Staff

 

Reed Davaz McGowan  |  Executive Director

Reed joined Out of Site Youth Arts Center as the Executive Director in 2013. At age 17, she experienced her defining moment as an arts administrator, realizing her role in presenting the arts to young audiences. Since then, her career and education have focused on youth leadership development in the arts and making the arts more accessible to community. Reed has participated in National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) and was a 2010 fellow in Bryn Mawr’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI). She received her Master of Arts degree in Community Arts Administration from the University of Oregon in 2007, earning the Walton Research Scholarship for her research on youth involvement in arts administration. In 2002, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Oregon. Her experience includes time in Philadelphia as the Executive Director of Norris Square Neighborhood Project, a youth-driven community organization that explores Latino culture through the arts and gardening. Reed and her husband, Nat, have recently relocated to the Bay Area  with their dog Pork Chop and two cats. In addition, she enjoys her graphic design work and newly found joy in sculpting small animals out of clay. Reed is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Contact: reed@outofsite-sf.org

 

Raffaella Falchi  |  Director of Programs

Raffaella teaches architecture and dance, has been the program manager, and is now the Program Director at Out of Site. She received a Master of Architecture from California College of the Arts (CCA), and first came to Out of Site as a Community Student Fellow from the Center of Art and Public Life at CCA. She received her B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Art from UC Berkeley. She has taught in the Cornerstone Architectural Program in Oakland working with youth out of Juvenile Hall. In the summer 2007, she received a fellowship from CCA and worked with the favela community of Manguinhos in Rio de Janeiro under the Brazilian architect Jorge Mario Jauregui  and his Favela/Barrio project. She is the Artistic Director and founder of Sambaxé Dance Company which offers dance classes, performances and costume design. Her samba class was also awarded Best of the Bay 2004. She speaks Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

 Contact: raffaella@outofsite-sf.org

 

Amy Díaz-Infante  |  Director of Development & Communications

A native of Salinas, California, Amy is a printmaker and visual artist. She received her BA in Art, with a concentration in Printmaking from  Yale University, and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She also received a collegiate teaching certificate from Brown University. Amy has taught at RISD and with Opera Piccola (in Oakland), where she also worked as an after school program coordinator. Before graduated school, Amy spent time volunteering and silkscreening at the Mission Gráfica of the Mission Cultural Center. Amy exhibits her work locally and nation-wide. She was awarded a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in the Spring of 2010, and will be a resident artist at the Luggage Store Gallery Annex this Fall. Amy is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Contact: amy@outofsite-sf.org

 

Alysha English  |  Program Associate

Alysha English is a Performing Arts Administrator and Educator with a deep love
for exposing youth to all art forms, especially Theatre. She is a proud alumni of Howard University in Washington D.C. with a BFA In Theatre Education, where
she graduated with Honors. She has worked with various Arts Organizations
throughout the country as a teacher, including her start at Young Playwrights’
Theater and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She worked as a Theatre Arts
Department Chair for the New York City Department of Education for several years
before returning to California. She is actively involved with the theatre community
in the San Francisco Bay Area and most recently worked with Magic Theatre as the
Patron Services Manager. When she’s not busy teaching or performing, she loves to
travel, write, cook, and spend time with her family in the Bay Area.

Contact: alysha@outofsite-sf.org