Meet Board Member Kendra Wong!

Kendra doing "batik" (traditional silk dying/painting) while living in Thailand last year.

Kendra doing “batik” (traditional silk dying/painting) while living in Thailand last year.

Every member of Performing Arts Workshop’s board of directors is simply amazing. Kendra Wong is no exception. She paints, dances, and has traveled all over the world for work. While balancing her jet-set job and board commitments, she’s planning her wedding and a two-month multi-destination honeymoon! (We weren’t kidding about our amazing members…)

Here are ten things you must know about Kendra:

1. Where did you grow up?
Hong Kong until age 6, then Hercules (East Bay Area).

2. What is your favorite art form?
Painting, Dance

3. What college did you attend and what did you study?
UC Berkeley, double major in Business Administration and Economics

4. Do you have a favorite quotation?
“Gam zeh ya’avor” (This too shall pass).

5. Any career highlights you’d like to share? What are you currently doing?
Tried my hand at tax accounting during college and discovered quickly that I need human interaction to thrive; so I joined consulting with Accenture upon graduation and have been here ever since (7 years)! So far, I have consulted for every major industry and in 8 states and 4 countries. Currently, I am staffed in sunny Irvine — my best commute to date!

6. If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would it be?
A bit of a cheat, but a 2 month long around-the-world trip! I’m currently planning it for my honeymoon next May 🙂

7. What inspired you to join the Workshop’s Board of Directors?
Growing up as an immigrant in the Bay Area, I did not get the exposure and engagement with the arts that I craved as a naturally creative and inquisitive individual. Had I had this exposure, I feel I would’ve been able to develop the self-confidence I now have, but much earlier on. I joined the Workshop to help ensure that future generations of Bay Area youth can have this exposure and reap the benefits.

8. What are your hobbies?
Acrylic painting, travel, DIY projects and crafts, trying & reviewing restaurants.

9. What do you like to do on the weekend/in your time off?
I like to take weekend trips when I can, but if at home, I enjoy running around San Francisco with my fiancé and taking advantage of all the festivals and events that this great city always has going on.

10. Do you have a favorite book?
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Join the Workshop’s Board of Directors!

BECOME A BOARD MEMBER AT PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP!

San Francisco-based nonprofit is looking for board members interested in promoting educational equity through the arts.

For almost 50 years, Performing Arts Workshop has helped youth develop learning skills through critical thinking-based arts education programs.

At Performing Arts Workshop, our teaching artists teach dance, theater, music and creative writing in the Bay Area’s most challenged schools.We work with over 6,000 students both in and after school to maximize the impact of arts learning on young people. Our history of programmatic excellence and metric measurement has resulted in a tangible positive impact on student learning outcomes, including greater academic achievement, attendance and classroom leadership.

Creativity and collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving are essential skills for every student in San Francisco.

If you believe in our mission, apply for our Board of Directors. Individuals with corporate, event planning, or fundraising acumen will add huge depth to our board.

Contact Jessica Mele, Executive Director, for more information at (415) 673-2634, Ext. 201 or e-mail jessica@performingartsworkshop.org.

Learn more: 

Discover Performing Arts Workshop in this video made for us by Giving Library. Learn about how we work to help young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.

> 2013 Student Showcase: Last May, our students performed on stage for their families, many for the first time. Check out their creative movement, Afro-Peruvian dance, capoeira, and spoken word performances!

> Virtual Classrooms: Step inside a pre-kindergarten class at Visitacion Valley Family Schoola hip hop dance class at the Tenderloin After-School Program, or a creative writing class at Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary. 

> 2011- 2014 Strategic Plan: Facilitated by Olive Grove Consulting and with generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, our Strategic Plan charts three priorities for the Workshop’s mission impact and security from 2011 – 2014.

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Meet our current board members here.

Board and Staff

Board and staff at the annual professional development workshop!

Board Members Carmen Milagro and Yashica Crawford

Board Members Carmen Milagro and Yashica Crawford

Gloria Unti, Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Board Member Annie McGeady

Board President Cyrus Wadia and Board Member Ashley Serra

Board President Cyrus Wadia and Board Member Ashley Serra