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People of IAM

Board of Directors

Lisa Burger
President & Executive Director

Licensed attorney with 10 years experience in arts nonprofit management; Managing Director of Zaccho Dance Theatre; board member of SOMArts Cultural Center; Advisory Council Member of The Crucible; nonprofit consultant specializing in nonprofit formation, operations, and early strategic development

Benjamin Russell
Treasurer & CTO

Over 10 years of experience in mobile entertainment industry (video and games); background in technology design, project & product management, and application development

Alexandria Wyllie

Community Engagement Manager at Gateway Public Schools; over 10 years of event planning and fundraising experience with BA in Psychology from UC Riverside and Masters in Public Policy and Management from USC; before GPS, worked in Communications for Art Spark and The Sumba Foundation. Alexandria was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and raised in the East Bay; she has called San Francisco home since 2015.

Krystal Beasley

IAM’s Affiliate Program & Communications Manager; Bay Area chapter lead of #WomenCrush Music; creative consultant for musicians specializing in booking, event planning, project management, and artist development

Ahmad Kakar

Consultant with McKinsey & Co., serving companies across numerous industries and helping them drive large-scale transformation and top-line growth; former Director of Strategic Development at EdgeWave; Mr. Kakar has been involved with charities such as Children of War

Robert Philipson

Founder of Shoga Films, a nonprofit media company in Oakland with a mission to create and distribute multimedia projects on race and sexuality that raise awareness and foster critical discussion; published author, newspaper drama critic, Peace Corps Volunteer, and member of the independent filmmakers collective We Make Movies

Afia Thompson

Co-founder of IAM affiliate Bahiya Movement in Oakland, CA; West African dancer for over 20 years; has performed nationally and internationally in genres including jazz, hip-hop, lindy hop, freestyle, and modern dance; has graced such stages as the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco International Art Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Oakland’s Art and Soul Festivals; her film “MAPENZI: A dancer’s love affair with Dance, Body, and the Arts” was accepted to the 2019 San Francisco Dance Film Festival