Maya Wallace serves on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, most recently as co-chair of the commission’s Race and Cultural Equity task force. By day, she ensures program integrity and works to improve organizational performance at the California Department of Justice.
Andru Defeye is an established poet, writer, film editor, emcee, journalist and is currently the videographer for Comstock’s’ Buzzwords series. Defeye is founder of the Zero Forbidden Goals performance art crew (ZFG) and has performed everywhere from art museums to festival stages while also designing and developing a Hip Hop based curriculum that meets common core standards in classrooms. Defeye has worked since 2006 documenting local arts and culture as a writer and editor with publications including Sacramento News and Review and Submerge Magazine.
Anne Da Vigo is an award-winning public relations professional and former print journalist who wrote features and covered the police beat for the Sacramento Union. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines. She is winner of the Jameson Award from the Writing at Pacific conference for an unpublished second novel.
Jessica Dumont is a freelance writer, editor and content specialist with a background in corporate public relations. A born-and-raised Placer County resident, she currently lives in Roseville with her husband and two young daughters following stints in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.jessicadumont.com.
Michelle McDaid documents the joy and connection of families in everyday moments through her business, Memories by Michelle. Her photography work has been published in Folsom Style and Sacramento Parent magazine, where she also pens human interest articles. Originally from London, Michelle is a currently-frustrated traveler. You’ll often find her daydreaming of traveling the world with her 8-year-old daughter, funding their adventures through photography and writing. For more, visit www.mbymphotos.com.
Mary Beth Barber of Sacramento is and independent freelancer writer and former political journalist for publications like Capitol Weekly, California Journal and others. She got her MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, is an active volunteer for creative and education-related nonprofits and boards, and is fascinated by California’s influence on the national and worldwide economy.
Faith Lewis is a Sacramento based freelance writer and editor. After studying in Oxford, she graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her love of writing is rivaled only by her love of travel. Find her blog at anothersidetrackedlife.wordpress.com.
Tania Fowler, owner and founder of Interplay Coaching, is a business coach focused on working with executives and their teams to help drive stronger team engagement and performance.
Gordon Fowler is the president and CEO of Sacramento’s 3Fold Communications, a Sacramento-based communications company.
Seth Scholar is a portfolio manager with U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management in Sacramento and San Francisco.