Our Team

JD Beltran


An artist, designer, filmmaker, writer, educator, and arts administrator, JD Beltran’s award-winning work has been screened and exhibited worldwide, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Center, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.  She is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission, and serves on the boards of the Recology Artist Residence Program, the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, and San Francisco Design Week.  A Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writers Fellow, she has written arts & culture columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Huffington Post.  She achieved her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law. She also is an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts.



Shalini Agrawal

Interim Assistant Director

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).




Eve Letendre

Operations Coordinator

Eve Letendre works as the industrious operations coordinator at CAPL. An American nomad, she has lived in the varied locales of Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, and currently resides in Oakland. (She likes Oakland the best). Eve honed her professional skills as she worked her way through school; her past jobs include pharmacy clerk, lab courier, clothing reseller, film studio filing clerk, one-hour photo processor (remember those?), and an electronic keyboard manufacturer accounts specialist. After an arduous journey through the California community colleges, she transferred to CCA and graduated with a bachelor degree in Visual Studies. At CCA she learned the value of community engagement through her Community Student Fellows work-study gig at the Rock Paper Scissors collective in Oakland. Her hobbies include ogling puppies, writing short fiction, and disgusting people with her devotion to salted black licorice.




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.