Jimi Evins is an Artist, Art Educator, and Cultural Arts Activist. Jimi has been Art Director for many years in the Oakland community. As a graduate of CCA (California College of the Arts), Evins has worked with many arts organizations to bring quality art programming to Oakland, and especially East Oakland. Evins was lead Artist for the initial “100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change” project in 2005. Jimi has exhibited at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA., San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, the Sargent Johnson Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Oliver Hyde Gallery, the Richmond Art Center, Slate Contemporary Gallery, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Gallery 555, and the Solano Gallery, among others. He has received awards from the Ebony Museum of Arts, Inc. for Artistic Excellence and Pioneering Spirit in the Preservation of African Heritage, the Community Arts & Education Award from the California College of the Arts, the Jan-Schuyers Artistic Achievement Award from the Richmond Art Center and The Art of Living Black, and honored by the EOYDC for dedicated service as a Champion for Youth. In 2010 he received the Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.
According to Jimi, “Art making has been my passion since I was a child. I am at YSA to help bring a sense of creative possibilities to Youth Spirit participants. I want to improve & instill in youth a sense that they can create, in art, and in their lives, whatever they can imagine. Introducing to youth new methods and materials in the art making process is another of my goals at YSA.”
Jimi’s art has been influenced by his travels to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
Editor in Chief of Street Spirit
Alastair Boone joined YSA in July 2018 as the Editor in Chief of Street Spirit, the San Francisco East Bay homeless newspaper. As Editor, she assigns and edits the stories in the paper, builds relationships with writers and vendors, and keeps her finger on the pulse of homelessness issues in the Bay Area and beyond. Boone was born in San Francisco, and earned a BA from UC Berkeley in 2016. Previously, she worked for CityLab, The Atlantic‘s website on urbanism and city life. Her writing has also appeared in California magazine and The Daily Californian. At Street Spirit, she is looking forward to combining her passion for social justice with her love for journalism, and elevating homeless voices in the media.
Sally Hindman has thirty years of management and other experience working with non-profit organizations serving homeless people. She previously directed Berkeley California’s interfaith Chaplaincy to the Homeless and set up its Telegraph Avenue drop in center for homeless youth. Sally is the co-founder of Street Spirit, the San Francisco East Bay homeless newspaper. Sally received her M.A. in Theology and Art and her M. Div. from Pacific School of Religion. She holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources (Environmental Conservation) from Cornell University. Sally is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate Theological Union Center for Art, Religion, and Education and Starr King School for the Ministry teaching “Liberation Art.” In 1998 she received KPFA radio’s Alice Hamburg Community Service Award for her outstanding leadership in serving homeless people in the East Bay. Sally has been a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1984 and is a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting.
You can reach Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery and Events Coordinator
Albie Cartagenes is an Art Practice and Art History student in their third year at UC Berkeley! As Gallery and Events Coordinator, Albie supports YSA’s Adeline storefront and gallery space, coordinates youth poetry events, and works with the team to plan curriculum for YSA’s job training program. Albie formerly worked at the San Diego Art Institute as a Gallery Educator and Art Handler. Albie is passionate about arts, community, and finding ways to bring diversity and inclusion into everyday life. They hope to one day own their own gallery and work as a curator.
You can reach Albie at email@example.com
Jilly de la Torre
Tiny House Project Coordinator
Jilly de la Torre joined Youth Spirit Artworks as an intern in the summer of 2019, and is now back after graduating from Reed College in 2020 with a BA in English. Jilly is an aspiring social worker, and is hoping to attend a graduate program next fall for a Master’s in Social Work. As YSA’s Tiny House Project Coordinator, Jilly looks after community organizing and logistical development for the Tiny House Village, in community with our interfaith partner congregations and broad team of volunteer contractors, architects, and working group members. For years, Jilly has been involved in hands-on work in her communities, practicing trauma-informed advocacy and direct service work with underserved groups experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, worker exploitation, and other challenges throughout Portland and the Bay Area. Jilly is now thrilled to be back in the East Bay, her home, and in her free time enjoys working out, hiking, and cooking bomb Mexican food.
Tiny House Social Worker
Shy Alderman joined YSA in September 2020 as the Social Worker for the residents of the new Tiny House Youth Village. Shy was born and raised in Oakland and Berkeley, and is passionate about supporting youth in the community she grew up in. Shy has extensive history working with houseless communities, specifically as a housing coordinator, intensive case manager, and crisis residential mental health treatment counselor. As the new social worker for the Tiny House Youth Village, Shy will be providing case management support to help youth locate and apply for permanent housing, connect to social services, social security, health insurance, mental health services, establish regular medical care, and connect with local resources to enrich their daily experience. Shy is excited to join the YSA team, and to support our youth in creating a stable, functional, and fulfilling foundation to build their futures around.
Cristiane Dias’ creative work elevates voices that deserve to be heard, into spaces where they make a difference. Design, communications and advertising are her tools for bringing environmental and cultural preservation projects from her native Brazil to the world. After falling in love with painting as a teenager, Cristiane began her career promoting Brazil’s ancient cave paintings. Rupestra, her tableware ceramics collection, created national awareness of this heritage while supporting rural manufacturing jobs. She developed Rupestra during her Masters at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Homeware retailer Tok & Stok distributed Rupestra nationally for 13 years (2003-2016), adding her second tableware collection, the Koripó Line in 2009. She published the book “Rupestra 10+ [Cave Painting and Design in Serra da Capivara]” in 2014, edited by the federal cultural agency Senac.
After her MA, Cristiane built Raruti Comunicação e Design, a company providing art direction, ceramics, graphic design and visual communications. Raruti means “root” in the language of the Karajá, a Brazilian native community language. Cristiane’s company supports the cultural roots of Brazil’s underserved communities by promoting festivals and publications of dance, theater, film, and more.
In 2010 the Brazilian Association of Art Critics awarded her team an annual prize for its collection of books on historical heritage.
In 2016 she and Flavia Amadeu launched the Seringueira ceramics line, receiving honorable mention in the competition of the prestigious non-governmental Museum A Casa.
In 2017, Cristiane launched the Rustic ceramic line, produced by rural crafts workers, at the trade fair Equipotel.
She co-created the social welfare program Bastidores da Cultura in 2018, facilitating creative careers for court-adjudicated youth 13-19. The project builds youths’ confidence and professional connections to produce art, music, dance and more.
Eric Campos is a junior at UC Berkeley studying Sociology and Education. He grew up in the Bay Area and is very passionate about helping and empowering youth so that they can reach their full potentials. Growing up as the son of two immigrants who had to put their dreams on hold for their family, Eric struggled a lot and realized that he wanted to help those who face similar situations. After graduating from UC Berkeley Eric wants to be an academic counselor in order to guide underrepresented youth on their educational journey. Currently he is an intern at YSA. As an intern, Eric strategizes and executes outreach, helps with youth retention, and supports the youth with their ongoing projects.
Board of Directors
Lila Blanchard, Secretary
Richmond Site Manager, Rubicon Programs Inc.
Jasmine Braxton, Co-Secretary
Corporate Counsel, Hearsay Social, Inc.
Financial Manager/Consultant, MODIS
Jordan Foster, Youth Representative
Former YSA Leader, Student, Berkeley City College
Reginald Gentry, Youth Representative
YSA Social Media Leader
Jonathann Giammarco, Treasurer
Inspection Specialist, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Jackson Hardamon, Youth Representative, President
Senior Service Aide, So. Berkeley Senior Center
Roger Kiel, President
Doctoral Candidate, School of Education, Aspen University
Allen Ratliff, MSW, LCSW
Doctoral Candidate, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
John Shannon, CPA
Audit Manager, KPMG LLP