BAVC Career Panel

Event Date: 
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location - *NOTE LOCATION CHANGE* San Francisco Public Library: Koret Auditorium

Address - 100 Larkin Street, Lower Level - close to Civic Center BART

Date - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Time - 4:30pm-6:30pm

Panelists - representing the gaming, coding, web/graphic design, audio/music and video/film industries - will share their own unique career trajectory, highlights about the different ways of getting into the industry, and tips on what skills, experience, degrees/certificates the industry is seeking.

Activities - After a short Q&A, panelists break into groups for students to ask more in-depth questions. All of our panelists remark that this is a positive experience and a great way to give back to the next generation. BAVC's Next Gen program supports as many as 100 low-income, underrepresented young adults in the community ages 14-24.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jonathan Bach, Zynga: Jonathan Back is currently a Sr. Product manager for Zynga. Joining the company in 2010, he started working as a producer for Mafia Wars on Facebook before moving to the mobile group where he has launched and run product for several mobile games including CityVille Hometown, CityVille Holidaytown, ForestVille and Party Place. Prior to Zynga, Jonathan worked as both a producer and designer for Electronic Arts (making games for the web portal), Gazillion Entertainment, and Leapfrog Enterprises where he spent 7 years making origional educational games for kids as well as creating games for licensed properties including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Nancy Drew and Nickelodeon titles including Spongebob and Dora the Explorer. Jonathan began his career in audio post production as an engineer, sound designer and composer for recording studios servicing the bay area TV, Film and Advertising community working with clients like Skywalker Sound, the NBA, KRON-TV, Electronic Arts, and many local documentary filmmakers and advertising agencies. Jonathan grew up in Urbana, Illinois and attended Indiana University before moving to San Francisco after college.

Carrie Lozano is a Bay-Area based journalist and award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. Among other work, she produced the Academy-Award nominee "The Weather Underground" and co-founded the PBS MediaShift site Collaboration Central. She is currently director of operations at New Day Films and is producing and directing a documentary film about jazz pianist Fred Hersch.


Emma Dannin is the Senior Project Manager of Twilio voice. Previously, she was at Splunk for 6 years in charge of data visualization, core product user experience, new user onboarding and conversion, as well as the initial developer platforms, APIs and SDKs. Emma is a strong advocate for the end user, from architecture to design. Emma graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004 with degrees in Music and Cognitive Neuroscience. She started working in tech support in 2005 at Netopia and had a stint at grad school for Cognitive Science at UCSD in 2007, but decided she liked the tech world better. In her free time, Emma writes music -- a combination of trip hop and “shoe gaze” and enjoys seeing bands perform of all varieties. She also likes weird foreign films, anything from scary to well-crafted comedies.

Ryan Kleeman is an Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, and Instructor based in the San Francisco Bay area. Currently, Ryan is working as a recording / mixing / mastering engineer and sound designer at Overlap Studio, Studio Guapo, and Ghostcat Studios. Ryan is Faculty at The Art Institute of California-San Francisco teaching Audio Production courses as well as teaching Audio Post-Production courses at The Bay Area Video Coalition. Ryan has engineered and co-produced with Bay area Artists Christopher Willits, Silvia Nakkach, David Darling, Christopher Eickmann, Kadet Kuhne, Afrolicious, Lily Taylor, TropiCali, Future Twin, A.N.A Moth, and roma79. Kleeman received his MFA in Sound Design and Audio Engineering from The University of Missouri-Kansas City.

CB Smith-Dahl aka Ms. Smitty B is New Media Producer who has always put the community at the center of her work. In 1997, she founded Community Bridge Video, which produces participatory media and new media in partnership with nonprofits, researchers, and community-based organizations. She has an MFA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and a BA in Spanish and Education from Spelman College. CB has worked as a Field Producer and Camerawoman for Reel Hollywood and a Writer and Producer for National Enquirer TV. She was one of a team of camera operators on 900 Women and Angola Prison Rodeo, which was nominated for an Academy Award. CB began her career in media working as a Camera Assistant on music videos in Atlanta. After moving to Hollywood, she worked as a grip and electrician for 2 years. She is a graduate of the Panavision Internship program and was an Artist in Residence at the LA Skid Row Housing Trust. CB is also an Educator - her specialty is working with at-risk youth, using visual arts as a tool for intervention, reflection, and community building.

Judy Lee is the Senior Project Leader and Principle Product Designer at IDEO. She is passionate about using human-centered methodologies to bring compelling new offerings into the world, from design strategy and conceptual development through implementation. Her work has spanned a variety of industries and organizations, ranging from consumer packaged goods to medical products and from government agencies to small communities in Kenya. Her background combined with her experience in rapid prototyping and creative design exploration makes her versatile in both design thinking and multidisciplinary projects across private, social, and public sectors. Outside of IDEO, Judy is a co-host of a kids PBS series called Design Squad Nation. The show teaches kids how engineering can be a part of your everyday life. The show aired January, 2011. She continues to integrate her interests in education with community outreach around IDEO. Before joining IDEO, she worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Underwriters Laboratories designing and building automation equipment. Judy studied at North Carolina State University, where she earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Industrial Design. Her graduate research studies focused on children’s flexible, unpredictable play patterns and created transformative toys to stretch the imagination of a child. As a grad student, one of her designs was accepted for 2006 production by IKEA.