About Us

WeXL (pronounced “we excel”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to empower storytellers, engineers, and artists from underserved communities to excel as a creative workforce in the global economy. We do this by connecting them to mentors, and together, they apply creativity and innovation to building a more just and prosperous world. Together We eXceL.

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We embolden diverse voices

 
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We Encourage courageous veracity

 
 
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We Empower an emerging creative workforce

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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.
— Source: Ernest & Young, UNESCO, CISAC
 
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Arabella DeLucco (Founder and CEO)

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.


Khepera Batties (Board Member)

Khepera is a visual storyteller with over 17 years of experience in print, web content creation, television production and film directing. He began his career in Washington D.C. 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.

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David Jacobson (Marketing 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.


Kristi Gocki (Producer and Data Analyst)

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.

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Antonio Garro (ECM Storyteller)

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.