Reed joined YAX as the Executive Director in 2013. At age 17, she experienced her defining moment as an arts administrator, realizing her role in presenting the arts to young audiences. Since then, her career and education have focused on youth leadership development in the arts and making the arts more accessible to community. She was 2017 LeaderSpring Fellow and a 2014 Leadership San Francisco trustee. Reed has also participated in National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) and was a 2010 fellow in Bryn Mawr’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI). She received her Master of Arts in Arts Management with a concentration in Community Arts Management focused on Youth Arts from the University of Oregon in 2007, earning the Walton Research Scholarship for her research on youth involvement in arts administration. In 2002, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language + Literature from the University of Oregon. Her experience also includes leading arts organizations in Eugene, OR and Philadelphia, PA. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Nat, son Berks (named after a train stop in Philly), and an array of 4-legged beasts. In addition, she is a graphic designer, sculptor, and public transportation enthusiast.
raffaella falchi macias, deputy director
Raffaella is an educator, designer, dancer and choreographer and holds a B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Architecture from California College of the Arts. She is an architectural designer with a keen sense of cultural awareness, and an aptitude for selecting color and organizing space. She received a fellowship from CCA and worked with the favela community of Manguinhos in Rio de Janeiro under the Brazilian architect Jorge Mario Jauregui and his Favela/Barrio project. She has spent over a decade as an educator teaching architecture and dance to public high school students. Her multicultural heritage inspired her interest in the visual and performing arts. She is the founder and artistic director of Sambaxé dance company, and is a world dance faculty member at the ODC in San Francisco as well as being part of the ODC Pilot 64 program. She proudly speaks Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Raffaella wears many hats, but is able to wear each hat well.
sofia airaghi, program manager
Sofia is a quadrilingual geographer, dancer, and educator from San Francisco. Sofia holds a B.A. in Geography from UC Berkeley with an emphasis in Latin American Studies. She is an alumna of YAX programs, having participated in the Architecture and Black + White Photography classes and served as a Teaching Assistant and Youth Advisory Board Member. Sofia has previously worked on cross-cultural programming at UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center, is one of the co-creators of the Cultural Map of Southeast San Francisco and worked as a cartographer with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s (Dis)location initiative. Sofia has performed at ODC Theater, Cuba Caribe Festival, San Francisco Carnaval, UC Berkeley and has exhibited work at Latinos in Architecture’s Perspectivas exhibit and at Book and Wheel Works’ Moving Art House.
chantelle schultz, program associate + development coordinator
Chantelle grew up in San Francisco and received her B.A. in East Asian Studies and World Islamic & Middle East Studies from McGill University in Montreal. While in school, she served as Copy Editor and then Multimedia Editor at The McGill Daily, and as a managing editor at re:asian magazine. She also sat on the 2017-18 Board of Directors of the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill. After moving back to San Francisco, she worked as a researcher and editor at the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Institute at San Francisco State University, and as a Youth Drawing and Painting Instructor for AYPAL – Building API Community Power in Oakland. Chantelle is inspired by youth and community art and political organizing, and enjoys filmmaking, painting, and singing. She is also an alumna of Lick-Wilmerding High School.
jorge courtade, program associate
Jorge is a DJ, writer and graphic designer with Bay Area roots who lives in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. He earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of San Francisco. His work in music and event production centers Central American identity, community outreach and emerging sounds of the Latinx diaspora. With writing published in the Miami New Times and Remezcla — as well as a short story selected for inclusion in the Acentos Review — he brings a personal, narrative approach to music, design and arts education. Prior to joining YAX, Jorge worked as an on-site literacy tutor at a SFUSD middle school.