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.
As the Programming Director, Nicole combines her interest in social practice, community building, and feminist activism in order to communicate the WCCW mission through intersectional programming. She’s especially excited about the process of coalition building between artists and activists from a variety of LA scenes and communities. Nicole received an MFA from the Programs In Writing at UC Irvine, and her fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Drunken Boat, Fiction Southeast, and elsewhere. She’s also the co-host/producer of bitchface, a podcast about gender, art, feminism, misandry, and other obsessions, and a member of Intersectionality NOW, a Women’s Center programming resident during spring 2017. Things she likes: wearing wigs, writing elaborate party invitations, amateur journalism & smashing the heteropatriarchy.
Emily wears many hats at WCCW, literally and figuratively. Through introducing people to the space, managing hosts and volunteers, tracking membership, and coordinating with program facilitators, she makes sure everything at the workspace is running smoothly. She is incredibly grateful to be constantly learning about community building, intersectional feminism, and arts organizing, and dreams of one day running her own queer / feminist community space!
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
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 little 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
Print Lab Project Manager
Lindsey Lee Eichenberger is a writer, zine-maker and educator. She started making zines when she was in high school, and is now 1/3 of Thick Thigh Collective, an art & zine collective. She has organized and led multiple zine workshops to folks ranging from elementary school to college students, and is a strong advocate for using zines as an accessible educational tool. As the Print Lab Project Manager at WCCW, she gets to apply that love of zines to help you with your printing needs! She received a B.A in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is from.
2018 Design Fellow
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.
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.
Kaylie is our summer intern from Occidental College here in LA, where she studies politics and environmental policy. She was granted the Values and Vocations Fellowship through the college to continue her studies and explore the intersection between social justice and spirituality. Kaylie is carrying out her fellowship at WCCW, where she is working to educate the community about how native plants and gardening can be used as a therapeutic practice. Her project was inspired by past work to protect native pollinators, her interest in social justice, and her love of intersectional feminism. Past social justice work includes an internship at East Los Angeles Community Corporation, an affordable housing organization, as well as teaching sex ed at underserved schools in LA. She is excited to learn more from WCCW and hopes to catch you out in the garden!
Sophie Trauberman Programming Host
Sophie is a Los Angeles born and based cultural programmer. Her work currently straddles gallery and studio management, weed-infused catering, and program coordinating. Sophie studied Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College. She believes strongly that education is a life-long pursuit and that administrative work is creative work. At WCCW she chairs the programming committee and also leads “How We Organize,” a community reading group aiming to dismantle the non-profit industrial complex. She loves making cocktails, baking, biking, embroidering, and swimming in the ocean in her free time.
Nickole Ragland Grounds & Maintenance Host
Nickole is an independent, Los Angeles based Photographer and Artist. Her client base includes movie studios, musicians, and even downtown craft breweries. A proud and passionate Philly girl, Nickole takes her love for history, architecture, and nature and combines them in her eclectic works. An avid explorer, she loves camping and hiking with her three beautiful daughters and the love of her life. You’ll find her carving wood, making jewelry, playing with blow torches, and baking bread at any given moment. Nickole joins WCCW, with a gratitude to the community of amazingly creative women, and a eye to the future as one of LA’s visionary artists.
Lauren Calsada Outreach Host
Lauren is an independent, multimedia artist born and raised in Los Angeles. During the week she works in an law office as an assistant and Spanish-English interpreter. To keep it exciting, she works as a freelance videographer/photographer at music and performance events. She is focused on building her mind, body and soul through art/music practice, cooking, hiking and creating and learning from an inclusive space with other womxn. She is new to the WCCW and looks forward to contributing and sharing a space with all creative types and wonderful womxn.
Lindsey Baguio Gerhard Volunteer
Lindsey Baguio Gerhard is a writer who lives in Frogtown. With a background in journalism, she does freelance work within the spheres of digital content creation and social media. She enjoys morning bike rides on the LA River, Netflix marathons and making things like flower arrangements, chocolate chip cookies and lists.
Cynthia Navarro Print Lab Manager
Cynthia Navarro is a printmaker who hails from a small desert town in Southern California. In 2006, she ventured off to UC Santa Cruz to study Fine Arts. She concentrated in tree hugging and printmaking and fell in love with the idea of multiples. After Santa Cruz, she lived the East Bay working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and collaborated with her wonderful friends in creating Tiny Splendor, an art collective and small risograph publisher running out of Berkeley and Los Angeles, California, which she helps run. Tiny Splendor was founded on the idea of finding a way to share our friends’ artwork, while satisfying our obsession with and love of ink on paper. Cynthia can help you with your print needs at the WCCW!
Sarah uses her formidable processing power to keep WCCW’s administration, programming, business dealings, and external projects running smoothly. Her passion for creating systems to support inclusive, malleable platforms for creatives of all stripes to present work and build communities keeps her energized as she tackles the infinite library of spreadsheets it takes to run the organization. Sarah graduated from the Masters in Public Art Studies program at USC and studied Art History at UC Santa Cruz before that. She has also been a Project Manger at ForYourArt since 2007, serves on Arts for LA’s Programming Advisory Committee, and co-founded the Art Book Review. In her spare time she likes building stuff, playing basketball, and thinking about horses.
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.