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Board of Directors

Iris Perkins - President

Iris volunteered with BAGRC in 2014, and her life has completely changed for the better. BAGRC and the campers have inspired her to do what she loves and be who she needs to be. Iris has since quit her job and returned to school. She is pursuing her master's in Communication Studies with an emphasis on performance theory and social justice, as well as holding a teaching associate position at San Francisco State University. She is a bay area contemporary dancer, write and rock enthusiast! Her current project is brown girl dancing with scheduled performances in SF and Oakland. 

Sarah Cargill - Treasurer

Sarah is an Oakland-based flutist, teaching artist, and youth worker aiming to implement socially relevant, culturally-competent, and economically accessible avenues to classical music training and live performance within working-class communities of color. She is a fierce advocate for queer people of color visibility and leadership in classical music and believes in the power of artistic resistance to create social change. An avid orchestral flutist, Sarah was actively involved in various orchestral ensembles in the Bay Area including the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Sarah's recent solo performances and collaborative projects with queer of color community artists aim to challenge traditional performance practices and unpack the politics of race, gender, class, queerness and colonial mentality in classical music. 

Diana Alonzo - Secretary

Bio coming soon

Melissa Connelly 

Melissa is a BAGRC camper parent whose daughter gained so much from the camp that Melissa joined the board to help the camp grow and thrive. Melissa is a social worker currently working as a Family and Children's Services program manager for the City and County of San Francisco helping to develop and sustain the child welfare workforce in San Francisco.

Susan Donaldson 

Susan is a rocker and mother of a future BAGRC camper. She sings in San Francisco's The Gun & Doll Show and has toured the globe as a performer in Gogol Bordello. She proudly holds an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Mills College and an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School, and is currently an entrepreneur behind Clubhouse Caravan ChartersKindred Furniture & Finds and Butch Basix.

Mahfam Malek 

Mahfam can usually be found embodying at least one of the following identities: writer, performer, facilitator, cultural and grassroots organizer, service industry professional, non-profit professional, aspiring musician, karaoke jockey, and somatics practitioner-in-training. Their formal education is a degree in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara, but they have been further educated in community, through leadership & personal development. They believe the joy, freedom, and interdependence found in practicing art and music are integral to social transformation. 

Gabby Miller

Gabby first volunteered at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp in Summer 2009, she then served as program and outreach coordinator  from 2012-2014, and joined the board in 2016. She has a strong background in youth arts programming, working as a Teaching Fellow at The Oxbow School, and a studio art teacher at San Francisco Friends School. 
Gabby has spent the bulk of the last decade curating and collaborating with artists in Hanoi, where she has helped develop emerging artists programs, performance art symposiums, artist's residencies and exchanges. She has participated in projects and exhibitions in The Republic of Georgia, Korea, Italy, Britain, and Cambodia. Her art experience includes drawing, painting, sculpture, book-making, silk-screen, multi-media and video production. Her most recent project involved crossing the Pacific Ocean on a container ship. She takes a immersive, research-based approach to art making.
She is a graduate of Berkeley High School, and Reed College, where she wrote a thesis in anthropology about experimental arts and artists in Hanoi. Gabby is also a long time volunteer at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, and has worked in many capacities at their "Tenderloin National Forest", helping make it accessible to the surrounding community and partnering arts organizations. When she's not making art or working with rock camp, Gabby loves to surf.