Maya Wallace is a founding advisory board member and a longtime resident of Sacramento. Throughout her career, she has worked in the government and nonprofit sectors advocating for healthy communities, government accountability, transparency, and access, and empowering communities through arts and culture. Maya also co-chaired the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Race & Cultural Equity Task Force, which developed the city’s first cultural equity statement. Voted best arts advocate by Sacramento News & Review readers in 2019, she most recently helped advocate for a SMAC budget that contained over $2 million in grant funds dedicated to equitable investments in the creative economy, advancing cultural equity and investing in arts and culture organizations that serve diverse communities.
Jessa Ciel is a founding advisory board member and a visual artist working in the mediums of photography, video, and prose. Her personal work addresses cultural loss and assimilation, black female identity, land, American patriotism and emotion. Her company IAMCIEL is a visual storytelling brand that produces and creates artistic, high-end, one of a kind products and artistic experiences. Ciel holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
niva flor is a founding advisory board member and the Chief Impact & Strategy Officer at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. She brings more than ten years’ experience in community engagement and interactive cultural programming, including workshop and curriculum development. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the Community Partnership Manager at the Oakland Museum of California. During her tenure, she worked to expand strategic partnerships with community and cultural organizations and led a creative team in developing collaborative public art projects in neighborhoods historically underserved by the Museum. Niva earned her Bachelor’s degree in music from Spelman College and her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Los Angeles. Niva is a mother, daughter, wife and wellness enthusiast committed to expanding access to culturally-affirming holistic practices such as yoga, sound healing, and meditation that center on people of color and individuals in the community who are most in need.
cloudy is a founding advisory board member and a 17-year-old poet from Sacramento, California. Cloudy has been writing for six years and has self-published her first book Receipts of Ungiven Gifts in November 2019. Cloudy is a senior at Sacramento High School and one of Sacramento’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureates. Cloudy has participated in multiple projects and events throughout Sacramento in an attempt to build up her community.
Jackie Cole is a Sacramento native and a Social and Environmental Justice consultant. Jackie advocates for equitable and sustainable communities through partnerships with community residents, creatives, non-profits, and state and local agencies. She creates space for communities of color to understand the ways that their built environments impact their health and how to get involved in the decisions that determine what their neighborhoods look like and how they’re developed. Jackie also supports her work by participating as a Board Member of the Red Black & Green Environmental Justice Coalition, the Sacramento Community Land Trust, the John Muir Institute for the Environment, and as a Commissioner on the City of Sacramento's Active Transportation Commission.
Delilah Clay is an attorney and lobbyist that works on California public policy. She has advocated on a range of issues including clean transportation, housing, benefits for victims of sex trafficking, and increasing state funding for legal representation of foster youth. Notably, Delilah was a part of the lobbying team that secured passage of first in the nation legislation known as the CROWN Act, which protects natural hair including locs, braids, and twists from discrimination in California. She's a native Sacramentan and is passionate about the role that art plays in the Black community as a conduit for representation, self-expression, and healing. A self-taught artist herself, Delilah believes that investment in expanding the reach of Black artists is important to breaking barriers in the art world and giving voice to a new crop of creatives. Delilah holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California Los Angeles and a JD from Northwestern University.
KiARA REED is an all-around media maven and community warrior specializing in social change and community empowerment. A Nehemiah Emerging Leader Alum, Kiara has a strong leadership background and get-things-done attitude. Her commitment to the community is clearly visible through her work in Sacramento’s historic Oak Park Neighborhood and organizing around a sustainable and equitable future for all. She also serves on the boards of Slow Food Sacramento and CleanStart. When Kiara isn’t busy strategizing, she is an environmental justice advocate, avid gardener, farmers market junkie, and dog mom.