Creator and Producer, Luann Algoso
Luann Algoso is a Portland, Oregon-based writer, creative activator, cultural worker, and strategic communications specialist. Her work in organizing both in Asian American and women-identified spaces melds at the intersection where the arts meets activism. As a cultural worker, Luann is in service to using her art in building movement for justice and liberation. She utilizes creative strategies and tactics to center the voices of communities that are directly impacted by injustice and oppression and supports the leadership development of those impacted to create those messages. Luann is originally from Anaheim, California and moved to Portland in 2010. In 2015, she received her Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University with the thesis titled, “Comedy as a Platform for Marginalized Voices: Asian American Women and the Disoriented Comedy Showcase”. She is a 2017 recipient of the Golden Spot Award Residency, a curated artist in residency program with Caldera Arts. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @luann_algoso and learn more about her work at luannalgoso.com.
Producer, Amy Nieto-Cruz
Amy Nieto-Cruz is a Puerto Rican artist and all-around jill-of-all-trades based in Portland, OR. She is the owner/designer of Little Bright Studio and co-founder of Broad Space, a women’s creative studio. With every project that comes her way, Amy makes sure to prioritize the voices and experiences of women of color. Now that she has re-entered the film/video industry as producer for Nonprofit Web Series, her goal lies in continuing to highlight the fascinating stories of people of color. After she retires, she would like to pet all the cats in the world.
Associate Producer, Rachel Hills
Rachel Hills is a New York-based writer, speaker, and activist who is interested in the space where the personal meets the political. She is a college speaker on sex and gender issues, and the author of a book called The Sex Myth, which published in North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK in August 2015. She is also the Executive Director of Break the Sex Myth, an activist organization that believes that raw, honest, critically-engaged dialogue about subjects that are typically perceived as too private to talk about can transform the way we see the world, measure our value, and treat other people.
Producer, Director, & Writer Dawn Jones Redstone
Dawn Jones Redstone is an award-winning gay, Latina filmmaker best known as director and co-writer of the acclaimed dramatic short film, Sista in the Brotherhood. Dawn has worked in and around the non-profit world for 14 years as an employee, board member and a subcontractor and is ready to mine the wealth of comedy, this sector has to offer! Dawn is the recipient of the MRG Foundation’s 2016 Lilla Jewel Award and was named a Woman of Vision by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce. She recently received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council along with Kjerstin Johnson to develop a pilot for a potential web series and is currently developing her first feature film script about a Latina carpenter and her reluctant apprentice. She is committed to creating films that help balance the media representation of women and people of color both in front of and behind the camera.
Writer, Jessica Yen
Jessica Yen is a Chinese-American essayist and novelist whose work focuses on the intersection of identity, culture, family, and memory. Her personal essays have appeared inOregon Humanities and The Drum Literary Magazine, and she was a finalist for the 2016 Fourth Genre essay prize. She is an alumni of the Voices of our Nations Arts writers workshop, the only multi-genre writers workshop for writers of color, and of the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s certificate program. She spent nearly a decade working in non-profits before transitioning to a career as a freelance writer/editor.
Writer, Marilou Carrera
Based in Portland, OR, Marilou Carrera is a health equity advocate by day and art adjacent by night. Her experiences as a Filipina and Japanese woman who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, as well as her time practicing as a registered nurse, advocating for communities of color, and promoting public health have long persuaded her of the importance and imperative of sharing stories. She co-developed We Carry Oceans, an online collection of stories about accessing reproductive health within Asian / Pacific Islander communities. Marilou is currently establishing a creative writing practice to share her own stories of negotiating intergenerational space in the context of diaspora and gender / reproductive justice.
Writer, Candace Kita
Candace Kita is an enthusiastic arts and cultural worker committed to connecting people of color with creative opportunities. Born in Chicago to Japanese American and Swedish American parents, she has been an artist and arts enthusiast for as long as she can remember. Her multifaceted artistic practice has spanned illustration, sculpture, graphic design, typography, book arts, writing, and performance.
Writer, June Karen Reyes
June is passionate about forests, oceans, and words. She believes art and creative expression is critical for social change and participates in the Arts and Media Project at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon to elevate underrepresented API voices and re-write dominant culture narratives. She works at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette bringing together community partners around systems change to break the cycle of childhood poverty. When she’s not working, you might find June playing the guitar or violin, reading, or shooting hoops.
Music Director, Scott ‘Chops’ Jung
Scott “CHOPS” Jung is a music maker whose multi-instrument style helped his group Mountain Brothers become the first Asian American rap group signed to a major label. He’s since worked with many of rap’s biggest and most respected artists (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, E-40, Ice Cube, Snoop). His Strength in NUMBERS album featured over 30 talented Asian American rappers and singers. CHOPS’ music is heard in ads (Nike, Coca Cola, X Games), TV shows (Empire, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Lies, Breaking Bad, Law & Order: SVU, Parks and Recreation), and movies (Brown Sugar, House of Wax, Hurricane Season, Face, Ping Pong Playa). He credits the sports documentary 9-Man for reigniting his love of writing music to picture.
Graphic Designer, Shannon Paine
Shannon Paine is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She uses her freelance design work to create graphic design solutions that help build community in for-profit companies and advocates for marginalized communities for non-profits. You can see more of work at http://www.shannonpaine.com/.
Videography & Photography Support, Nikki De Leon
Nikki De Leon is photographer based in Portland, OR. and an organizer with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. Her aim is to use art as a platform to connect our thoughts and our actions by curating visuals and platforms that educate, organize, and mobilize her community. You can view more of her work on her website at https://www.nikkideleon.com/.
Digital Coordinator, Lokyee Au
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Lokyee is a second generation Chinese American, whose roots go back to Hong Kong. She is also a first-generation college graduate, having recently completed two masters degrees from the University of Oregon: Environmental Studies and Community and Regional Planning. Her work within social justice intersects with her background in environmental justice, policy, and communications. Lokyee also serves on the Board of the environmental justice organization Beyond Toxics. In her spare time, Lokyee enjoys drawing, singing, sloth videos, wildflowers, and intersectional feminism.
Digital Coordinator, Lilian Ongelungel
Lilian is a multifaceted cultural worker, artist, and communication professional born in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about social justice and education equity. When she isn’t busy at her day job as a marketing coordinator or supporting Nonprofit Web Series as a Digital Coordinator, Lilian enjoys creating art, writing, reading, dancing, indulging in the local food scene, laughing at memes, and the occasional karaoke session.