BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cassandra Falby

Cassandra Falby, MS, LMFT
Psychotherapist, Performance Artist, Filmmaker-Director The Texture of Honesty
West Indian American Genderqueer Femme

Cassandra Falby is a West Indian American genderqueer femme from the Midwest who now calls the Bay Area home. Her commitment to community health and liberation can be seen in her work as a performance artist, as the Program Director at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, and as one of the founding members of the Femme Collective. Cassandra has a small private psychotherapy practice in Oakland where she sees individuals and couples. She was a member of QWOCMAP’s very first filmmaking cohort and has been a proud supporter of QWOCMAP for many years.
Alisha Diego Klatt

Alisha Diego Klatt, MAEd
e-Learning Extraordinaire, Filmmaker-Director Global Mixing
Queer, Mixed woman

Raised in Davis and San Diego, Alisha draws upon her California roots and Filipina, German, Mexican, and Irish working-class heritage to tell intersectional stories in film and other media. She is an alumna of QWOCMAP’s introductory filmmaker program. Short films that she wrote and/or directed have screened at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, Frameline, and CAAMFest. Professionally, Alisha works as an instructional designer, trainer, and e-Learning developer. She helped develop QWOCMAP University, an online video production course that supports QWOCMAP’s filmmaker program, and currently develops safety training for universities.  
Raquel Lopez

Raquel López, JD
Community Builder, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker-Director Un Buen DiaMarco Territorio
Puerto Rican lesbian

Born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, she holds a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Smith College, and a law degree from The University of San Francisco. She currently uses her law degree to fight against domestic violence and dismantle patriarchy. In 2017, she founded Por Una Causa, a non-profit organization committed to advancing social justice through innovative fundraisers that directly benefit organizations serving high-risk populations in Puerto Rico, the Bay Area, and beyond. Though she loves living in wonderful Bay Area, Raquel misses her home and her family every day.
Leisette Rodriguez, JD

Leisette Rodriguez, JD
Immigration Attorney, Photographer, Filmmaker
Two Spirit Apache Chicana Stud

She uses her law degree and her passion for justice to represent undocumented children before U.S. Immigration court. She is a proud alumna of QWOCMAP’s introductory and intermediate screenwriters workshops and director workshop. In the last 20 years, she has worked with award-winning independent filmmakers and artists as a photographer, script supervisor and assistant director.
Lynn Sugihara

Lynn Sugihara
California State Registered Dental Hygienist, Filmmaker-Director, Jasmine’s Jubilee
Queer Japanese/Chinese American woman

With 37 years in the dental field, she is also a long-time community activist who has volunteered for APIQWTC, Asian Women’s Shelter, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. She is a 3rd generation Asian American, born in Berkeley, raised in Richmond.

ADVISORY BOARD

Aarin Burch
Independent Filmmaker, AARIN BURCH PRODUCTIONS
Director, The Art of Laurel Burch; My People Are… Youth Pride in Mixed Heritage; Michigan Fever; Reflections Unseen 
Cheryl Dunye
Independent Filmmaker
Director, Black is Blue; My Baby’s Daddy; Watermelon Woman; Stranger Inside; She Don’t Fade; DiAna’s Hair Ego Remix; Brother From Another Time; Valencia; Mommy Is Coming; Greetings From Africa; The Potluck and the Passion; TV: Queen Sugar (OWN), Claws (TNT), The Fosters (Freeform), Dear White People (Netflix), Star (FOX), Love Is (OWN),
Mary Guzmán
Independent Filmmaker, ONE OF 9 CUBANITOS FILMS
Director, Do The Math; Mind If I Call You Sir?; Desi’s Looking For A New Girl
Pratibha Parmar
Independent Filmmaker, KALI FILMS
Director, American Masters: Alice Walker; Nina’s Heavenly Delights; Warrior Marks; Khush; Double The Trouble, Twice The Fun 
Jennifer Phang
Independent Filmmaker, AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ALUMNI
Director, Advantageous; Half Life; Target Audience 9.1; Love Limited; TV: The Boys (Amazon), The Expanse (Amazon/SYFY), Cloak & Dagger (Freeform), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), Quantico (ABC), Riverdale (CW), Major Crimes (TNT), The Exorcist (FOX), Future States (PBS)
Desi del Valle
Independent Filmmaker, Actor, Media Consultant
Director, Cruel, Back to Life Actor; Desi’s Looking for a New Girl; Costa Brava; Mod-Fuck Explosion; Some Prefer Cake; Drift 
Yvonne Welbon
Independent Filmmaker, AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ALUMNI
Former Chair, Journalism and Media Studies Department, Bennett College for Women
Director, Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100; Sisters in Cinema; The Taste of Dirt; Remembering Wei Yi Fang, Remembering Myself; Sisters in the Life: First Love; Missing Relations; The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash; Monique 

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