About Intersection for the Arts
Provide people in arts and culture with resources to grow.
Intersection for the Arts is a bedrock Bay Area arts nonprofit that’s dedicated to helping artists grow. Through vital resources, including fiscal sponsorship, low-cost coworking and event space, and professional development, we empower people to continue creating, thinking big, and taking weird and wonderful risks in today’s rapidly evolving world.
We believe art and culture are necessary elements of wellbeing. That’s why we serve people working in the arts– from artists to educators to administrators to funders.
We take the stance that artists should be at the top of the systems that were originally created to support their work. Art institutions would not exist but for artists’ creativity, sweat, blood, tears, and enormously generous hearts. We support those who take matters into their own capable hands and make their own opportunities. We stand by artists every day in their efforts to make our communities better, healthier, more exciting and dynamic places to live our lives.
People – Art – Service – Integrity – Transparency – Humor – Diversity – Equity – Inquiry – Connection – Professionalism – Rigor
Randy’s job is to provide the overarching vision and direction for Intersection for the Arts, which includes finding new ways to support artists. His favorite part of the job is meeting the incredible people who are making a difference in the world through their artistic practices. With over thirty years experience as an artistic director, he co-founded New York City’s HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art and HERE Arts Center, served as the executive artistic director for Cleveland Public Theatre, and has a long career as an actor and director in NYC and regionally. He joined Intersection for the Arts in 2008 and became Executive Director in 2015. When he’s not keeping the trains running at Intersection, you can find him cooking adventurous meals, traveling, researching his family tree, or working (at a snail’s pace) on his memoirs.
Director of Finance & Organizational Development
As an on-staff arts management coach and consultant, Yesenia’s job is focused on Intersection’s infrastructure. She works with the Executive Director to manage Intersection’s financial and organizational needs and facilitates Intersection’s strategic planning. Her favorite part of the job is integrating balance and love into Intersection’s organizational planning and decision making. With 18 years of experience working with artists and arts organizations, Yesenia is the Principal Consultant of Soleil Coaching and Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in supporting nonprofits working at the intersection of arts, culture, and social justice. When not at Intersection, Yesenia is deeply involved in spiritual practice and growth. On any given day, you can find her zenning out while drinking exotic teas with her crystals.
Director of Artist Services
As the Director of Artist Services, Allison’s job is to help Intersection members achieve their creative and strategic goals. Allison is a visual artist and arts administrator whose life and career have been dedicated to the San Francisco arts community since moving to the Bay Area in 2009. She has worked for non-profit organizations such as ArtSpan, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Red Poppy Art House. She served on the Executive Committee for the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, 2014-2016, and received an Art Enabler Award from Arts for a Better Bay Area’s State of the Arts event in 2018. As a practicing artist, Allison creates surreal figurative paintings with oil on canvas. She has been exhibiting her artwork as a member of City Art Cooperative Gallery since 2012, and currently works out of a studio at Art Explosion. She has taught multimedia art classes to youth for organizations such as SF Arts Education and Leap Arts in Education. When not immersed in the arts community, Allison can be found riding her bicycle, going backpacking with friends, or finding solitude in her sketchbook.
Space Program Director
Daniel’s job is to make sure Intersection’s members and staff have a great space to work in and to be a resource on all things ‘space’. His favorite part of the job is working with all of Intersection’s extraordinary artists. He has worked across theatre and the arts in his native Australia and London for more than 9 years. His work in set/costume design and production for live performance has given him the opportunity to work on productions for international opera companies, Australian national tours as well as for the West End and Broadway. When he’s not pretending he works for the NASA space program, you can find him also working for local opera company Opera Parallèle, catching a show around town (maybe by LevyDance where he is a board member) or catching up on his current TV guilty pleasure. Daniel is curious about new approaches to a sustainable arts industry in San Francisco.
Director of Professional Development
Amy’s job is to design and implement the professional development programs that help artists and arts managers build their business of art muscles. Her favorite part of the job is translating business concepts into creative recipes for cooking-up accomplishable action plans. Employing her 20+ years of experience in arts administration, Amy founded Artsightful to provide training, coaching and consulting in the business of art. She loves to teach and is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University and Mills College, and is on the faculty at St. Mary’s College where she designs custom courses for professional dancers earning their Bachelor’s degree through the LEAP Program. Although she is not a fashionista, Amy was a full time faculty member in the Fashion department at The Art Institute of California, San Francisco. In her spare time she is working towards earning a Doctor of Business Administration degree at Golden Gate University. To bring balance to her heady life, Amy gets into her body by teaching and practicing gentle and restorative yoga.
Jae’s job is to take care of members’ transactional requests and assist with day-to-day member inquiries. Her favorite part of her job is being of assistance to Intersection’s members. In addition to her professional experience in retail banking and administrative services, Jae has 10 years of experience as a Filipino folk dancer. She currently serves as dance assistant to Barangay Dance Company of San Francisco in addition to being a consultant and choreographer to Skyline College and San Francisco State University with their annual Pilipino Cultural Nights (PCNs). Outside of dancing, dance research and learning more about the traditional attire and textiles from the different regions of the Philippines, you can find Jae with her friends and family or dabbling in photography, make-up, cooking and dreaming of her next adventure in Philippine folk dance.
Izzy is in charge of Intersection’s creative outreach and promotion. Her job is to design and curate innovative content for Intersection’s website, newsletter, and social media. Over the past 4 years, she has worked in the Bay Area arts sector for various art galleries, organizations, and artists. Her work experiences include planning events for students at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, teaching art to elementary students, managing communications for two fine art galleries, and volunteering for non-profits like Critical Resistance and the Prison Yoga Project. Last year, Izzy received her Bachelor’s degree in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Now at Intersection, she loves to learn about the creative minds making art and change in the Bay Area. When she’s not in the office, she can be found at the ceramic studio, on a hike, or color coding her calendar.