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Fort Mason Center. Building C San Francisco, CA 94123

Who We Are

Our Team

San Francisco Children’s Art Center’s staff consists of artists and education specialists who share a deep commitment to nurturing the creative development of San Francisco youth.

The intersectionality of race, culture, gender, ability, age, and socio-economic background of the individuals in our organization reflects the communities we serve. We create a safe workplace with a non-hierarchical management ethos where all team members are celebrated and can participate as their authentic selves. 

art teachers at the San Francisco Children's Art Center

Afro-Latinx artist Adriana, with a BA and a Master's in Museum Studies, has served in education at De Young, Oakland Museum, and SFMOMA. She's dedicated to removing social barriers in children's art and promoting youth empowerment through self-expression.

Advisory Artist

Adriana Maritza

Amy has devoted her professional and personal life to honoring children and nurturing their creative self-expression. Amy is trained in integrating the arts into education settings using methodologies from Harvard University’s Project Zero and Stanford University’s Amy believes that equitable access to creative experiences is at the heart of a just society.

Programs Director

Amy Balsbaugh

Daniel holds a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University and has taught in special education classrooms for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With a background in puppeteering, Daniel embraces a joyful approach to creating connections and increasing access to arts opportunities in special education classrooms.

Teaching Artist

Daniel Gill

Erik, a 4th generation Mexican American from El Paso-Juárez, holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Texas and Wisconsin, respectively. A dedicated artist and teacher for all ages, he cherishes his role in the community tapestry through youth engagement.

Advisory Artist

Erik Parra

Gail, with a Studio Arts B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, has showcased her work at Sun Valley, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, and Kala Art Institute. She employs Reggio Emilia techniques in teaching to foster children's self and communal understanding.

Teaching Artist

Gail Tarantino

Hannah grew up in England in a family that valued creativity and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Lancaster. Since 2012, Hannah’s worked as a Senior Teaching Artist at the de Young Museum. She has experience developing visual arts curriculua for non-profits and has served as an Elementary Arts Coordinator in SFUSD.

Teaching Artist

Hannah Freeman

As a studio artist at Root Division, Josie’s painting practice explores the relationship between nature, cities, and the brown body. She has a degree in Art Education from Cal Poly Humboldt. She also teaches with SCRAP, Kala Institute, and the Filipino Education Center. As an educator, Josie fosters safe spaces for experimentation, open mindedness, and freedom.

Teaching Artist

Josie Licavoli

Maria is an educator, writer, and artist of color who seeks to inspire and transform communities through teaching and artmaking. A graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, she is the founder of two arts programs that serve under-resourced communities in Richmond, California21, Sketch Odyssey East Bay and Taller de Arte Para Niños Richmond.

Teaching Artist

Maria Tuttle

Mia has been supporting SFCAC students in classes and camps at the Fort Mason art studio since 2022. A lifelong artist, she enjoys sharing her passion for creating with younger students. Mia is currently a student at Howard University.

Studio Assistant

Mia Smith

Polina holds a Masters Degree in Art Education with a special credential in Montessori Pedagogy. Polina relishes working in diverse classrooms, collaborating with students to create a positive and safe learning environment where all are free to be themselves and express their creative ideas via artmaking.

Teaching Artist

Polina Vashchenko

Steph, with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, practices in screenprint, sound, and ceramics. As a genderfluid and hard of hearing artist, they reimagine possibilities and advocate for accessible art education, focusing on creating safe, generative classroom environments.

Teaching Artist

Steph Kudisch

Ryan is a seasoned professional in the fields of venture capital, corporate development, and investment banking. At Yamaha Motor Ventures, Ryan is responsible for identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in emerging technology startups, with a particular focus on the digital healthcare and wellness sector.


Ryan McCrackan

Gazelle is a Director of Portfolio & Wealth Advisory at BBR Partners. She works with clients to develop their overall financial strategy, manage their investments, and build cohesive wealth management plans. Gazelle resides in Oakland, California with her husband and daughter. She enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, figure drawing, and seeking out the best local croissants.


Gazelle Summe

Sydney is the Owner and Creative Director of Studio Rayne, a boutique branding and graphic design studio. She works with clients to develop their brand strategies and visual brand identities. Before that, she spent eight years in corporate marketing and design in San Francisco. She currently resides in San Diego, CA and enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and attending concerts.


Sydney Novak

Li-Anne Dias is a creative director and design leader based in Oakland, CA. She is the Director of Brand Design at Handshake. Formerly she led brand design at Reddit and Grammarly. She also advises portfolio companies at Sequoia India and Blume Ventures on early-stage design hiring and design systems.

Board Member

Li-Anne Dias

Shea, as People Partner at Seesaw Learning, advocates for student accessibility and equity. Shea is also a member of Diversity Advocates, an organization that advances inclusion in the tech industry. In a past professional life, Shea was a pastry chef and chocolatier. Shea is also a watercolor artist and enjoys spending her time running and biking in San Francisco.

Board Member


Born and raised in the heart of San Francisco, Kelly brings over 15 years of experience in the advertising and marketing technology space leading transformative initiatives. With a deep-rooted understanding of digital advertising and marketing technologies, she has consistently driven business growth and fostered connections between brands and consumers. Committed to giving back to her hometown, Kelly is passionate about nurturing creativity in young minds.

Board Member

Kelly Chan

Julia is currently the Director of Public Policy and Executive Programs at San Francisco Travel Association, the city’s tourism and marketing organization. With prior roles at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Glass, the Hammer Museum in L.A., and as a mom of two, Julia has a passion for arts education for the very young. On the weekends, you can find her enjoying a museum exhibition, city park, or dim sum with her family.

Board Member

Julia Rome

Jim has over 35 years of experience as a teacher and a leader in independent schools. He earned a BFA in studio art from SUNY Purchase and an MA in Art Education from the College of New Rochelle. He is one of the first teachers in the country to become a National Board Certified Teacher.

Board Member

Jim Benz

Allie is currently the People Programs Manager at Bessemer Venture Partners and was previously the Sr. Manager of Education & Public Programs at the Children's Creativity Museum. She holds a BFA from MICA and an MS in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Outside of work you can find her making music, snapping photos, and gardening in Oakland!

Board Member

Allie Stephens

Board of Directors

San Francisco Children’s Art Center’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of dedicated individuals who provide a wide range of professional expertise to the governance of our organization.

Interested in joining our team or Board of Directors?

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