Meet the NV4Y Staff
Meet the NV4Y Staff
Nimsi worked with New Voices for Youth as a student at Menlo-Atherton High school, completing Janet and Wendy's Story, a video about teen parenting. Since then, she has worked with NV4Y as a teaching assistant and a summer instructor. Nimsi graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics in 2017.
Sanjana DeSilva is a filmmaker who creates socially and culturally aware content. She received her B.A in Film, Theater and Digital Production at UC Riverside in 2017 and now freelances as an Assistant Director on film sets.
Her short film ‘Not Forever’ has received several awards- such as an honorable mention at the Hollywood New Directors film festival in 2018. She hopes to eventually create a production company dedicated to providing support to filmmakers of all backgrounds.
Lalo developed skills in film production within Adobe's non-profit media program, Adobe Youth Voices.
"My ultimate goal is to properly equip the youth in local communities with enhanced skills so they hold a competitive advantage within their desired career field; thus, showing them how to break the 'glass ceiling' that constrains young, talented media makers."
Ana got hooked on filmmaking and media arts while in college. She has a Masters in Mexican American Studies from San Jose State and a BA in Ethnic Studies from Cal State East Bay. She has worked with various youth development organizations, including Girls Incorporated of Alameda County and Year Up. Currently, Ana works at ESO Adelante at Canada College while she completes her doctoral degree at the University of San Francisco School of Education.
The NV4Y steering committee has worked together for fourteen years, since the beginning of New Voices. Steering Committee members are interested in bringing the voices of youth in underserved communities to a broader audience, including, but not limited to, the League of Women Voters. The Palo Alto and South San Mateo County Leagues jointly won the State League's Yellow Rose Award at Convention 2015 in honor of NV4Y's tenth anniversary!