Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x106
Email: momo [at] caamedia [dot] org
Membership and Development Manager
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x102
Email: jchu [at] caamedia [dot] org
Annie Vu Diaconu is the Contracts Manager at the Center for Asian American Media. She is also currently the founder and lead of UpLyft Women, one of Lyft’s Employment Resource Group. When Annie is not spending her time at Lyft, she serves as a board member for the Tenderloin Economic Development Project (TEDP). She is a devoted community service advocate and strives to help small businesses programs designed to help local restaurants in San Francisco’s Little Saigon through partnerships and strategy. Her past global efforts include raising funds for communities abroad, survivors of human trafficking, and orphanages from Nepal, Vietnam, Costa Rica, and Cambodia. She is hoping to work on a documentary series highlighting talented individuals from the Asian American community.
Krystal Fernandes is the Events Production Manager at the Center for Asian American Media. She received a B.A. from Western University, Canada before relocating to the Bay Area. Prior to joining CAAM, Krystal honed her events skills while working with SFMOMA, Green Film Fest and Frameline. She gives back to her community by planning the 5km run for pancreatic cancer (PurpleStride), raising over $200,000 each year. In her spare time, Krystal is an amateur potter and board game enthusiast.
Media Fund Manager
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x125
Email: cgarcia [at] caamedia [dot] org
Czarina Garcia is the Media Fund Manager at the Center for Asian American Media. Born and raised in the Philippines, she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from De La Salle University-Manila. Prior to joining CAAM, Czarina has lived in the Middle East and has worked in various film and video production projects in Manila. Since migrating to the Bay Area and joining CAAM as a festival intern in 2017, she has worked with the organization in multiple capacities and has since honed her skills in fundraising and media production by working on projects such as the “Beyond Borders: Diverse Voices of the American South” filmmaker convening in North Carolina. During her spare time, Czarina works as a freelance video editor for other AAPI organizations. She loves all things film, travel, and Asian American pop culture.
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media. Stephen has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. His previous positions in arts administration include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. He has been a lecturer in the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a course on the history of Asian American media. In addition to writing about film history, Gong has provided critical commentary on several DVD projects including the Treasures From American Archives, Vol 1 & 5 (National Film Preservation Foundation), Chan is Missing (dir. Wayne Wang), and is the featured historian in the documentary Hollywood Chinese (Dir. Arthur Dong). He is the Board Chair of the Center for Rural Strategies and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Society.
Office, Distribution, and Outreach Coordinator
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x101
Email: llola [at] caamedia [dot] org
Lauren Lola is the Office, Distribution, and Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Asian American Media. Prior to officially joining the staff, she previously served as a festival intern for the organization. She holds a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Media Production from CSU East Bay. Outside of CAAM, Lauren is also an author (A Moment’s Worth, An Absolute Mind), freelance writer (YOMYOMF, Multiracial Media, Kollaboration), playwright, and screenwriter with a constantly growing resume.
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x116
Email: accounting [at] caamedia. [dot] org
Marisa Mariscotti is the Business Manager at the Center for Asian American Media. She brings nearly two decades of experience in nonprofit arts management, production and financial systems strategy to her role in strengthening CAAM’s infrastructure, operations, and capacity building. Prior to joining CAAM, Marisa worked with numerous local and national arts organizations in a variety of capacities including performance, technical production, design, development, financial consulting, public relations, and brand strategy. She holds two Bachelor degrees from McGill University, in English Literature and East Asian Religion, as well as graduate certificates in Visual Media Design, Digital Illustration, and Web Design. She is a member of the Bay Area artist collective, the Flaming Lotus Girls, and serves on the Board of the Precita Eyes Muralists, a community mural arts organization based in the Mission. When not fabricating large, metal art sculptures or supporting Bay Area film- and mural-making, she’s probably on an urban bicycle adventure or at a daytime dance party in some scenic Bay Area location.
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x109
Email: mniwano [at] caamedia [dot] org
Finance & Administration Director
Email: jott [at] caamedia [dot] org
James Ott is the Finance and Administration Director at the Center for Asian American Media. James joins CAAM with over fifteen years of nonprofit experience with organizations focused on media, arts and diversity. Prior to his career in nonprofit, James worked in the entertainment industry in Southern California working in film, TV, commercials, and music videos. As a new transplant to the Bay Area, James is enjoying discovering the natural beauty and diversity of the area.
Director of Development
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x104
Email: fpomperada [at] caamedia [dot] org
Frances Pomperada is the Director of Development at the Center for Asian American Media. Frances brings more than 10 years of development experience, having fundraised for Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations, including CAAM in the late 2000s. Prior to re-joining CAAM, she worked at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where she directed the organization’s institutional giving division and successfully raised funds from foundations, government agencies, as well as individuals in support of art and film exhibitions, education programs, collections stewardship activities, and special projects. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her son and spending time in her home city of Oakland.
Email: sapana [at] caamedia [dot] org
Sapana Sakya’s background is in journalism and documentary filmmaking. She recently returned from four years in Nepal, working with the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff) to create kimff Doc Lab supporting Nepali filmmakers. Currently, she is the Talent Development & Special Projects Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). In her previous work with CAAM, she served as Public Media Director, overseeing funding for independent filmmakers. She trained with distinguished filmmaker Jon Else at the University of California, Berkeley and has since produced and directed several documentaries (Daughters of Everest, Red White Blue November, Oklahoma Home). She currently lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters.
Director of Programs
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x105
Email: don [at] caamedia [dot] org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dipti Ghosh is Senior Vice President – Investments at the Ghosh Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in San Francisco. She has been in the financial services industry since 1986 and has also spent time as a fund development coordinator at Asian Women’s Shelter. She currently serves on the investment committee of Horizons Foundation. She has also been a past board chair of The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Trikone a South Asian LGBT organization, and was the recipient of the Phoenix Award from APIQWTC in 2007 and Trikone’s Pink Peacock Award for service to the South Asian LGBT community. When not advising clients on their investments, or fulfilling community obligations, she spends time discovering the greater Bay Area on her bicycle and traveling with her partner Meggy of 16 years, and of course, taking time off to attend CAAMFest.
Vincent Pan is the Co-Executive Director for Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a community-based civil rights organization in San Francisco. CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that advocates for immigrant rights, language diversity, and racial justice. Prior to joining CAA, Vincent worked with the William Clinton Foundation in Beijing to address HIV/AIDS issues, and before that he helped start and run an AmeriCorps youth program in Washington, D.C. Vincent has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and has been a fellow with the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University, the Echoing Green Foundation, and the Stride Rite Foundation.
Board Vice Chair
Myong Leigh is the Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Operations for the San Francisco Unified School District. Areas of responsibility under his supervision include policy development and implementation, business services, facilities, human resources, information technology, intergovernmental relations, and public engagement and communications. Myong’s work has focused in subject areas including financial planning and resource allocation, school site-based academic decision-making and budgeting, student assignment and desegregation, collective bargaining and labor relations, capital facilities planning, and transportation. He has also served as the Budget Director for the District of Columbia Public Schools and was a financial advisor to state and local governments on capital facilities financing and budgeting. Myong holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and lives in San Francisco’s Mission district.
JOHNNIE D. GILES
Johnnie D. Giles is the former Executive Director of External Affairs for Comcast Corporation and Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast Cable. He serves on the California Cable Television Association Law and Public Policy Committee, and is associated with National Association of Minorities in Cable, APAPA, and Vision New America. He started his career at the Chronicle Publishing Company helping the firm double its size in just over 4 years. He then worked in Chronicle’s Cable Television division and held numerous positions before returning to Chronicle’s Corporate office with a particular interest in emerging technologies. During the late 90’s Johnnie took a break from the telecommunications industry and worked at Age Wave Inc., a start-up incubator with an initial investment fund of more than $250M, where he served as the VP of Administration before becoming a partner at, Blacksquare, LLC in 2000. Johnnie graduated from UC Berkeley and received his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University.
STEPHANIE M. WEI
Stephanie M. Wei is currently a consultant. Previously she served as Managing Director of Investor Solutions at Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco. Prior to working at Wells Fargo, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and served as an intern for the US Department of State at the US Embassy in China. She is also a member of the Financial Women’s Association and the CFA Society of San Francisco. Stephanie earned a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University and her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with high honors. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Stephanie is a former member of several bay area music groups including the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, the Marin Youth Orchestra and the UC Berkeley Symphony.
Christopher Au is a filmmaker. Previously, he served as Director of Business Development at AOL, where he led strategic partnerships for its media brands including TechCrunch, Engadget, Autoblog, Moviefone and Alpha (an experimental products group). In that role, Chris negotiated content distribution deals and managed AOL’s partnerships with companies including Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and HTC. Chris’ diverse background in digital media and entertainment includes strategy, business development and marketing roles with Yahoo!, iVillage and Fox Sports Net, where he won a 2009 Emmy Award as a producer. Earlier in his career, Chris worked in film programming at the Center for Asian American Media. Chris earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and 2 kids.
James is the Founder & Managing Partner, Pixel Inc, a company that helps brands create products and experiences for digital-first consumers. He is also a co-founder of OneVietnam Network, a Ford Foundation funded online network that connects the Vietnamese diaspora to grassroots projects in Vietnam using social media. OneVietnam was recognized as an example of innovation by Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2012. James is a recipient of Migration Policy Institute’s Young Innovator Award. He has been invited to speak on technology and social innovation by the State Department, USAID, University of California, Berkeley, University of the Pacific, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Israel. Before OneVietnam, James worked as a management consultant with a primary focus on technology and telecommunications. He graduated as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar from the UC Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration.
Christine Chen is the current Executive Director at APIA vote, where she served as the founding executive director from 2006-2008. She also serves as President of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development, and partnerships among government agencies, and the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors. Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served from from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country. Chen also was a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She also served on numerous boards such as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Demos Board of Trustees, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Youth Vote, Gates Millennium Scholarship Advisory Council, advisory board for the Progressive Majority Racial Justice Campaign, and the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, East Coast Asian American Students Union, and the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association. In 2003, she was a founding member of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. Chen currently serves on the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board, Center for Asian American Media, OCA Northern Virginia Chapter, and the advisory boards for the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA), and CAPAL.
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Stephen has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. His previous positions in arts administration include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. He has been a lecturer in the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a course on the history of Asian American media. In addition to writing about film history, Gong has provided critical commentary on several DVD projects including the Treasures From American Archives, Vol 1 & 5 (National Film Preservation Foundation), Chan is Missing (dir. Wayne Wang), and is the featured historian in the documentary Hollywood Chinese (Dir. Arthur Dong). He is the Board Chair of the Center for Rural Strategies and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Society.
Tessie Guillermo is the former President and CEO of ZeroDivide. ZeroDivide is a social impact consulting firm that stays true to its original community foundation mission of improving the health, economic opportunity, education and civic engagement of underserved communities through the innovative use of technology. She has held this position since 2002. Ms. Guillermo has been a dedicated advocate for technology adoption since 1987, when she had her first experience managing the installation of a patient information management system as the finance director of a community health center in Oakland, California. Prior to joining ZeroDivide, Ms. Guillermo served for 15 years as CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a leading national health policy and advocacy organization with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In 2000, Ms. Guillermo was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as an inaugural member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Until May of 2013, Ms. Guillermo also served as Board Chair for The California Endowment, and is currently Chair of the Board of Dignity Health. She is also a board member of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Ms. Guillermo is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay, with a B.A. in Economics. She is a graduate of the Gallup Leadership Institute and was a 1997 Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute.
BRENT QUAN HALL
Brent Hall is a marketing consultant. Formerly he served as the Head of Digital at Nokia Technologies, leading their digital marketing driven by creative, data-driven strategies. He has extensive experience in marketing, public media, independent film, and community service. His previous positions include: VP of Digital at DxO (Responsible for driving integrated global marketing efforts across multiple offices and all marketing channels), Group Media and Strategy at AKQA (media and strategy director developing innovative digital-driven marketing campaigns for clients, including Visa, Gap, YouTube, Autodesk, Audi & Old Navy), VP, Marketing & Co-Founder of dGenerate Films (pioneering digital film distribution company bringing independent films from mainland China to North America and beyond), Media Strategy at Universal McCann, and Educational and Community Outreach Manager, KQED/Frontline World. For CAAM, Brent has served as both outreach coordinator, Directions in Sound producer, and festival operations. His interests include independent film, DJing, travel, and community building. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Honors, Mass Communications and Ethnic Studies. Brent is a Board member with the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach.
Bill Imada is the chairman and chief executive officer of IW Group, Inc. (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), a Los Angeles-based marketing communications company specializing in the Asian-Pacific American markets in the U.S. Bill has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and human resource development, and has served as a consultant to more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies. Bill currently serves on the boards of several non-profit and professional organizations, including Advertising Educational Foundation, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian Business Association, Center for Asian American Media, the LAGRANT Foundation, and several others. He also serves in an advisory role for groups such as Asian Professional Exchange, Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Asian American Justice Center, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a graduate of the Coro Foundation’s leadership training program in public affairs. He is a graduate of the AMBEP Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
David Lei worked as social worker in San Francisco’s Chinatown with at-risk youths before starting his business in 1981 specializing in exporting consumer products to Mexico. He sold his business in 2003 and retired at the end of 2005. David has a passion for building communities, social changes/improvements, youth education and the arts so he actively participates with following non profit organizations: The Chinese Performing Arts Foundation, Asian Art Museum, The Chinese American Community Fund, Chung Ngai Dance Troupe, Academy of Chinese Performing Arts, World Arts West – San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the Bancroft Library and Center for Asian American Media. David has been married since 1974 with one grown daughter. He attended public schools in San Francisco and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration.
Hanson Li is the Founder and Managing Partner of Salt Partners Group. Salt invests in and develops emerging concepts and exceptional teams in the food and beverage industry. Previous to founding Salt, Li was the Managing Director at The Hina Group, one of the largest merchant banks focusing on China. He serves as Board Director for Chinese American Community Foundation, the first philanthropic platform in the United States focused on engaging Chinese Americans through community grant making. His other board roles include the Association of Asian American Investment Managers, a non-profit organization that encourages and fosters business ties among Asian-led and managed investment firms; Asia America MultiTechnology Association, a 30 year old professional organization that serves the technology community around the Pacific Rim; and as Executive Board Advisor to ChinaSF, a public-private partnership fostering ties between San Francisco and China. He was recently named to Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative.
Li earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named a Siebel Scholar in recognition as one of the top 5 graduates in his class and was also recognized as an Arjay Miller Scholar. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and master degree in Sociology (Organizational Behavior). Originally from Hong Kong, Hanson grew up in Hong Kong, Taiwan, New York, and Malaysia and now makes his home in San Francisco with his wife Terri and two children.
NAJA PHAM LOCKWOOD
Naja is the Co-Founder of Gamechangers 2.0, a for-profit film fund that supports women filmmakers including women filmmakers of color. She has worked in the arts and media world since 1997. She is passionate about film and how the power of media startups, when combined with social entrepreneurism, can create transformative change. She believes in film as a means to affect social change. Naja served as Arts Commissioner for the City of San Francisco (AAMSF) and was the first Vietnamese American to be sworn into that position, serving under the administrations of Mayor Willie Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom. She is the founder and investor of RYSE Media, a media investment company dedicated to stories that inspires and compels social change and diversity. She is an investor in Impact Partners which invests in independent documentaries. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Utah Film Commission and served on the Utah Advisory Board (UAB) of the Sundance Institute where she supported artist fellowships for Asian Americans filmmakers. Naja is a tireless advocate for refugees in America which stems from her years with Phillips Brooks House at Harvard University to her current work with the Governor’s Workforce Services of Utah and Catholic Community Services of Utah. She is a graduate of Boston University (B.A.) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A).
Paula Williams Madison is Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a Los Angeles based media consultancy company with global reach. Madison is the previous Executive Vice President for Diversity at NBCUniversal and is a longtime award-winning journalist. She executive produced Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China, a documentary that chronicles her journey to her maternal grandfather’s homeland in China and the reconnection of her family with his 300-plus descendants. Her memoir, Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem was published by HarperCollins in 2015. The film aired nationally on PBS during APA Heritage Month in May 2017. Madison is a highly sought-after speaker on topics such as corporate diversity, genealogy, multigenerational wealth, entrepreneurship and multicultural issues. She has been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100” and has been honored by many organizations, including AARP, East West Players and Ebony magazine. Madison is a native of Harlem, and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Roosevelt.
Matt Mui is Director of Innovation & Strategy at AT&T, and owns the “Art of What is Possible” strategy for global fortune 50 customers by shaping the clients technical vision and innovation strategy. As one of AT&T’s Diversity Ambassadors, he led the cultural transformation for his organization by achieving innovation through diversity and collaboration. Matt is a leader in the community and an advocate on social issues. He serves as National President of the Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement (APCA), is a Board member for the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), APA Heritage Foundation and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). He participated in a national roundtable on The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, D.C. He also helped produced the short documentary “Inspire: Asian American Leaders and their Stories”. In recognition of his dedicated service to the community, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Service Volunteer Award (PSVA). Matt graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate University with a B.S. in Telecommunications and went on to earn his M.B.A. in Telecommunications Management.
PETER FRANCK, ESQ.
Intellectual Property & Contract counsel to CAAM