Advisory Board Initiated 2012


Chelsea Rae Klein

Chelsea Rae Klein is a queer multidisciplinary arts professional committed to leveraging the arts to activate and transform insufficient expectations of identity, cultural and social politics. In the past decade, Chelsea's projects have spanned arenas of artistic citizenship including production, education, administration, organizing, interactive web design, curation and publication. Most recently, her video, photography and installation works have exhibited at Kimmel Gallery (MayDay!, NYC, 2012) and Aperture Gallery (What Matters Now, NYC, 2011). Chelsea is currently developing The Among Dreams Project, a body of work born from her ongoing project Among Dreams: A (non)singular portrait of LGBT servicemembers and veterans. Chelsea holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and a B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis on Photojournalism from SFSU.

Chelsea's Website

Chrissy Anderson Zavala

Chrissy Anderson-Zavala is a Xicana writer and educator from Salinas, California. She studied and taught poetry in June Jordan's Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley, where she graduated with a dual degree in English Literature and Peace and Conflict Studies. She received her M.A. in Education from Stanford University and was a recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission's 2008 and 2010 Cultural Equity Individual Artist grants. She worked with WritersCorps and the Performing Arts Workshop as a teaching artist and teacher coach for several years. She recently transitioned from being the Deputy Director of Streetside Stories, a youth arts education non-profit in San Francisco, to pursuing her PhD in Education at UC Santa Cruz.

Gregory Bartlett

Gregory Bartlett is a photographer and constructor who co-directed The Spare Room Project (San Francisco, CA 2008-2011) an alternative gallery space that helped emerging artists fulfill both physical projects and curatorial ideas in a space not traditionally used for exhibition and education. Bartlett has worked with Descry Arts Projects in a variety of capacities including, magazine distribution support, as a featured artist, and as a co-curator of We Dream in the Daytime Too. Bartlett holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art with an emphasis on sculpture/ photography.

Greg's Website

Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson is an artist, gardener, and activist based in San Francisco. She is the founder and director of the community harvest project, Produce to the People. Lauren co-founded and co-directed the underground art project space, The Spare Room Project, from 2007 until it's close in 2011.

Produce to the People

Shannon Portrello

Bio coming soon!

Stephanie Mardell

Stephanie Mardell is passionate about connecting people with other people, opportunities, interests, places and collaborations. She has been involved with Descry since 2009 serving as a fierce supporter and advocate as well as an advisor and sounding board to the Executive Director. For the past 7 years, Stephanie has dedicated her free time supporting and assisting local, underserved non-profits with fundraising and programming including the 2011 30K Save the Dyke March Campaign and raised 9K for the 2012 Avon Breast Cancer Walk. By day, she is a Recruiting Manager at Sage Consulting Firm where she connects great people with great opportunities at top companies and nonprofits throughout the Bay Area.