BAVC Director Team

Carol Varney, Executive Director

As Executive Director of BAVC, Carol provides leadership and vision to the organization, oversees all program areas, fundraising and development activities, and participates on review panels for Media Maker Fellow Awards, as well as award and grants panels nationally. Before her role as Executive Director, Carol served as BAVC's Managing Director from 2010-2012 and before that as BAVC’s Director of Development, beginning in 2008. During Carol’s tenure at BAVC the organization received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI), was given the position of San Francisco’s first-ever Tech Sector Coordinator, received support from the Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities, among many others, and partnered successfully with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), KQED and California Academy of Sciences to plan a teen learning lab at SFPL. Before joining BAVC, Carol worked for many years in advancement activities for cultural organizations such as Stanford Lively Arts, Maine College of Art and the Portland Museum of Art. Carol was also very involved in the HIV/AIDS activist movement, serving on the board of the Bay Area Chapter of the NAMES Project, as a development officer for the policy and education organization Project Inform, and as an institutional grants manager at the Hesperian Foundation, where she fundraised for international HIV/AIDS publications. Carol currently serves on the Advisory Board of SPACE Gallery. She is a past Executive Committee Board member of SPACE Gallery, the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Project Inform, and also served on the board of San Francisco Cinematheque and Camden International Film Festival. Carol holds a degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Hampshire College.

Mindy Aronoff, Director of Training

Mindy leads the team that provides all adult training and technology education to digital media professionals, educators, artists and mediamakers, independent producers, dislocated workers and job seekers. The scope of this department includes over 600 classes annually, as well as custom classes, and the California state-funded Employment Training Panel contract. Previously the Director of Business Development, she forged partnerships with corporations and government for BAVC, strategized marketing and public relations efforts and planned for product development. Mindy also served as Director of Creative & Media Services at BAVC, was instrumental in overseeing the successful co-production of Spark with KQED, institutionalized BAVC's preservation program, created scores of video executive productions for California nonprofits and managed BAVC's suite rental and postproduction services. She came to BAVC in 1999 as Industry Outreach Coordinator to jumpstart the ETP program for BAVC and holds a B.A. in Design from UCLA. 

Ingrid Hu-Dahl, Director of Next Gen Programs

Ingrid directs all Next Generation (youth) programs at BAVC. Formerly a program officer of youth media and editor-in-chief of Youth Media Reporter at the Academy for Educational Development, Ingrid has extensive knowledge of the youth media field as an intermediary, leading a National Youth Media Summit in 2009 and the GFEM Investing in Youth Media funder briefing. For the past three years she served as a Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technical Education grant Bridging Low-Income Minority Youth to STEM Careers. She also has a history of working with youth on the ground, launching a middle grade "Youth Create Media Project" throughout the boroughs in New York City and Newark, NJ; and she is a founding member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (Brooklyn, NY) where she taught girls expression/empowerment through music and collaboration. Dahl lectures nationally and internationally on youth media, gender and music, and social change. She has also taught courses at Rutgers University on imagery and culture, media and pop culture, as well as created her own course on Riot Grrrl and public speaking at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. A musician for over 12 years, lngrid has toured nationally. Ingrid is a board member of Global Action Project and Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, serves as an advisor to LAMP NYC, Institute for Women’s Leadership Media Advisory Group, and is affiliated with The Op-Ed Project. She serves on the steering committee of HIVE Bay Area and the Bay Area Youth Media Network.

Sam Long, Director of Technology

Sam is a technology professional with ten years of experience in community-based media and strategic web development. As Director of Technology at BAVC, Sam oversees the Preservation Department, ensures that all adult and youth program students receive access to cutting edge, industry-standard education, and provides guidance for San Francisco's community television station, SF Commons. Previously, Sam was the Director of Technology & Digital Media at the Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM), where he oversaw the launch of both CMCM’s new media facility and Marin TV, while developing CMCM’s website and overall marketing and outreach strategy. Long has also served as Senior Program Manager at ITV London and as Programming Manager at Access San Francisco. In all his work, Sam advocates for technology that supports diverse communities.

Jason Jakaitis, Director of Independent Media

As Director of Independent Media, Jason oversees programs that support the efforts of a diverse range of Bay Area storytellers, including SF Commons Public Access Television producers, social-issue documentary filmmakers and emerging industry professionals. Previously Jason managed The Factory, BAVC’s advanced youth filmmaking program, producing social-justice films with low-income and at-risk teens. In the five years he oversaw the program, Factory filmmakers won more than 40 national film festival awards. He also continues to oversee BAVC Productions, BAVC’s fee-for-service video production unit. Jason received an MFA from San Francisco State University’s Cinema Department and an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Communications department. He lectures at San Francisco State University and the College of San Mateo, teaching film criticism and non-fiction filmmaking. His own documentary work examines the interpersonal ramifications of disability, illness, and suffering. Jason has a precocious daughter named Phoebe and two rabbits, Lily and Butter.