Our Team

JD Beltran


JD Beltran is an artist, filmmaker, writer, curator, designer, educator, and arts administrator. Her award-winning work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the Getty Institute, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the MIT Media Lab, the Kitchen NYC, the Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai, China, the National Museum of Kyrgyzstan, Pro Arte in St. Petersburg, Russia, the M.H. DeYoung Museum, and three ZeroOne New Media Biennials (2006, 2008, and 2012). She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, Artadia, the CEC Global Art Lab, Stochastic Labs, the Workshop Residency, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Montalvo Center for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, and the New Art Examiner. Her work also was awarded the Public Art Network Award, the highest recognition for public art in the United States (2009), the New Technological Art Award (2014), for creating one of the top art + technology artworks worldwide, and the Innovation Award by the Computer Technology Society (2018) at CES. She previously served as faculty in the New Genres, Film, Interdisciplinary Studies, Critical Studies, and Urban Studies Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has written columns on art and culture for SFGate.com and the Huffington Post. Beltran is President of the San Francisco Arts Commission, and Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Impact at California College of the Arts.



Shalini Agrawal

Faculty Liaison

After earning a bachelor of art in architecture from Lehigh University and a master of architecture from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Shalini worked for firms in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Running parallel to her work in architecture, she facilitated multiple design workshops with diverse communities. From a lifelong commitment to community engagement, Shalini holds firm to the belief creative practitioners can be agents of equitable and sustainable change. In addition to her work at the Center, she teaches in CCA’s First Year and Community Arts Programs. She also maintains a practice, MAC Studio Landscape, which brings green space back to San Francisco public schools. When not up late writing email, she’ll enthusiastically share her favorite Bay Area hikes, vegetarian recipes, and stories of her kids (but don’t get her started).




Evelyn Thorne

Program Manager, Partner Programs

Evelyn’s commitment to community arts comes from 10+ years of work in arts engagement and community organizing. Always seeking to connect art and community, she’s developed a career in both fields from public art to storytelling to conflict resolution. The driving force behind all her work has been a profound interest in creativity and increasing access to the arts. Her interests were fostered at San Jose State University as a Creative Arts major, where she became deeply invested in the social justice community. Then at University of Oregon, where she delved into best practices for Community Arts Management, researching storytelling as a tool for facilitating creative expression. Her most recent endeavor is co-founding the magazine Art Kit: Your Guide to Art + Community, a resource workbook for creative practitioners working with communities. Known by friends as a social director, you can find her holding monthly potlucks, seeing as many movies and plays as she can, and generally absorbing all the incredible arts and culture the Bay Area has to offer. Originally from Benicia, CA, she likes to describe herself as an urban explorer, radio nerd, part-time poet and pun master extraordinaire.



Rachel Poonsiriwong

Graphic Designer and Website Wizard

Rachel Poonsiriwong is an Interaction Design major passionate about ethical design in technology. Her creative background involves fine art, art curating, theatre design and user experience design.