STAFF & BOARD

Contact Info:
Mailing Address:
BAY AREA GIRLS ROCK CAMP
PO Box 72213
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Numbers:
Office Number: 510-267-1808
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Staff

el 李 : Development Coordinator

 

el 李 grew up in the San Fernando Valley as a gay daughter of migrants from Hong Kong. She started working at 16, and was finally given the space to shift out of a mindset of working-for-survival and into visions of growth after finding youth-centered organizations. Since starting her "professional" "career" she has been a part of back-end work for youth programs and considers working for the next generation a blessing! el 李 is also a painter and a co-organizer of Roots of Labor Birth Collective, among other birth-justice initiatives. 

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 collects rocks and also 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

Join our board! We are now looking to recruit more board members! Interested? Send an email to info@bayareagirlsrockcamp.org to learn more.

Kendal Blum - Interim President

Committed facilitator of rhythmania and famous for crying with pride in front of the peer mentors, Kendal started volunteering with BAGRC in 2015 and has been a convert to the Rock Camp path ever since. Currently a nursing student at USF, when not teaching, playing drums, or studying Kendal spends her free time facilitating meetings and taking naps under oak trees.

Hallie Chen - Vice President
 

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.

Annie Yiling Wang - Secretary

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 knowledge 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.

Danika Rodriguez - Treasurer

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.

 

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.

Ripley Young

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.