CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust

Staff

 Tyese Wortham

Project Manager

Tyese is thrilled to join Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) in serving artists and arts organizations through real estate development. She brings extensive nonprofit administration experience to her role, spanning education, family literacy, youth development, and the arts. Prior to CAST, Tyese honed her social justice lens as a grantmaker in Cultural Equity Grants at the San Francisco Arts Commission, and as a presenter and producer of culture-specific artist populations with the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. A 2014 Emerging Arts Professionals MADE award recipient, Tyese has been recognized for her expertise as a panelist, consultant, facilitator, and advisor for various Bay Area arts organizations, including Silicon Valley Creates (formerly Arts Council Silicon Valley), Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Black Choreographers Festival, and the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. As a passionate and community-based grantmaker, administrator, artist, and teacher, Tyese creates life balance by nourishing her physical, mental, and spiritual health through dance, yoga, and meditation. Contact Tyese at twortham@cast-sf.org.

 

Suneetha Venigalla

Director of Real Estate Development & Partnership

Suneetha Venigalla brings over a decade of experience in real estate and finance to CAST, having previously worked at various financial services and retail companies, including BlackRock, Gap, Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (Bank of America), and Morgan Stanley. She has managed real estate portfolios of over two million square feet globally, comprised of primarily commercial and retail assets. She has extensive experience in real estate transaction management, project management, financial analysis, as well as developing and implementing real estate strategies and process improvements. Suneetha has previously served on the board of the Alameda Point Collaborative, through the Board Fellows program at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. She is an enthusiast for performing and visual arts, in particular, theatre, live music, painting, and architecture. In her free time, Suneetha enjoys immersing herself in new and unique cultural and culinary experiences and exploring the wonders of nature through camping, hiking, and road biking. Contact Suneetha at svenigalla@cast-sf.org

 

Owen Levin

Director of Finance and Operations

Owen has more than seven years of nonprofit finance and operations experience as Administrative Director at the Jewish Film Institute, presenter of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the largest Jewish Film Festival in the world. While at JFI, Owen also worked closely with the board and management of the 9th Street Film Center, an innovative organization that provides offices and screening facilities to film nonprofits along a cooperative model. Before returning to Columbia University for his Master’s degree in Arts Administration, Owen had a ten-year career in the for-profit film business in New York, most recently as COO and Line Producer for Stick Figure Productions, overseeing the finance and production of documentary films including the HBO series “Family Bonds” and the film “loudQUIETloud” about the band Pixies. Originally from New Hampshire, Owen has grown to love the Bay Area and can often be found with his family taking in the cultural, natural and edible wonders so abundant here. Contact Owen at olevin@cast-sf.org

 

Moy Eng

Executive Director

Moy Eng leads Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), a new nonprofit social enterprise focused on creating affordable workspace for the arts in San Francisco. Launched in 2013, CAST has purchased and opened two arts buildings in central San Francisco, attracted exceptional support from philanthropic, private and public sectors, and been cited as a creative placekeeping model in publications by the World Cities Culture Forum, LISC and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Moy brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant, and senior executive in areas as diverse as arts and culture, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, she has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations with assets ranging from $100 million to $9 billion, making approximately $200 million in grants in the US and globally. Moy directed the arts program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the 2000’s. Among her achievements, she commissioned landmark research on the dynamics of the U.S. cultural ecosystem and the state of arts education in California, invested in efforts that helped secure $800 million in new arts education public funding for California public schools, and made grants to build more than 750,000 square feet in new, affordable performing arts space across the San Francisco Bay region.

Moy began her career in New York City in fundraising, working with both the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, attracting leadership support from American luminaries such as the late Reginald Lewis and Harry and Julie Belafonte.  Prior, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts at Rutgers University and Masters of Arts in Arts Administration at New York University.

Moy has been honored by the World Affairs Council as a social entrepreneur “who will shape our tomorrow”, the California Arts Council, and by the San Francisco Unified School District with its highest honor, Premier Dream Catcher.

Fortunate to live a daytime life in service of artists, when not leading CAST, she is a poet, vocalist and composer.  Known for her “powerful and soulful” voice, Moy collaborates principally as a lyricist with six-time Grammy nominated composer and arranger, Wayne Wallace, and they are working on a recording of their work.  And, most importantly, she is the mother of two singular young women. Contact Moy at meng@cast-sf.org.

 

Marlana Donehoo

Operations Manager

Marlana brings over 15 years of experience working in non-profit administration. Her career has spanned the sector from healthcare to botanical & cultural conservation, from childhood education to the performing arts. At the heart of her tool-kit are her problem-solving skills, untangling complex challenges to determine more viable solutions in database design, administrative processes and operations management. In her previous work, Marlana has been integral to the success of major non-profits like Susan G. Komen for the Cure SAZ, providing greater access to healthcare solutions for women in crisis. She has also been instrumental in the sustainability of community-based organizations, educating the public about native species, managing behind the scenes at a resident theater company, and wearing several hats at one of Oregon’s premier Montessori schools. Marlana enjoys spending her free time in the wilderness, photographing the world around her, eating food with friends and immersing herself in SF’s performing arts scene. Contact Marlana at mdonehoo@cast-sf.org.

 

Catherine Nguyen

Operations/Business Manager

Catherine brings a decade of experience working in non-profit administration, finance and operations. Central to Catherine’s career has been her focus on promoting equity and increasing access for under-represented communities. Previously at the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, she played a key role in providing workforce development services, connecting refugees with job training and employment opportunities in the Bay Area. Prior to that, Catherine served for six years as Gallery and Exhibitions Manager at Creative Growth Art Center, the world’s oldest and largest art center for adults with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. There, she helped advance the careers of internationally recognized self-taught artists Judith Scott and Dan Miller, stewarding acquisitions of their work to the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian. With a BFA degree in Studio Art and Journalism from New York University, Catherine established her niche working at alternative art spaces while overseeing the finances, operations, and development of White Columns in New York City. She balances her penchant for finance and streamlined database management with a diverse skill set in art curation, graphic design, and fine arts as a trained painter and printmaker. An East Bay native, Catherine indulges in exploring new cultures via travels, cuisines, or live music. If she isn’t plotting her next international road trip, she is likely podcast bingeing while making art at her Faultline studio. Contact Catherine at cnguyen@cast-sf.org.

 

Consultants


 

Kim Frentz Edmunds

Ventura Partners has decades of experience developing and managing nonprofit commercial properties. Drawing on its broad background in real estate development, the firm offers expertise in the financing, construction, renovation and conversion of retail, office and special use properties. Its ability to develop and implement unique management and tenant support structures has allowed Ventura Partners to successfully address the challenges of redevelopment projects and those catering to arts groups, nonprofits and small businesses. Its strategy focuses on long-term financial health based on a strong tenant mix, sustainable lease structures, and professional systems to control capital and operating budgets. Ventura Partners has brought its expertise to a number of projects for arts organizations and venues within the context of urban economic development. In addition to its work with CAST, Ventura Partners has been providing real estate development, leasing and operations consulting for the City of San Francisco’s work with Lennar Urban on the Hunters Point Shipyard Artists’ Studios and MACLA’s (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) acquisition and development of its facility for artists and creative entrepreneurs in downtown San Jose. Kim Frentz Edmonds is the Principal and Founder of Ventura Partners, which established its San Francisco office in 2003. Contact Ventura Partners at inquiry@venturapartners.com.

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