Board of Directors

Laura Abrams, Chair

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

Lucas Mast, Secretarymast 3

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.

Rainy Liao, Marketing Specialist

Within a data-driven mind and multi-cultural background, Rainy Liao specializes in translating cross-cultural customer insights into marketing campaigns. Had her BA and early career in Beijing, China, she moved to the Bay Area in 2016 to pursue her MA in the United States. Rainy had various experiences in global branding strategy, social media marketing, growth marketing, customer acquisition, agency coordination for B2B and B2C businesses both in China and America. Rainy loves arts, cultures and all the things can bring her new creative ideas. As a global traveler, photographer, and food lover, she likes exploring, sharing, and challenging unknown parts of the world. She is passionate about building up the bridge between arts and educations in MOCHA community for more children from diverse backgrounds.

Michelle Lewis, Artist & Educator

Michelle Lewis, a veteran teacher of 35 years, has inspired children through Art, Dance, and Yoga. Formerly, Michelle was a professional photographer, weaver and macrame artist. Though she studied to be a Dance Therapist, Michelle taught English on an isolated First Nations Reserve in Canada in 1978. This led her to continue teaching in underserved communities. Her career took her to rural Ontario, Mexico, Ohio and Oakland, California. Michelle specialized in literacy, elementary education and most recently, art instruction for primary school students. In the last three years, Michelle has worked on two social justice murals, both publicly displayed in San Francisco, and one school mural in Oakland. Michelle joined MOCHA as a Board Member in 2016.

Maria Castel, Board Finance Officer

Laurie Shakur, Rakuten Marketing

Marion Fredman, Arts Consultant

Bianca Mallory, The Allen Group, LLC