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Rene Yung is an internationally exhibiting artist, designer, thinker, and writer. Combining the poetic and the incisive, her cross-disciplinary civic engagement works address social and cultural issues in the built environment by connecting people, history, and place to articulate the hidden and the overlooked. Her work has been exhibited at international venues including TransCulture, part of the 46th Venice Biennale, and she has created extensive public projects for national institutions including the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle and consulted for the new Maya Lin-designed Museum of Chinese in the Americas, New York. Most recently she created “Our Oakland: Eastside Stories”, an integrated public art project for the new East Oakland Community Library that includes architectural artwork, a web portal for East Oakland stories, and a community-building program including the portal OurOakland.org. She is also Artistic and Project Director of Chinese Whispers, a multi-site, research and multimedia storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad and the settlements of the American West. Rene has received many grant awards, including from the San Francisco Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, and the California Council on the Humanities. A graduate of Stanford University, she is on the faculty of City College of San Francisco.

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Michelle Brennan, web development. Originally from Ireland, Michelle moved to San Francisco in 2009 with her husband in pursuit of broader career prospects. With a scientific background, Michelle has a broad range of training and experience from nutrition to web development. She is currently focusing on web design and development, and enjoying all the Bay Area has to offer.

Joel Chaidez, outreach, interviews, photography, production. Joel hails from Southern California and moved to the Bay Area to surround himself with others also passionate about the potential of the Internet as a means to connect people. He previously worked in production management for web content providers. He is currently a graphic design and web programming student at City College of San Francisco.

Julie Conquest, outreach, research, interviews, photography, editor. Julie traces interactions between identity and environment with visual media and sound recording. Her other works exploring place include the State of Travel, a portrait and oral narrative archive set in rest stops of the American West. She has worked producing visual and literary arts in Amsterdam, New York, and San Francisco. If she could she would get lost everyday on the way home.

Victoria Maria Heilweil, outreach, interviews, photography, photo/printing production, installation production. Victoria is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, educator and curator. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 1995. Her work has been included at exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, RayKo Photo Center and Root Division in the Bay Area, BC Space Gallery and the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, the Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and the Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. Victoria is a Lecturer at City College of San Francisco, CCA and Academy of Art University. She has also been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and Art Center College of Design.

Boramy Khloth, production, installation production. Boramy is a student, budding language teacher and overall design enthusiast. Whereas Storylab has allowed her to get her feet wet in the design and art world. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Boramy hopes to further her design skills and community-based work while also teaching English abroad. Her interests include linguistics, drawing, arts+crafts, fried food and 60′s design and French pop.

Chelsea Lea, outreach, interviews, photography, project coordination, production. A San Diego transplant, Chelsea works as a Program Coordinator at an international non-profit that focuses on higher education. After studying abroad in Paris she earned joint Bachelors Degrees in International Relations and French from San Francisco State University. She practices craft-oriented design and is about to embark on a 6 month trip around the world with her partner.

Claudia Wheeler-Rappe, outreach, interviews, photography, production. Claudia is a documentary photographer living and working in San Francisco. She graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 2006 with a degree in History and after spending almost four years teaching in Europe and Asia, she decided to devote herself to telling stories with a camera. She considers herself a humanist, and is primarily interested in helping to give a voice to members of marginalized communities. She is currently working on a project about homeless youth in San Francisco. She speaks English, Italian, Spanish, and French.

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