OUR DIVERSE TEAM OF CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS are MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT, woven TOGETHER BY A SHARED PURPOSE: DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT.
I2F Partner / Lead Designer / Creative Facilitator
Alexandra “Lexx” Valdez is a Xicana creative who believes in collective growth through an impactful and sustainable creative process. Raised in the small agricultural town of Guadalupe, California, Lexx earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco (2004-2009) and began her professional career in the Bay Area (2009-2015). In 2016, Lexx’s work was featured at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in an exhibition entitled Remezcla Graphica/Graphic Remix (September 16, 2016–January 8, 2017), which reflected the Latinx and Chicano experience. Lexx’s style can be characterized by its photo-collage aesthetic and the bold colors that she uses to create vibrantly-illustrated worlds that aim to uplift ancestral knowledge. With over 15 years of experience in her craft, her work has been widely sought after, displayed and appreciated throughout the fields of education, social work, visual art, and fashion. Lexx has served as a curator for numerous exhibits including, “When She Rises.”
TOMAS ALVAREZ III
I2F Partner / Social Entrepreneur / Cultural Broker
Tomás is an award-winning social entrepreneur and nonprofit executive with 15+ years of experience leading social impact initiatives. In 2004, Tomás pioneered one of the first Hip Hop Therapy programs and worked with local youth, community artists and clinicians to grow it into a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization. Since then he has gone on to launch numerous collaborative initiatives, consult with leading civic sector organizations, and be an advocate for issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Tomás is a visionary thinker, creative problem solver, and a transformational leader who has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, CNN Hero, NBC Latino Top 20 Innovator, and Aspen Institute Scholar. Tomás is an alumnus of San Francisco State University, Smith College School for Social Work and the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Tomás has served as a social entrepreneur in residence and adjunct lecturer at Stanford University where he has co-taught courses on social entrepreneurship and public service. Tomás’ works have been featured by CNN, Forbes, New York Times, Vice Magazine, Complex, Revolt TV, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and NPR.
Erin is a renown muralist and former nonprofit executive. She is a member of The Trust Your Struggle Collective (US), COI (LA), and APC (Colombia). Erin holds an MBA in International Sustainability. She previously managed two public art non-profits as the Executive Director of the Estria Foundation and the Interim Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. Erin has left her imprint creating murals in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, the Netherlands and across the United States.
Technologist for Social Impact
Alejandro is a technologist experienced in integrating data, content, and interactions on digital platforms and ecosystems to personalize value for users. Beyond connecting brands, people, and technology, his goal is to use technology like machine learning, IoTs (wearables), VR/AR, and the cloud to enhance digital interactions for social impact. Skilled in information technology, Alejandro has worked for Artificial Intelligence shops, technology enterprise firms, digital startups, and advertising agencies. He has advised senior executives on new technology, data-driven digital transformation, IoTs, VR and AR, and AI and Machine Learning tools.
Preeta M. Banerjee
Dr. Preeta M. Banerjee draws on a broad and deep range of experience, having spent 20 years in academia, coaching and consulting as an advocate, educator, researcher, and author. She is a strong voice for combining spirituality, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and social change. She has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Wharton School and a BS in Computational Biology and Business from Carnegie Mellon. Preeta offers an incubator for energy management that accelerates the discovery and embodiment of Authentic Leadership. With personal and professional experience, skills and passion, her process helps individuals, teams, and organizations identify what is important and implement a new process that enables a shift in thinking and an expansion of choices to power changemaking.
Halline “Haylow” Overby
Producer / Content Creator / DJ
Halline Overby, aka Haylow, is a multi-talented creative who has lent his skills to a multitude of socially focused projects. He’s worked as a content producer for major sports media giants like Bleacher Report and NFL Networks, and with the City of Inglewood capturing civic engagement events. Halline is a graduate the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) program at San Francisco State University. Shortly after graduating from college, Halline co-founded Distortion 2 Static, the Bay Area’s longest running Hip Hop television. He is currently directing and producing a full-length documentary on the life and music of legendary Jazz musician Roy Ayers.
Strategist and Storyteller
Public Relations Specialist
Paloma Concordia was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and gives credit to New York City for developing her business savvy state of mind. Although her education and career began in fashion and retail, she’s been involved in the music, arts, education, and restaurant industries throughout her career. Paloma has served as a program coordinator in partnership with Beats Rhymes and Life, and the East Bay Asian Youth Center in Oakland, CA, as well as a Program Director with arts organization the Estria Foundation. She founded the PapaLoDown PR Agency in 2008, specializing in a client base of POC creatives and organizations rooted in culture and community.
Photographer / Cinematographer
Scott is an Oakland based photographer with over 15 years of experience helping lifestyle platforms and brands to create compelling visual stories that are authentic and engaging to their target audiences. He works in partnership with his clients to capture unique perspectives of his subjects in ways that uplift them, make them relatable, while simultaneously drawing the viewers into their world. His clients include companies such as Google, Facebook, PUMA, Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Circus, and many others.
Mallory Scott Cusenbery, AIA
Design Principal / Facilitator / Writer
Mallory Scott Cusenbery, AIA, is the design principal at RossDrulisCusenbery Architecture, Inc., an architectural firm specializing in community, youth, justice, and public safety projects. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, his firm’s public sector design work is represented in cities throughout the western United States and in Canada; many of these projects are designed using collaborative and participatory design processes. Mr. Cusenbery also serves as a writer, editor, and curator in the realm of design, assembling interdisciplinary exhibits, and writing on a wide range of architectural and urban design topics. He has received numerous design awards from private, editorial and governmental organizations in the United States and Canada. In 2009 he was appointed as a National Peer Professional for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program.