STAFF & BOARD
BAY AREA GIRLS ROCK CAMP
PO Box 72213
Oakland, CA 94612
Office Number: 510-267-1808
Camp Cell (During GRASP & Summer Camp): 510-394-8647
Sep Mashiahof: Co-Executive Director, Development Coordinator
Born in Tehran, Iran and raised in Los Angeles, Sepand is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz where they studied Modern Literature. They are a co-host of Scream Queens, a weekly radio program on the Berkeley Liberation Radio frequency. In 2016, Scream Queens Radio released a magazine featuring the works of various artists, musicians, and writers whose politics and values align with their anti-oppression goals. Sepand is also a former Rock Camp volunteer as a band coach, video workshop leader, and teaching instructor. They are involved in the underground music scene in Oakland as a member of the industrial noise-punk trio SBSM. Sepand is committed to queer empowerment, intersectional politics, and the well-being of her friends and greater community.
Grace Iyer: Program & Site Coordinator
Grace has been involved with BAGRC since 2009, when they were 11 years old. They attended camp as a camper for several years, participated in the Peer Mentor program when they were in high school, volunteered after they turned 18, and served on the Board of Directors for 2 years before they joined staff. They grew up in Oakland and have lived here for most of their life. BAGRC has consistently been a source of support, liberation, and transformation for them and they are dedicated to empowering new generations of youth the way BAGRC empowered them.
Princess Pei Pei: Co-Executive Director, Program & Volunteer Coordinator
Also known as Jennifer Pei Huang, Princess Pei Pei grew up in the southern California ocean. She holds an Interpersonal Communication Studies degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Pei has had the pleasure of being part of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Community since 2011. She also collects rocks and works at Circle Community Acupuncture.
Arianna Cruz-Sellu: Program & Outreach Coordinator
Arianna has been involved with Rock Camp since 2003 and has been involved in BAGRC since 2017. Arianna moved to Portland from the Bay Area as a result of poverty and grew up attending Portland Rock Camp, eventually becoming a volunteer. Arianna is very passionate about who gets access to Rock Camp. Arianna has two education focused degrees from Mills College. Arianna is a lifelong vocalist with percussive tendencies.
Olivia Gonzalez: Operations Manager
Olivia has been involved with BAGRC as a volunteer since 2012. Originally from Southern California, she has called Oakland home for the past decade. Olivia has worked with youth in various capacities for the last 15 years and strongly believes in the positive influence and transformative power of music & arts for kids of all ages. Outside of work, Olivia can be found performing on stages under myriad alter-egos and practicing magic of all kinds.
Board of Directors
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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.
Hallie Chen - Secretary
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Hallie attended UC Berkeley where she began examining the relationship between human beings and the environment through the study of sustainable agriculture, urban planning, critical urban theory and the visual arts. This line of inquiry led her to public space designs projects in Kibera, Kenya, and rebuilding abandoned houses into cultural spaces on Chicago's south side while getting her masters in architecture from Harvard University's graduate school of design. She spent 2 years teaching design and building to east bay middle school students with Project H design. Now in the process of becoming a licensed architect, Hallie spends her free time doing BAGRC related activities, drawing, cooking, pizza eating, surfing when possible, and volunteering with floss editions. She can play classical piano and harp but hopes to do Women's Rock camp and start a band soon.
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 is a rocker and mother of a 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 Charters, Kindred Furniture & Finds and Butch Basix.
Chelsey Del Castillo
Chelsey has been working with BAGRC in various different roles since 2013. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a visual artist, musician, and zine-maker. She has been involved in independent arts and music scenes for over 15 years and is dedicated to empowering youth through creative mediums and expressive arts. Chelsey currently drums for a local punk band and regularly collaborates with local artists.
Originally from Texas, Rachel Smith has a background in fundraising and nonprofit operations, having supported organizations from a K-12 tuition-free music conservatory to a space science museum. Rachel is an audio-visual artist, performing as one-half of the experimental, electroacoustic-folk duo, The Lickets, recording & releasing this and other work under the International Corporation umbrella. She also plays drums in the goth punk band, The Same.
Ripley began volunteering with BAGRC in 2014 as a bass instructor and band coach; she has also contributed to fundraising through corporate matching and community outreach. Born & raised in NYC, happily settled in Oakland,CA, a working musician herself, she finds great joy in sharing her love of music with others, all ages, all abilities. Ripley holds a MBA in Business Operations & Entreprenuership, works with other non-profits, Skate Like A Girl, CODE2040, and is the Founder of GenerousAF Foundation that gives grants for STEAM initiatives & Community development.
Annie Yiling Wang
Annie is designer working at Blend, a financial tech started whose goal is to make the process of getting loans less cumbersome. Born in Taiwan, raised in Los Angeles with a stint in Minnesota. As a child she played piano, violin, and guitar-though the knowlege has become a distant memory. She lives in Oakland with her two cats. She spends her time powerlifting, thinking about teaching at CCA, and reading.
A native San Franciscan, Danika is an artist and passionate advocate for the inclusion of all people in the performing arts. Danika started volunteering at BAGRC in 2013 as a band coach, which lit a fire in her to continue making music accessible to youth whose potential has been historically ignored. Danika is a vocalist and flutist in her own projects, as well as in collaborations with other local musicians. As a human resources and operations professional with over 7 years of experience, Danika takes pride in helping to shape accessible and inclusive organizational cultures where all people feel valued and seen. As a nonprofit arts administrator, she has worn many hats from producing major events and performances, to finance management, to theater tech, and everything in between.