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Dr. Bathsheba Malsheen, Board President
Dr. Bathsheba Malsheen is BAVC's Board President and has served as CEO of several mobile technology companies. Most recently, she was president and CEO of MINO Wireless, which provided managed global roaming services for mobile operators. Dr. Malsheen was previously CEO at Groove Mobile, the world's leading mobile music service provider and CEO of Voxware, a global provider of mobile voice-based enterprise solutions for distribution and warehouse operations. She currently serves as a Board Member of Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Board Advisor to SoundHound, producing applications in audio and music identification, voice recognition and search technologies. Dr. Malsheen holds a BA from Hofstra University, and an MA and PhD from Brown University in Linguistics.
Neil O’Donnell, Vice President
Neil O’Donnell, BAVC's Board Vice President, is a founding partner of the San Francisco and Washington, D.C. law firm Rogers Joseph O'Donnell where he is co-chair of the government contracts and construction practice groups. He has been consistently named one of the leading government contract lawyers in the country by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Neil serves on the Advisory Committee for The Government Contractor and on the Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee, and is a member of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law and Forum Committee on the Construction Industry. He holds a JD from Yale Law School, and a BA from Williams College.
Jason Kipnis, Board Treasurer
Jason Kipnis, BAVC's Board Treasurer, is a partner at Palo Alto law firm WilmerHale, who focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters. Previously, he managed the Intellectual Property (IP) Counseling practice in the Silicon Valley Office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and has extensive experience in patent portfolio management, IP litigation and pre-litigation counseling, IP due diligence, and IP transactions. Jason is also a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters at professional and academic conferences. In addition, he has been selected by the IAM250 as one of the world’s leading IP strategists. Jason holds a JD from Stanford Law School, and an SB and SM from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Angela Jones is currently a Program Specialist with Northern California Grantmakers, responsible for developing skill-building workshops to enhance the effectiveness of grantmaking professionals and formerly worked at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation its Conflict Resolution Program. She holds a BA from the University of California-Berkeley and is pursuing an MBA in Finance and Marketing at Mills College in Oakland. Angela also serves on the advisory board for Chicken & Egg Pictures, a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they are exploring on film.
Katy Johnson, a 17-year financial services industry veteran, is Wells Fargo’s Community Development Officer serving the City and County of San Francisco. She is responsible for building and strengthening Wells Fargo’s relationship with low-to-moderate income communities by collaborating with San Francisco nonprofits, community leaders and government officials. Katy’s primary focus areas are small businesses, workforce development, affordable housing and financial literacy. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Katy’s focus was human resources and organizational development including recruiting for banking and financial institutions such as Charles Schwab, Mellon Capital Management and Deloitte. Katy is actively involved in the community as she serves on the Board of Directors of Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), the San Francisco Small Business Week Executive Committee and on Working Solutions’ Microloan Committee. Katy graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior.
Dawn Valadez has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years as a social worker, media maker, trainer, public art creator, consultant and fundraiser. Dawn produced and co-directed the award-winning documentary GOING ON 13 with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. Dawn also co-authored the 38-page study guide that accompanies the film and has led youth and adult dialogues on the issues the film raises. Dawn was a 2012 MediaMaker Fellow at BAVC, during which time she workshopped her new work-in-progress, TURN IT AROUND, and related cross-platform project. Dawn, who has a master’s degree in social welfare, is also the co-founder of the Bay Area AmeriCorps program BAYAC, has developed curriculum to honor Cesar Chavez and created public art with youth from across Alameda County.
Edgardo Cervano-Soto is a filmmaker and multimedia journalist from Richmond, CA. As an artist, Edgardo is committed to expanding the presence of immigrant, queer youth of color and first generation families in film. His local journalistic work focuses on Richmond’s emerging youth arts culture, the LGBTQ community, education and immigration. Edgardo is a regular contributor to the Richmond Pulse and New America Media. Edgardo’s short films have screened at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Intersection for the Arts, and Stanford University’s Cantor Center for Visual Arts. Edgardo was a teen participant in BAVC’s Digital Pathways program in which he made several films including TENT CITY, and is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Urban Planning and minor in film.
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