Lisa Steindler: Lisa is Executive Artistic Director of Z Space, a nationally recognized leading laboratory for new voices in American theatre.  For more than ten years, Lisa has guided Z Space‘s tremendous growth, doubling the organization’s budget and creating a hub for local and national artists and audiences.  Lisa is a board member of the Zellerbach Family Foundation and will serve as the board representative on the WJZ committee.

 

Brendan Kereiakes: Brendan is COO and Co-Founder of EnterMedicare, a startup he founded with a friend after that friend’s struggles as a Medicare caregiver.  He works with employers to help retiring employees understand and utilize their new medical coverage.  He and his wife also have an 18-week-old mutt (Monster), who provides a lot of love and joy.  Previously he’s helped Children’s Village grow its young professional involvement and donation base in New York.  Now he’s excited to help give to The Bay in such a troubled time for many.  Brendan joins the WZJ Award selection committee as the Zellerbach family representative.

 

Ruth Morgan: Artist and nonprofit administrator Ruth Morgan is the founder and Executive Director of Community Works.  Through a combination of direct services and client-centered advocacy, Community Works partners with disproportionately impacted individuals, families, and communities to disrupt and heal the harms of our failed justice systems.

 

Roberto Bedoya: Roberto is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the city of Oakland.  His career-long commitment to expanding the definition of inclusion and belonging, as well as to art-based civic engagement projects, has made him a leader in the national conversation about the arts in public life.

 

Esailama G. Artry-Diouf: Dr. Artry-Diouf is the Art and Culture Narrative Project Manager at the San Francisco Foundation and co-editor of the recently released book Hot Feet and Social Change.  She began her professional career as a performing artist in 1989 in Oakland, California.  As an artist and scholar, she has lectured throughout the United States and conducted long–term teaching and performance residencies around the world.  Much of Dr. Artry-Diouf’s work as an arts administrator, scholar and advocate focuses on systemic change for cultural artists in the 21st century – in particular, maintaining the continued vitality of cultural arts for marginalized communities in the Bay Area and United States.

 

Allison Magee: Allison is Executive Director of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most respected family foundations.  For over twenty years Allison has served as a leader in strengthening services for system-involved youth and their families.  Her work as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department includes the development of a national model for juvenile justice system reform.  Allison also established a collaborative model for the city’s funding of community-based services that resulted in over $14 million in dedicated funding for violence prevention programs for San Francisco youth.  In 2010, Allison was awarded SPUR’s Good Governance Award for her work at JPD.  Allison also worked for Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Budget and Policy, and the US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General where she won the Inspector General’s Excellence Award in 2003.  Allison holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a master’s degree in Social Work, both from Columbia University.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University.