WeXL (pronounced “we excel”) is a nonprofit social enterprise with a unique cross-sector approach to economic empowerment that also addresses the diversity and inclusion and workforce development needs of companies and organizations.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, supporters can give tax-deductible donations to WeXL. As a social enterprise, partners can hire us for storytelling services that give work to our community of professional and emerging creatives.
Our mission is to connect an emerging creative workforce from historically marginalized populations to mentorship, resources, and career opportunities so that they may excel as purposeful influencers and global leaders.
Together We eXceL through creative collaborations that nurture and strengthen inclusive workforces. Our vision is to utilize creativity, technology, and community to bring social value and spread economic empowerment worldwide.
We embolden diverse voices
We Encourage courageous veracity
We Empower inclusive workforces
Opportunity In Numbers
“Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 32% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.”
— Source: Diversity Matters by McKinsey
“Demographic shifts—toward both a more racially diverse younger electorate and a larger older electorate—will affect how political candidates and parties appeal to voters.”
— Source: America’s Electoral Future by AmericanProgress.org
“The creative industries contribute $2.25 Trillion to the global economy.”
Arabella’s professional experience encompasses over 17 years in media and technology as a journalist, producer, and community strategist. She has interviewed over a hundred visionaries including entrepreneur Richard Branson and music artist apl.de.ap. An entrepreneur herself and early-adopter of media technology, Arabella started a webcasting company in 2007 that grew to serve organizations like DoSomething.org, The Hands-On Network, and The Women's Conference, then led by Maria Shriver. Arabella believes in practicing consistent art-making and enjoys oil painting and acting. Arabella has a bachelor's in political science and English from Rutgers University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Michael.
Although a full-time student at San Francisco State University, Antonio Garro finds the time to work within his field of filmmaking and creative storytelling. At age of 18, he established himself as an author with his self-published novel “Spectrum of a Daydream.” Currently, his work is freelance, jumping from project to project seeking his niche in the film industry but will always be a writer, first and foremost. As WeXL's lead editor and director, he has paved the creative direction of WeXL's shows “REPRESENT” and “We Create.” He finds that there is always a story to tell and there is always opportunity to build upon our creative endeavors.
Kristi started off working at Lucasfilm as a web designer and content developer for Star Wars and Indiana Jones. From there, she has produced for film and television, commercials, games and content web series for over 10 years. Also a freelance 3D and charcoal artist, she understands the passion for creative storytelling and enjoys writing screenplays and novels. Kristi has completed a business degree and completed MFA coursework in 3D Animation and Visual Effects.
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.
Vijay Sridharan is a Filmmaker and Musician, originally from India who has since moved to the United States to pursue filmmaking. He believes in telling stories with a touch of humor and a lot of heart.
He is also the Actor/Writer/Director of the short ‘Peacock’ which is now being made into a Web Series. Peacock is a mockumentary about a Indian gangster who lives in Fremont, California. Made by a diverse cast and crew, Peacock is ultimately a statement about inclusion, the immigrant experience and a whimsical take on the American dream.
Belgica Rodriguez is one of our REPRESENT co-hosts. She an actress and YouTuber who studied theatre in Northern California. She is now transitioning to the Los Angeles market. If you are interested in acting, reach out to her and check out her YouTube channel as she shares all the resources she has used in order to get her career started in the Bay Area and will be sharing her experience in LA.
Gabriella is a multimedia journalist based in the Bay Area . She earned her Bachelors of Science in Integrative Health Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2016. After graduation and an honest try at graduate degree work and research ,she decided to follow her heart and chase her childhood dream of becoming a journalist. Her dream is now her reality! She moved to San Francisco two years ago as she began work as a reporting intern for KRON- TV San Francisco and is now currently an on-air reporter and correspondent. Gabriella is also currently filming projects with an investigative approach in hopes of changing our divided social and political climate by truthfully telling the stories of others and giving a voice to the voiceless! Her natural ability to connect with others and share their stories authentically with care, empathy, and intention is what makes her an invaluable storyteller.