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BAYCAT

2415 Third Street, Suite 230
San Francisco CA 94107

Phone: 415-701-8228

Email Us: info@baycat.org

© 2019 by BAYCAT

 
 

In the past 15 years, we've educated over 4,250 youth and launched more than 225 careers in filmmaking and storytelling.

78% of our graduates are people of color, and 58% are women.

82% of our graduates have been hired by major media, entertainment, tech, advertising, and PR companies.

Our Vision

BAYCAT believes that every person’s story matters. We envision a world where media and technology facilitate the telling of stories from the broadest possible range of experiences, driving people to create inclusive, equitable communities.

Our Mission

BAYCAT exists to end racial, gender, and economic inequities by opening the media industry to underrepresented storytellers. Through the education and employment of low-income youth, young people of color, and young women in the Bay Area — and through our production work for socially-minded clients — we are changing the stories that get shared with the world.

 
 

Villy Wang

Founder, President & CEO

Raised by an immigrant single mother in New York City, Villy’s desire to tell her story forged a passion for using the digital media arts to capture stories untold and to create social change. She is the President of the SF Film Commission, a TED speaker, a Bay Area Jefferson Award winner, and was named one of 2017’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by SF Business Times.

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Katie Cruz

Vice President

Passionate about youth and the arts, Katie uses her expertise in program management and the media industry to build BAYCAT’s pathway from education to employment in storytelling and filmmaking.

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Ariel Dovas

Creative Director

From conceptualization to post-production, Ariel finds innovative ways to create authentic media that tell stories with a lasting social impact.​

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Jessica Pullano

Director of Development

Throughout Jessica’s nonprofit career she has focused on harnessing the power of storytelling to engage individuals and organizations to donate their time and capital to strengthen communities.

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Fox Nakai

Media Producer & Mentor

Fox believes that the best way to see more diverse films is to create them ourselves. Fox was raised by immigrants from Japan and Mexico and has been producing award-winning films for over a decade.

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Genevieve Leighton-Armah

Academy Coordinator & Community Liaison

As a Bay Area native, Genevieve is dedicated to bringing great programs and opportunities to underserved youth, and helping communities of color achieve self-sufficiency.

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Jade Grout

Editor & Motion Graphics Designer

Jade’s appreciation for film and its power to convey social messages to share untold stories led her first to our BAYCAT internship and then as BAYCAT’s Studio Editor.

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Jose Alfaro

Senior Producer

Jose’s experience in award-winning filmmaking has ranged from producing, directing and cinematography, to editing documentary and narrative shorts. He's the first BAYCAT graduate who joined the full-time team.

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Josh Schielie

Graphic Designer & Mentor

Josh is a graphic designer, illustrator, and storyteller who brings a passion for youth arts development. Formerly in the apparel industry, he now leads instruction in youth graphic design and animation projects.

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Liz Salinas

Studio Manager

Passionate about filmmaking as a young immigrant from Nicaragua, Liz is achieving her dreams at BAYCAT, whether on-set, managing hundreds of pre-production details or mentoring interns and youth.

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Niko Bellott

Grants Manager & Copywriter

Niko uses the power of story to drive fund development, amplify branding messages, engage diverse stakeholders and accelerate impact for communities, corporates and underserved populations.

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Nisa Sanders

Academy Manager & Media Producer

Nisa’s career in media arts has led her from Texas to Washington D.C. to San Francisco. She oversees our youth and young adult programs and empowers them to hone their creative and storytelling skills.

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Ryan Scura

Video Producer

Ryan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who loves to collaborate with other filmmakers and support local communities through video.

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Senait Hailemariam

Creative Producer

Senait joined the media industry to help bring more diversity to the stories we tell. At BAYCAT, she specializes in creative development interviewing, and producing.

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Shelby Malvoso

Fiscal Manager

Shelby has worked with nonprofits since 2003 as a bookkeeper and CPA. She has a passion for social justice and using her skills as a CPA to lift up accounting in nonprofit organizations.

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Sydney Johnson

Production Coordinator

Sydney loves coordinating and producing projects that give people who are typically misrepresented a platform to tell their story. She is breaking barriers for women in the film industry.

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Theo Hollingsworth

Media Producer and Mentor

Not only does Theo understand what it takes to tell a great story, but he’s uniquely qualified at leveraging video and the value of conscious storytelling to help companies achieve an impact.

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Tyler Lim 

 Assistant Editor and Mentor

San Francisco native Tyler was drawn to BAYCAT because of its mission to bring representation to the media industry, and his desire to fuse his skills in video production with his passion for working with youth.

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Morgan Laurie

Administrative Assistant

Morgan believes that real change comes from giving power to the next generation. This belief led her to BAYCAT, after successful ventures in the hospitality industry, to support the team in making our mission a reality.

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Eric Pearson

 

Chairman

Pixar Animation Studios

I would have dreamed to have a BAYCAT when I was a kid, and now, I love making it happen for other youth and connecting them with the industry.

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Marianne Wilman

 

Vice Chair

Business Presence, LLC

BAYCAT means building skills, generating confidence, creating opportunities. BAYCAT changes lives in front of your eyes.

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Charles Patton

 

Treasurer

CBP

BAYCAT positively impacts the SF community due to strong leadership, a unique business model and the relationships it's built over these years.

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Craig Peters

 

Secretary

Awasu Design

The most important reason I love BAYCAT is that the program builds genuine skills. Creativity, opportunity, and sustainability are not just buzz words.

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Chhayal Mehta

 

Board Member

Masterclass

It's my privilege to serve the BAYCAT board and empower our underserved communities, through education and job opportunities, to be the next generation of storytellers. 

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Jason Lee

 

Board Member

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

I joined BAYCAT because I believe they provide a platform for the expression of ideas and sharing of individual human experiences is invaluable. 

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Jason Robinson

 

Board Member

Juvo

As a member of the board, I especially appreciate the unique channel for making a systemic impact on my immediate community

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Kim Diaz

 

Board Member

Pixar

BAYCAT’s mission resonates deeply with me. I was the first person to go to college in my immediate family, and one of the few women in my animation program in college.

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Lauren Zaner

 

Board Member

Google

The work that the youth and teens are producing based on the lessons and support they get through BAYCAT is so impressive, and excites me about what their future has to hold individually as well as it’s broader impact on social inequity. 

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Oliver de Albuquerque

 

Board Member

Google

BAYCAT serves a critical purpose: create more opportunities for under privileged kids in the Bay Area through high quality curriculum, a stellar Intern program and via its Studio that serves socially conscious clients. 

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Ricky Spencer

Board Member

Mechanics Bank

I believe in BAYCAT's mission so much because I've personally seen my family and community members benefit from their high-quality programs and the care that their team brings to each person they serve.

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Shana Stanton

 

Board Member

Google

As an attorney in the Bay Area tech field for over ten years, I see first hand just how important it is for the next generation of creators to reflect all of the unique perspectives of our community.

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Nicole Barton

KQED

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Hannah Clemmons

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Ismael Fofana

Snapchat

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Lauren James

Integral Ad Science

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Janet Lee

PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Samar Marwan

Strange Brew Strategies

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Liz Morrison

Airbnb

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Kasey Morrison

Fabel Studio

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Mina Park

Salesforce

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Robin Robitsky

Google

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DJ Satoda

Scoop Technology

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Andrea Wong

Google

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Cameo Woods

Charming Stranger Films

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We'd love to hear from you

Send us an email at info@baycat.org

415-701-8228