• What We Do

    Building and nurturing the greatest untapped talent pool of creatives in the world

    Mission:

    We connect historically underrepresented and underserved populations to career opportunities and resources in the creative industries (media, film, entertainment, and advertising).

    Vision

    We work to bring about a future where the leadership diversity of the creative industries is at equitable scale, and there is no pay or representational gap. Our programs aim to fuel economic development locally while connecting people globally and purposefully through knowledge and resource sharing.

  • Why We Do This

    Numbers Fluctuate Year-by-Year and Show No Consistent Improvement

    People of color buy 46% of movie tickets, but 85% of movie directors are white men.

    Source: DGA’s inaugural Feature Film Diversity Report and

    Source: "2016 Hollywood Diversity Report", Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

    Numerous studies have shown that diverse teams perform, innovate, and make decisions better than homogenous
    teams.

  • Who We Are

    Dedicated, Passionate, Creatives

    Arabella DeLucco

    CEO of WEXL.org

    For over 17 years, Arabella has worked in media and technology as a journalist, producer, and community strategist. An early-adopter and innovator, Arabella started a webcasting company in 2007 that grew to serve organizations like DoSomething.org and The Women's Conference, then led by Maria Shriver. An integrative creator, Arabella practices prolific art-making across multiple disciplines including film and media making, oil painting, and comedic and dramatic performance. Arabella has a bachelor's in political science and English from Rutgers University and is currently taking cinema and painting classes at City College of San Francisco.

    Khepera Batties

    Co-founder and Production

    Khepera is a visual storyteller with over 15 years of experience in print, web content creation, television production and film directing. He began his career in Washington working with the late Tim Russert at "Meet The Press" for several years before moving on to "30 Rock" and producing for Ann Curry at "The Today Show." The past 7 years have brought a transition into the film and commercial world balancing content creation for local Bay Area organizations and startups with directing and producing for larger national entities. His approach to storytelling is rooted in digging deeper than what initially meets the eye and exploring overlooked aspects of a story. Khepera has a bachelor's in journalism from Rutgers University and has completed graduate coursework in film from the Academy of Art.

    Kirsten Spalding

    Program Manager

    Kirsten is a screenwriter and actress based in the Bay Area. She has worked for numerous film projects including the 2013 Sundance movie, The Lifeguard, and the 2014 Oscar nominated film, Foxcatcher. A former student of the public school system, Kirsten understands the value and influence the arts can have on students. After college, she found a position as a long term substitute teacher of film studies and production at Park City High School. Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Society/ English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

    David Jacobson

    Marketing and Communications Consultant

    David runs Inkflow Communications and provides WEXL with marketing, communications and content counsel. His experience includes journalism, creative writing, content strategy, non-profit marketing, and coaching youth sports—all blended into service of causes that support socio-economic diversity and youth development. His work with WEXL is a natural culmination of his ongoing service to such organizations as Fit Kids, Positive Coaching Alliance, Sojourn to the Past, The 82 Project, The Memo, and Wolfpack Ninjas. David’s path stems from learning the power of diversity during the pick-up basketball games of his youth in Chicago and Milwaukee, his college years at the University of Minnesota, and the present day.

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