Want to help shape our future? CounterPULSE is looking for new members to join our Board of Directors who want to contribute their passion and vision to the organization.
To apply, submit your application through the online form below. For questions, please contact Kathryn Cole, Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Board Service
CounterPULSE is unique in that it combines the vibrancy and energy of a small arts organization with the professionalism of a much larger institution. Consequently, board meetings are warm, convivial, and enjoyable, while also being extremely efficient. Each board member has the opportunity to utilize his or her creativity and skills to serve the organization, while receiving the support and guidance of a highly professional staff.
Board participation includes both “big picture” thinking and “hands on” work, and there are many opportunities for members to engage with the organizations and the artists that we support. Board members represent CounterPULSE to the community– sharing information about our programs and events, attracting new supporters and donors. They also represent the community to CounterPULSE– ensuring that multiple perspectives are recognized, and that the organization is constantly responsive to the constituency it serves.
CounterPULSE Board of Directors
Doug Benson was most recently Sr. Director of Product Development at Adobe, responsible for Adobe Flash Professional as well as Adobe Edge, a new product that will ship in 2012. Doug has also led the development of Fireworks, FreeHand and Dreamweaver as well as multiple start-up projects. At Macromedia he led suite technologies as well as a cross-product group that standardized user interface designs. He is passionate about software design, visual creativity, writing, music and his family. He is between jobs in mid-2012, and enjoying a brief retirement.
dress (a.k.a. dave wedding dress) has been an activist for peace and justice for nearly 30 years, working with non-hierarchical groups on direct action projects to stop war and injustice, and bring more equality and balance to the lives of poor and oppressed peoples. In 1982, dress joined Livermore Action Group, where he learned about using non-violent resistance and organizing. He has worked with numerous peace and justice groups, such as Food Not Bombs, Abalone Alliance, Rocky Flats Truth Force, Earth First! His personal action for over 25 years has been to wear dresses with no affectation, embracing the feminine within publicly. He enjoys playing saxophone and clarinet as part of the Funky Nixons, a political satire rock-and-roll band. He’s also a member of the Brass Liberation Orchestra, SF’s infamous progressive marching band. He enjoys jam sessions wherever and whenever possible, especially around a campfire. dress is an active member in Reclaiming, an earth-based spiritual activist group for which he has helped organize numerous events, including the Spiral Dance and Witchlets in the Woods.
Laura Elaine Ellis
Chair, Fundraising Committee
Laura Elaine Ellis is a dancer, choreographer and producer. Presently, she is the Executive Director of the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation and the Executive Director of the African and African American Performing Arts Coalition (AAAPAC) – a San Francisco based, non-profit organization, founded in 1995 by a collective of artists looking to create better performance opportunities for and produce shows that reflect the aesthetic and cultural representation of Africans and African Americans. As AAAPAC’s executive director, Laura Elaine Ellis has co-produced successful events such as the Labor of Love Dance Series, The Quilt Project: Pieces of Me, and currently the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now. The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now is a community event of dance concerts, symposia, mentoring programs and workshops celebrating the legacy and artistry of African and African American choreographers.Funding awards for AAAPAC projects include: The Creative Work Fund, The Irvine Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Anne Ho is the Managing Attorney at CREATE Legal, a law firm serving individuals and organizations in the arts and entertainment industries. Anne is also a professional commercial actor and model, appearing in theater, film, television, industrials, and print. She previously worked as a Law Fellow at California Lawyers for the Arts on its Legal Referral Services team.
Anne has significant experience in the areas of research, analytics, and consulting with concentrations in the fields of international economic law, international development, and corporate governance. Past employment include stints at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and EMpower: The Emerging Markets Foundation. Prior to obtaining her graduate degrees, Anne worked for Blue Shield of California where she advised employer group clients on managed care plan design and utilization.
Anne received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. and M.B.A. from University of San Francisco. She is currently pursuing her M.L.A. from Stanford University.
Cole Krawitz is a writer and a poet whose work has appeared in such publications as Tidal Basin Review, Connotation Press, Zeek, OCHO,Newsday and The Forward. A Lambda Fellow, he received an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. He has been a Lecturer in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Program at University of California, Berkeley and the MA in English Program at Holy Names University. He has also been a contributing host on “Beyond the Pale: A Progressive Jewish Radio Hour” on WBAI in New York, and was the founder of jvoices.com. Cole also has many years of experience in the non-profit sector, including in communications and event production and promotion. He was recently commissioned by the Queer Cultural Center through the Creating Queer Communities Grant to produce an event for the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival. Cole currently works at The San Francisco Foundation as the Public Affairs and Communications Online Specialist, and as an independent communications consultant. He lives in Oakland, CA.
Jessica Robinson Love
Executive & Artistic Director, CounterPULSE
Jessica Robinson Love has served CounterPULSE for ten years. During that time, she has ushered CounterPULSE through a merger and relocation, expanding the organization’s budget ten-fold during her tenure as director. She designed and implemented CounterPULSE’s successful Artist in Residence program, and has curated dozens of performances and workshops. She has also served as guest curator for organizations such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Jessica is a writer, performer and political activist and her dance writing has been published in In Dance and on CriticalDance.com. She has worked in administration, production, and publicity for artists and arts organizations including Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy / Circo Zero, Dance Through Time, and the Erika Shuch Performance (ESP) Project. Jessica served as adjunct faculty member at the New College of California where she has designed and implemented courses including “Activist Arts Synthesis”, “Arts Administration and Cultural Organizing” and “20th Century US History through the Arts.” During her tenure on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee she was responsible for curating and co-producing the annual Bay Area Dance Awards. She has served on the steering committee for San Francisco Arts Forum, the Theatre Bay Area Theatre Services Committee, the Dance/USA Emerging Leader Task Force, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Alternate ROOTS, a service and granting organization for community-based artists in the Southeastern United States. She has been the recipient of awards and scholarships from Dance/USA and the Bill T. Shannon Leadership Institute, and was the inaugural recipient of the Bay Area Dancers’ Choice Award for her service to the dance community.
Chair, Real Estate Committee
Seth Meisler is an Architect / Senior Associate with the San Francisco office of Perkins+Will. Over the course of his 30 years of experience, Seth has worked on a broad range of projects locally and around the world for clients such as Stanford University, Genentech and the University of Washington. Seth recently led the laboratory planning for the Health Sciences Campus at the new Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University for Women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Seth’s passion for the Arts extends to his professional practice through his leadership of Perkins+Will’s local pro bono design work for the new Uptown Tenderloin Museum and SOMArts
Kate Patterson received her BA in Art History from Smith College in 2000. Prior to joining the Arts Commission where she overseespublic relations and community outreach, Kate was Manager of Public Relations & Marketing at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. From 2003 to 2005, she was the Marketing & Sales Manager at Acoustiguide Inc., a leading interpretive audio and multimedia tour company. She has also worked at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, South Street Seaport Museum, the Vorpal Gallery and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.
Antoaneta Petkova, Ph.D
Antoaneta Petkova is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University, where she teaches MBA andundergraduate classes in strategic management. Her research focuses on strategies that young entrepreneurial organizations use to solicit resources and support from critical stakeholders.
Judith Zissman is the founder and principal of Apicule, a product strategy consultancy. She works with startups and established companies in a variety of industries to develop and bring new products to market. She particularly enjoys projects with a focus on sustainable design, innovation and community development. Judith also works as a visual artist, and enjoys cooking, reading, and time with her mischievous dog, Lyle.
Advisory Committee Members
Marketing & Communications Committee
- Neelu Bhuman: Independent Designer at designofneelu.com
- Kathy Budas: Director of Marketing and Communications at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- Kathy Jaller: Marketing/Web/Designer at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Kara Whitting: Senior Marketing Manager at the San Francisco Symphony
- Evren Odcikin: Publicist at KQED and Independent Theater Director
May Day Committee 2011
- Kate Patterson, CounterPULSE Board Member and Committee Chair
- Margarita Galindo
- Cole Krawitz, CounterPULSE Board Member
- Ellie MacBride
- Kimberly Perette
- Shannon Preto
Former Members of the Board
Edward Grant is a photographer, producer, and co-owner of spaceB gallery in Oakland, California. He is on the advisory board of sorvillo/blindsight, a dance company, and has previously served on the board of ZZYZYVA magazine and on the Joffery Ballet San Francisco support board.
Jez Kuono`ono Lee moved to the Bay Area in 1999 from Hawai`i became deeply involved in the local arts scene, specifically working within the Asian Pacific Islander and Queer communities. Both performing with dance and theater companies and working behind the scenes to promote the arts, Lee has served as Director of Asian American Dance Performances, as a Board Member of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, as a member of the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, and as an Advisory Member of Circo Zero and Fresh Meat Productions. Lee’s own artwork has recently included participation with the 24 Hour Show and twincest, and through engagement with the sex-positive community through companies such as Pink & White Productions, Center for Sex & Culture, Transmarch, and Femina Potens. Through a myriad of projects, Lee cultivates queer/gender and multi-cultural artistic growth and looks to further artists’ ability to self-promote their work through technological accessibility.
Alan Millar is currently designing next-generation user interfaces for Autodesk, one the world’s leading developers of architectural, engineering, media and entertainment design software. Alan earned his B.A. degree in Entertainment Management Production and Promotion at San Francisco State University while working in marketing, ambiance and stage production for Bill Graham Presents. He founded the.art.re.grup, a non-profit arts organization focused on presenting new performance works in traditional and site-specific settings. The following year Alan co-founded The LAB with a group of interdisciplinary artists from SFSU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Arts. Alan was the The LAB’s founding Executive Director. He was the Executive Director of Capp Street Project and the founding Events Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He was a board member of the National Association of Artists Organizations (NAAO), a site visitor and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; and as a panelist for the California Arts Council and the Isadora Duncan awards.
Patrick Simms is owner of Patrick Simms Music Studios. He has worked as an audio engineer in over a dozen San Francisco nightclubs, including his own (theICAN Gallery), which formerly occupied the current Counter Pulse location. Simms has been involved in the singer/songwriter community as performer, booker, recordist and producer. The ICAN Gallery was his attempt to create a space for musicians, visual artists and filmmakers. Simms is the founder of the Independent Community Arts Network (ICAN Gallery), a 10 year member of the Mid Market PAC Committee, a member of AFM Local 6 where he has operated the recording studio there since 1999, and one of the co-hosts and assistant program director of the People In Plazas noon summer concerts series since 2000.
Vidya Sundaram is an actress, bharatnatyam dancer, writer, producer and non-profit professional. She has performed with many Bay Area theater groups including Eastenders, Theater Rhino and PianoFight Productions. Vidya is currently developing a one-woman show about Indian temple dancers. Vidya is a member of Kala Vandana Dance Company and Kalanjali Dances of India. She has organized successful fundraising efforts for education and arts nonprofit organizations. Currently, Vidya is a media consultant, producing educational videos for underserved communities. Once upon a time, she was a software engineer after graduating from Stanford with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After completing her MBA and masters in public policy, she worked in both nonprofit development and venture capital. She is proud to serve as an advisor for Bay Area non-profits …Ad Still…, Education Pioneers and Woodfish Institute.