesson plans for two weekly discussion sections of at least 25 students in Art History, Comparative Literature, and Department of Cinema and Digital Media (formally Technocultural Studies).
Created and assigned homework and in-class assignments to ensure the comprehension of course material.
Reviewed, evaluated, and provided extensive comments on in-class assignments, homework, and essays.
Assisted students individually during weekly held office hours to resolve student concerns and mediate student-professor communication.
Provided support to the course professor and developed essay prompts and course exams.
August 2008-September 2012
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, SACRAMENTO (CLOSED)
Supervised and coordinated duties of volunteers during gallery events.
Developed and maintained professional relationships with members, gallery donors, and visitors.
Maintained the gallery’s multiple social media platforms and developed gallery blog content.
Wrote and facilitated the digital distribution of press releases for gallery events and exhibitions.
RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CALIFORNIA CAPITOL COLLABORATIVE ON RACE AND EQUITY
Participated in the Government Alliance for Race and Equity Capitol Cohort pilot initiative to learn about, plan for, and implement racial equity into policies and practices.
Learned how to establish a racial equity plan, and the creation and implementation of racially equitable policy and practices.
Continued learning on how to develop and establish organizational change theory, results based accountability, and adaptive leadership skills.
Collaborate with other California State departments and agencies to generate strategies for racial equity.
EMERGING LEADERS OF COLOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
WESTERN STATES ARTS FEDERATION (WESTAF)
Selected from a pool of 104 applications to participate in a three day professional development program designed specifically for BIPOC in arts administration.
Attended seminars with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, including training on how to use data in the cultural and arts sector, strategic foresight, and essential leadership skills.
Collaborated with other participants to complete a presentation that analyzed and defined four different potential scenarios for the future of the arts in the US, including implications and potential outcomes.
October 2015-May 2016
MUSEUM EDUCATOR & EVALUATION ASSISTANT, INTERN
LEGION OF HONOR
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Greeted, guided, and managed groups of 15 to 18 sixth grade students through a series of educative museum program components.
Evaluated program efficacy using quantitative and qualitative methods.
Analyzed and compiled data from evaluations and created data tables using Excel.
Collaborated with the museum staff, museum artists, docents, and fellow interns with the logistics of the Past & Present program.
Learned museum pedagogy, including techniques for leading tours and hands-on activities.
RELEVANT COMMUNITY WORK
August 2021- Present
EQUITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE
Meet three times a year to advise WESTAF on issues related to equity and inclusion in organizational operations, governance, staff structure, technology, and fundraising.
November 2019 to Present
LEADERS OF COLOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Advise WESTAF on the current needs of the Leaders of Color network and how to best support the network’s professional objectives.
January 2019-November 2019
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR THE ACCOMPLICE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
ARTS ADMINISTRATORS OF COLOR NETWORK
Collaborated as a thought leader with others across the arts field to create a yearlong curriculum for self-identified white individuals interested in becoming better accomplices in racial equity work through the arts.