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Villy Wang - President & CEO, BAYCAT

Villy brings an extensive and unique 20+ year background in education, arts and technology programming, nonprofit business and law. BAYCAT sprung out of Villy’s passion for using the digital media arts to capture stories untold, and to create social change.

BAYCAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise that educates, empowers and employs youth and adults from historically underserved communities in digital media arts including digital filmmaking, TV production, animation, graphic and web design. BAYCAT inspires high school students and young adults to stay in school and become lifelong learners, and empowers them to use the power of digital media and design to shape their communities. Studio BAYCAT employs program graduates to produce professional work with international, national and local impact for clients such as Yahoo!, UCSF Center for Excellence in Women’s Health and pro-bono brochures and posters for local merchants and non-profits.

Prior to BAYCAT, Villy was a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for three years specializing in project-based collaborative teaching methodologies that incorporated music, arts and technology into standard based curriculum. Villy has been a curriculum developer for the SFUSD, and teacher presenter for the Dean of Education at University of California, Berkeley. As the Director of Business and Operations, Villy was integral in advancing the SF Jazz Festival store and for launching its first jazz education programs in the public schools. Prior to her nonprofit work, Villy was an attorney at Morrison & Foerster, Adjunct Law Professor at New College School and served as a commercial and investment banker in New York prior to moving to San Francisco in 1990. Villy received her combined B.A. in Engineering and Economics from Brown University, J.D. degree from Northwestern University, and her teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Villy filmed and produced a short entitled, “Unplugged,” that was featured in the 2005 Marin Environmental Film Festival.

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