Co-founder & Executive Director
Sarah Williams is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Creative Work. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sarah returned to the city in 2006 to attend USC’s Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere M.A. program after receiving a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since then she has been producing projects, exhibitions, programs, events and publications with ForYourArt, WCCW, CLOSING, and the Art Book Review.
Mandy Harris Williams
Mandy Harris Williams is a theorist, multimedia conceptual artist, writer, educator, radio host and internet/community academic. She is from New York City and currently lives in Los Angeles. Mandy’s work seeks to get everybody the love that they deserve. She focuses on desirability privilege as a real and mythological market and political force. She graduated from Harvard, having studied the History of the African Diaspora, as well as the mass incarceration crisis, and other contemporary black issues. She received her MA in Urban Education and worked as a classroom teacher for 7 years in low income communities. She integrates a holistic and didactic style into her current creative practice. Her creative work has been presented at Paula Cooper Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Art + Practice, Navel, Knockdown Center and Women’s Center for Creative Work to name a few. She has a monthly radio show, the #BrownUpYourFeed Radio Hour, on NTS. She has contributed writing work to Dazed Magazine, MEL magazine, ForHarriet, and The Grio and is a frequent radio and podcast guest.
Em combines their interests in community building, intersectional feminism, and arts organizing as the Associate Director of WCCW. They oversee our membership, intern, & volunteer programs, coordinating fundraisers & development, and make sure everything at the space is running smoothly. Born & raised in Los Angeles, Em is dedicated to creating and sustaining queer & feminist creative communities in their hometown. They are also an active member of the Los Angeles Tenants Union, and are committed to anti-gentrification activism. Em holds a BA in Media Studies from Pitzer College.
Social Media Manager
Combining her interests of image making, fashion and creative collaboration, Salima spends her days as as a Freelance Art Director, Photographer, and Social Media Consultant. As our loyal Social Media Manager, Salima is a key member of our communications team, reaching out to those interested in the WCCW’s inclusive programming via social media, calendar and archive management. She is also the Event Manager, Social Media Consultant, and Store Photographer for Otherwild LA & NYC, the Social Media Manager at Pieter Performance Space, and the creator of Loud Laugh Magazine, an independent photo publication. Salima holds a BA in Illustration from Otis College of Design. She lives and works in her hometown of Los Angeles. Follow Salima’s adventures @salimasees
Communications & Marketing Director
Hana Ward is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California. She earned a B.A. in Education from Brown University in 2011 where she worked as a Graphic Designer for their Third World Center. She likes drawing and sculpting strange characters with things on their mind— endearing yet undeniably melancholic beings. Her work has been described as, “sometimes sad, sometimes funny but always intriguingly equivocal” by ArtNews. You can find some of Hana’s drawing on WCCW merch and print material. Hana is also the co-founder and creator of Uno+Ichi, a brand specializing in handmade ceramicware. She’s responsible for putting WCCW content on the web, including what you’re reading right now.
Lindsey Lee Eichenberger
Lindsey Lee Eichenberger is a writer, zine-maker and educator. She develops curriculum guides, writes lesson plans, produces youth programs, and is always looking for fresh new ways to disrupt the “teacher as authority” paradigm. Lindsey is currently an Education MA candidate at Cal State LA lives in Los Angeles, where she is from.
MJ Balvanera is a designer for The Women’s Center for Creative Work. From Mexico City, she graduated in Visual Communication from CENTRO (MX) and received an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Otis College of Art and Design in 2017. As a strong believer in the power of visual communication to create social change, MJ has focused part of her studies and work on her personal social and political passions such as feminism and immigration rights through concept driven design and social engagement. She aspires to collaborate with people who can teach her new ways of working, thinking and being. You can view some of her graphic design work here.
Demi Corso is a photographer, artist and educator based in Los Angeles. She tells genuine stories through film photography in a naturalistic style with a strong portrayal of women. She has been featured in Bricks, C-Heads and Cake Magazine. You can see her work here: (ig (instagram.com/demicorso) + (website (demi-corso.com) She has several years of experience teaching various arts to youth in LA through nonprofits. As our office manager, she’s responsible for making sure our workspace runs smoothly and that our members are taken care of.
Co-Conspirator Press Printer
Neko Natalia started at WCCW as the Programs and Press Getty MUI Summer intern. They are currently studying Art History at UCLA with a focus on the intersection of Art History and Postcolonial Studies and are writing their departmental honors thesis on the potential of the museum as a community space. They are also involved in UCLA’s Design and Media Department where they work in the Experimental Design Arts program and the department’s Print Lab where they fell in love with the Risograph. Aside from academics, Neko was also on the planning committee of the D|MA and Information Studies’ LA Art Book Fair booth. As the Programs and Press intern at WCCW, Neko assisted in actualizing programs and worked with Co-Conspirator Press, where they created a print position for themselves!
Communications & Storytelling Intern
Sai Tripathi is an interdisciplinary artist and writer pursuing a degree in Studio Art and Digital Humanities at UCLA. As the Communications + Storytelling intern for the Women’s Center, she’s looking forward to applying her oral historical and archival scholarship by documenting and imaginatively showcasing all the ways WCCW fosters creative communities and supports marginalized artistry.
Programs & Press Intern
Stella Ramos is a recent graduate from Occidental College — where she studied Religious Studies and Environmental Ethics with a special interest in Settler-Colonialism and Indigenous futurity. She is joining the Women’s Center team as the Programming + Press intern, where she is excited to collaborate on producing vibrant programming amidst our new virtual-world-paradigm and connect around the creation of tangible materials via Co—Conspirator Press. Stella is from Seattle, Washington and is a lifelong writer, dancer and passionate organizer. She cares deeply about radical practices of love, healing and reparations, environmental justice, intersectional feminism, community-based organizing, and holistic medicine + food!
Nyala Bela Tringali-Carbado
Membership and Operations Intern
Nyala, a Mellon Mays Fellow, received their B.A. at UCLA in History and African American Studies. At UCLA, Nyala became the co-chair of BlaQue (Black and Queer) and the Diversity Chair of Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-Law Co-Ed Fraternity. Through these organizations, Nyala implemented and facilitated a number of events and diversity trainings. Outside of UCLA, Nyala teaches as a guest lecturer for the Gender and Sexual Orientation component of Marlborough High School’s health class. Nyala is the Membership and Operations Intern at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, focusing on outreach and event coordination. Perhaps most importantly, Nyala is an INFP Scorpio, vegan, and a tea enthusiast.
Outreach and Programming Intern
Caitlin Abadir-Mullally is an installation artist based in Los Angeles. She works in sculpture, video, performance and relationship building. She is invested in designing spaces for questioning and connection. She has organized a number of curatorial projects in white cubes, domestic spaces and motel rooms. In her practice, Caitlin is digging through her personal archive to make sense of her mixed identity as a McEgyptian Brat. Coptic Babe Coptic Dyke is heavily based in understanding the culture of Coptic Orthodox Egyptians and how value systems travel. She’s interested in what parts of a culture remain as immigrants are white-washed to fit the United States and her participation in that erasure. Caitlin is responsible for a variety of tasks from working with the artist in residence, executing outreach tactics and crunching numbers. Caitlin likes playing cards and driving fast.
Co-founder & Consulting Creative Director
After serving for 5 years as the WCCW’s in-house Creative Director, Kate is transitioning at the end of 2018 to serving on the board, mentoring our design fellow, and running our large scale publication projects on a freelance basis. She’ll be re-focusing on her duties as principal at Radical Rules design studio, who have collaborated on projects with The Huntington Library, LA County Arts Commission, Hammer Museum, East of Borneo, Armory Center for the Arts, and Pants Magazine. Kate’s work has been featured on AIGA Eye on Design, Typotalks, Inform.design, and KCET Artbound. She serves as ComArts faculty at Otis College of Art and Design and has most recently lectured at Typo Berlin, Komsfaack University Stockholm, CalArts, UCLA, and Pomona College. Kate holds an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts and a BA in Classics from Pitzer College. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Print Lab Educator & Technician
Noelle is a designer, printmaker, and educator who lives in Los Feliz, by way of Boston, MA and Portland, OR. She got her education in Intermedia studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and her practice involves many mediums including new media installation and sound technology. She has worked with various public arts organizations, including the Independent Publishing Resource Center (Portland, OR), to advocate for accessibility in art and design, as well as teaching people of all ages. She has also worked as a curator and a printmaking studio supervisor.