Hilmon works with Bay Area CEO’s and business owners to develop highly effective managers and top-producing sales teams. He is passionate about the link that art education provides to the social, academic and creative growth of children.
Lucas is VP of Corporate Social Media at Visa, managing their corporate social strategy across key platforms and communities. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of San Diego School of Law, Lucas is excited to help develop stronger ties between kids, art and the Bay Area technology and business community.
Jason LaBarbera is the founder and CEO of T3.am, a global recruiting company specializing in placing talented professionals with clients such as Cloudera and NVIDIA. Bringing more than 20 years of recruitment and entrepreneurial experience to T3.am, LaBarbera helps top companies move from disorganized, reinvent-the-wheel job searches to a more streamlined, universal metric. In his off hours, LaBarbera’s adventurous spirit has found him climbing mountains, sailing, swimming with the sharks, and taking glass-blowing classes. He has shared his lifelong passion for art with his three children, including his design school-bound eldest daughter. LaBarbera considers it both a duty and an honor to join MOCHA’s mission in giving children in the East Bay area rich opportunities to create and experience art.
Currently Senior Producer of Artist Residency and Community Platforms, Laura Abrams has worked at Cal Performances since 1991, where she served for 14 years as the Director of Education and Community Programs. As a producer, her favorite events have included a horse ballet, the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition of early music, Fall Free for All (a free day-long event for the community), and The Nile Project—a collection of musicians from 11 Nile basin nations who make music and advocate for peace and equitable sharing of natural resources together.
An alum of UCLA (Art History) and New York University (Performing Arts Management), she has spent a career in the non-profit performing arts, beginning as director of the student art gallery in college, then variously fundraising, producing, presenting and publicizing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Universal Jazz Coalition, City Center, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York International Festival of the Arts. Committed to the value of arts education, she currently volunteers at Oakland School for the Arts, Big Ideas at UC Berkeley, and MOCHA, and has also served on the Alameda County Office of Educaiton Alliance of Arts Learning Leadership; Creative Impact—A Consortium of Bay Area arts educators; Berkeley Arts Education Steering Committee and Berkeley Cultural Trust; and Redwood Day School.
Laura draws constantly and makes jewelry and paper quilts and shadow boxes as an active weekend artist
Jamila Amarshi is the Director of Operations at Clever, an education technology startup that makes it easy for schools to use educational software. She attended Stanford University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Yale School of Management. Jamila is interested in ensuring that art plays an integral role in children’s lives, allowing them to develop curiosity, compassion, and creativity.
Randolph Belle—Support Oakland Artists
Randolph Belle is a partner at RBA Creative, a public affairs firm, providing management, consultation, communications and graphic design services. He has launched four commercial arts facilities, a nonprofit arts organization called Support Oakland Artists and worked to encourage economic development and community participation in the arts. Present affiliations include, Board of Director membership of the Oakland Film Society and Advisory Board membership of the Crucible.
Marion Fredman—Arts Consultant
Jabari Gray—Youth Radio
Shivani is a professional community builder and learning facilitator, currently focused on fostering whole-person development and meaningful experiences to fully engage, inspire, and connect team members at award-winning innovation and design firm, IDEO. She firmly believes that all individuals are born with their own creative resources and is deeply motivated to understand the psychological drivers behind human behavior in order to help individuals rediscover their own creative confidence – the natural ability to come up with new ideas AND the courage to try them out.
Nina has been on the board since 2007. As a native of Oakland, she was a MOCHA kid as a teenager. Walker is a Kiwanis member of the Oakland chapter. She also serves as the team mom for her daughter’s basketball team. Her previous profession was in Sales for a technology company. She has been a stay at home mom for the past two years.