The Center for Art + Public Life is thrilled to announce the 2017 IMPACT Awards External Jury!
This incredible Jury hails from across creative, social impact disciplines, with grounding here in the Bay Area and work across the globe.
On Thursday, April 13, the Jury will award 4 Teams out of 7 finalist Teams. 1 Awarded Team will receive $2,500, and 3 Awarded Teams will receive $10,000 to apply toward their projects in Summer 2017.
Cofounder/CCO, Impact Hub Oakland; Director at Omi Gallery; Founder/Principal at AECreative
Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist, activist, and curator who facilitates the creation of collaboratory spaces where methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and social justice can be manifested.Through her company AECreative she consults with organizations to assess and build capacity for increased community engagement through the use of mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management through the lens of Black and Diasporic identity culture(s).
Selected by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy," Ashara works as a sustainability mentor to support transformative healing globally, was hired by the U.S. Department of State to help implement their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security in East Africa, and is the co-founder of the first indoor, aquaponic farm in Denver, CO, The GrowHaus. Currently, Ashara serves as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland an innovation incubator and co-working space for social entrepreneurs engaged in building a just society through business development. She is also the Director of Omi Gallery, a social practice art space with locations in Oakland and San Francisco, she holds Advisory Board positions with KQED Arts, Black Girls Code, the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music and Our City.is, and has served as a Fellow with Green For All, Emerging Arts Professionals, Institute For The Future, and Schools Without Borders.
Senior Fellow at Policy Link; Managing Partner, Creative Development Partners, Cofounder/Principal at Creative Ecology Partners
Jeremy Liu leads and/or advises purpose-built social enterprises in real estate, workforce development, food justice-urban agriculture, food retail, mobile banking, green infrastructure, and arts/culture. He works as an urban planner, real estate developer, artist, community organizer, and technology designer with a passion for innovation.
He is currently the Managing Partner of Creative Development Partners, a Principal at Creative Ecology Partners, a co-founder of the award-winning National Bitter Melon Council, a Senior Fellow at Policy Link, and serves as a strategic adviser on the boards of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, IGo Car Sharing (sold to Enterprise Car Rental), the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
He has, launched the first-ever Solar Mosaic crowdfunded solar installation; created an open source, distributed language interpreter services platform - a founding project of the MIT Center for Civic Media; exhibited his art at the LA County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, Smart Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SITE Santa Fe, Boston Center for the Arts, Blaffer Art Museum; presented at the Live Bienniale in Vancouver, the Open Engagement Art + Social Practice Conference, and the Grantmakers in the Arts conference; and, for 15 years he led two, nationally-recognized community development corporations.
Cofounder/CEO at Juabar (DMBA 2012 | IMPACT Alum)
Olivia Nava is co-founder of Juabar, a social business that deploys solar-powered media hubs in unelectrified African village centers and leases them to solar entrepreneurs to provide electricity and connectivity access to their communities. Juabar started through funding from the CCA:Impact Award. Olivia’s passion is uncovering what drives human behaviors.
She employs design thinking in everything she does, which has led her through designing HIV programs in Mozambique, funding health innovation programs as a program officer at Tides & The California Endowment in San Francisco, as CEO of Juabar and now as a design strategist specializing in designing for low-resource settings in Nigeria and India. She received her MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts in 2012 and her BA from UCLA in 2002. Through Juabar, Olivia has been a selected fellow at the following entrepreneur organizations: Seedstars (2015), University of Santa Clara, Global Social Benefit Institute (2015), Unreasonable East Africa in Uganda (2014) and Fledge in Seattle/USA (2014). Juabar has been featured as a startup social company to watch in BBC World, Le Monde, FastCompany and PopTech.
Founder/Principal at Ideas & Action, Urban Planner, Community Development / Affordable Housing Consultant
Mark's company is “Ideas and Action.” Trained as an urban planner he has worked in the field of community development and finance for over 20 years. With degrees in Political Economics (U.C. Berkeley, B.A. 1989) and Urban Planning (UCLA, M.A. 1992) Mark has worked collaboratively to develop or finance over 2,000 units totaling more than $400 million in total development costs. Having worked for for-profit and non-profit organizations, consulting firms and investment banks Mark is committed to community development and affordable housing. Additionally, having experience engaging students and communities having taught courses on real estate and housing policy in the Syracuse School of Architecture and implementing initiatives at UPSTATE: in collaboration with City, State and University partners. A Harvard Loeb Fellow for the 2014-15 year at the Graduate School of Design, Mark consults with architects, planners, non-profit organizations and others throughout the United States.
Artist Filmmaker, Director, Associate Professor (Animation / Graphic Design / MFA in Fine Arts)
Christoph Steger is an experimental filmmaker whose work explores the intersections of documentary, animation and digital media. Incorporating traditional drawing, collage and computer generated images, his films highlight the relationship between reality and its representation through media. His recent pieces are formal investigations into the materiality of digital images.
His work has been shown at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Tate Modern London, Arnolfini Bristol, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and numerous other international film festivals and was screened on television in the United Kingdom and Europe. He received commissions from the Arts Council England and Channel Four TV. Recent video installations have been exhibited at the H&R Block Art Space in Kansas City.
Christoph has worked on a wide range of cultural projects for BBC, Channel Four, Amnesty International, the Arts Council England and FACT Liverpool.
Christoph holds a BA degree in Visual Communication from the Hochschule RheinMain in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2004, he received a scholarship for postgraduate studies in art and design from the German Academic Exchange Service and went on to earn an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art in London. He is an Assistant Professor of Animation, Graphic Design and Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts.