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Headshot of Jan Adkins.

Jan Batiste Adkins is the author of African Americans of San Francisco, African Americans of Monterey County, and African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County published by Arcadia Publishing Company in the Images of America series. Each book contains 190 photographs, based on primary and secondary sources and is an historical account of the establishment of African American communities and leaders of Bay Area communities since the 1780s to present. She is also on the faculty of San Jose City College and a member of the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators. Writing in the genres of historical nonfiction, poetry, and creative writing have been a hobby of hers since the early 1990s. Over the last 15 years, she has developed a passion for literary research starting with her San Jose State University's master's thesis: "Literary Prose and Poetry in San Francisco's Black Newspapers, 1862-1885" completed in 2009, published by UMI Dissertation Publishing. In 2018, she also wrote an article titled "Blacks in San Francisco", which was published by Oxford University Press. More information on Jan Batiste Adkins's work.


Headshot of Susan D. Anderson.

Susan D. Anderson is‚ the History Curator and Program Manager at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and a member of the editorial board of California History journal. Previously, she was Director of Library, Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs at the California Historical Society, headquartered in San Francisco. She served as Interim Chief Curator for the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, and was principal of Memory House, a curatorial and public history consulting firm whose clients included the City of Berkeley, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Richmond Museum of History, and the Mazisi Kunene Museum in Durban, South Africa. As a curator in UCLA Library Special Collections, she initiated Collecting Los Angeles which gathered, preserved, interpreted and made accessible UCLA Library collections documenting the remarkable multiplicity of cultures and at-risk hidden histories of the Los Angeles region. She was Managing Director of L.A. as Subject, hosted by USC Libraries. She has published and lectured widely with an emphasis on California's hidden African American past. Susan's book, Nostalgia for a Trumpet: Poems of Memory and History was published by Northwestern University Press. She is working on a book for Heyday Books, African Americans and the California Dream.


Karen Biestman

Karen Biestman is the Associate Dean and Director of Stanford’s Native American Cultural Center, and teaches in Native American Studies at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Nation Building, and American Indian Religious Freedom. She has been a member of the Stanford Design School Teaching Team, where she taught courses on Crafting Challenging Conversations, Peacemaking, and others through a cultural lens.  She also taught Federal Indian Law at Stanford Law School. Prior to 2011, she taught at U.C. Berkeley in the Law School, American Studies, and Native American Studies, and served as Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of Native American Studies. She left academia for one year to serve as Director of Indian Education for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX, in San Francisco to develop a national curriculum on Working Effectively with Tribal Governments. The common thread in her professional roles is the unwavering commitment to promote student leadership development, excellence, wellness and learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. She received both her B.A. and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley.


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Lesley Bone has spent her whole career as an Objects Conservator, initially at the British Museum in London. For the last 40 years she has been in the Bay Area, principally at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since 1983 she has also worked on various projects for different departments at Stanford University. These have ranged from working on individual objects at the Stanford Museum to acting as a consultant of historic materials for various building restoration projects around the campus. More recently, she has been affiliated with the Lucille Packard Children’s hospital as their contract conservator taking care of their varied art collection. Her longest and most beloved association has been with Stanford Memorial Church, where her first project was working on the bronze lectern with a corrosion issue. A more consistent relationship with the church was established after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. From then on Lesley has been involved with different aspects of the church fabric upkeep including guiding the general approach to the care of this iconic building.


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Dr. Drew Bourn is the Historical Curator of the Stanford Medical History Center and has taught California history in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. His volunteer work has included serving as a consultant for the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, as a Board member of the Stanford Historical Society, and as a mentor for Ph.D. students at the Stanford Humanities Center. He has been a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities on archives-related projects. During the Obama administration he served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Interior for the Heritage & History Initiative, "LGBTQ America." He is interested in the ways in which public history can change people's perceptions of themselves, their communities, their locations, and the possibilities for the future.


Julie Cain

Julie Cain is the Historic Preservation Planner for Heritage Services at Stanford University. At Stanford since 1978, Julie worked in several university libraries in various capacities until moving over to Heritage Services in 2008. When earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees in history at California State University East Bay, she focused on California and the American West. She is particularly interested in 19th-century California history with an emphasis on the role of Chinese immigrants within the state during that timeframe as well as the many estates built on the San Francisco Peninsula, including the Stanfords’ Palo Alto estate. Bringing lost or forgotten history to current awareness by writing historic context and recognizing the vital role unacknowledged members of society brought to the development of the state are themes often explored in her work. While much of Julie’s research is conducted within libraries and archives, community outreach also plays a crucial role for many projects, including the ACLQ dig, writing a history of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and the decades-long restoration of the Arizona Garden.


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Al Camarillo is the Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor and Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Stanford University. Camarillo’s storied career at Stanford began in 1975, when he was appointed in the Department of History. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano studies (he is the first Mexican American in the nation’s history to receive a Ph.D. in U.S. history with a specialization in Chicano History). He has published seven books and dozens of articles on the history of Mexican Americans and other communities of color. He is the only faculty member in the history of Stanford to receive six of the highest awards for excellence in teaching and service to the university. Camarillo is the past president of the Organization of American Historian, the nation’s largest membership association for historians of the United States and past president of the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch. He frequently appears on History Channel television programs. His memoir, Going Back to Compton: A Native Son Searches for Racial Equality, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2022-2023.


Peter Chan

Peter Chan is the Web Archivist at Stanford University. Peter served as the Project Manager for the ePADD (Email - Process, Appraise, Discover, Deliver) project and was a member of the AIMS (An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship) project for born-digital archival materials. The AIMS project was the recipient of the NDSA (National Digital Stewardship Alliance in US) Innovation Award in 2012 and the ePADD project was the recipient of the same award in 2017. ePADD was also the recipient of Digital Preservation Award for Research and Innovation conferred by the Digital Preservation Coalition in the UK in 2018. Peter pioneered the use of AccessData FTK (a forensic software) to appraise and process born-digital collections in 2011, built a workstation which read 8 inch floppy disks and published metadata from email collections in Wikidata. Peter was an instructor for the Society of American Archivists' Digital Archives Specialist program, and Co-Chair of the International Videogame Data Network (IVDN). He has traveled extensively to both present and teach on the various aspects of his work at Stanford, including residencies at the Royal Library of Copenhagen in 2015, the Computerspiele Museum in Berlin in 2017, and the New Zealand National Library in 2020, as a Fulbright Specialist.

D. Michael Cheers

D. Michael Cheers, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San José State University. He is a Fulbright Scholar and an award-winning photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. Dr. Cheers earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies from Boston University, and he received his doctorate in African Studies and Research from Howard University, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Cheers began his career in high school, documenting his community for the St. Louis American newspaper. That early experience led him to create photo essays on the Roxbury and Dorchester communities for the Boston Globe. Thereafter, he became a photojournalist, working nationally and internationally, for Jet and Ebony magazines for more than 25 years. During that time, Dr. Cheers documented townships that included the South African communities of Alexandra, Soweto, and the Cape Flats,  the Southern African country of Mozambique, the rural farming communities in Cape Coast, Ghana, and Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa.

In 2006, Dr. Cheers became a San José State University faculty member. Since then, he has focused his cameras on marginalized African American communities in San Jose. He has produced documentaries and newspaper articles on the city’s historic Black churches, and drawn attention to other Black community institutions. Currently, Dr. Cheers is producing and directing, “This Far By Faith”, an immersive, digital humanities experience that uses virtual reality to explore the migration of the founders, congregants, and communities associated with San Jose’s Black churches. The project reimagines the way history is taught, by reclaiming ownership of the Black narrative. As former CBS Anchor, Rene Syler once said, “When you tell your truth you take away the power in [other] people’s ability to twist the story.”

Cathy Cotton

Kathy Cotton became a documentary filmmaker in response to the notion that there are no African Americans in TECH. Mrs. Cotton began her career as a human resources professional working first for several startup companies and ending her career at Hewlett Packard. She left HP and created her own consulting firm. While working as a consultant she created video and powerpoint presentations for training. She enhanced her skills in the field of videography by attending classes at the Digital Media Academy held on the Stanford University Campus. She created many vanity films for friends and family which led her to her first documentary of the cover band the Cheeseballs. She completed a documentary for the Delta Sigma Theta of Portland Oregon and the headstart programs 50th anniversary celebration in Portland Oregon. Her most recent film, A Place at The Table, was the impetus for the movement to include the contributions of African Americans in the history of Silicon Valley. It is Mrs. Cotton intent to bring the history of Silicon Valley to the world through digital storytelling at its best.

Headshot of Alison Carpenter Davis.

Alison (Al) Carpenter Davis is a writer, editor, and disability advocate drawn to hidden stories, the power of words to connect, and the commonality in being human. In 2020, Al co-founded the Disability at Stanford Oral History Project with the Stanford Historical Society’s Oral History Program to record Stanford’s cross-generational history of disability advocacy and the lived experience of those in the Stanford community with disabilities. Al’s book "Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University" was released in 2017, and looks at the heritage, history, and shared experience of college students everywhere—and Stanford students in particular. Al collaborated with the Stanford University Archives to research, access, and further collect the handwritten, typed, and electronic correspondence for "Letters Home". Her essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the HuffPost, The Independent, the International Herald Tribune, and Stanford Magazine, among others. Formerly a managing editor at Outside magazine and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Al is working on a memoir about her 50-year journey with Crohn’s disease, which she did not realize was a disability until recently. Al graduated from Stanford in 1979 with a BA in Communications and studies in Psychology. Today Al lives in Los Gatos with her Stanford sweetheart in a house where three children and their dog once grew.


Sally DeBauche

Sally DeBauche is a digital archivist in Stanford Libraries Special Collections. She responsible for processing and describing born digital archival materials and developing of workflows for processing born digital material. She also manages the ePADD project, open source software developed by Stanford University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives that uses machine learning and natural language processing to support the appraisal, processing, discovery, and delivery of historical email archives. Before coming to Special Collections, she was a Digital Archivist and a Project Archivist focusing on German collections at the Hoover Insitutiton Library & Archives. Her education includes an MSIS at University of Texas at Austin and a BA in History at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Quinn Dombrowski

Quinn Dombrowski is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Quinn’s many digital humanities adventures included supporting the high-performance computing cluster at UC Berkeley, running a tool directory with support from the Mellon Foundation, writing books on Drupal for Humanists and University of Chicago library graffiti, and working on the program staff of Project Bamboo, a failed digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative.

Quinn has a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since coming to Stanford, Quinn has supported numerous non-English DH projects, taught courses on non-English DH, started a Textile Makerspace, developed a tabletop roleplaying game to teach DH project management, explored trends in multilingual Harry Potter fanfic, and started the Data-Sitters Club, a feminist DH pedagogy and research group focused on Ann M. Martin’s 90’s girls series “The Baby-Sitters Club”. Quinn is currently co-VP of the Association for Computers and the Humanities along with Roopika Risam, and advocates for better support for DH in languages other than English.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He was a founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland and has been a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland (CA) for the past 28 years. Duncan-Andrade’s pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. He lectures around the world and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools.  He has written two books and his third book with Harvard Press is due out Spring 2022. In 2016, Duncan-Andrade was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama, and in 2019 he was chosen as the Laureate for the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education. In 2021, he was selected to join the Board of Prevent Child Abuse America. Duncan-Andrade has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings.

Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand.  His research interests and publications span the areas of youth wellness, culturally and community responsive pedagogy, trauma responsiveness, curriculum change, teacher development and retention, and cultural and Ethnic Studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders and school district officials to help them develop community responsive classroom practices and school cultures that foster wellness, self-love, confidence, and academic success among all students.  Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.


Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin

Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin is currently a PhD candidate of history at Stanford University. Prior to entering Stanford University, she earned both her B.A. and M.A. in American History at San Francisco State University. She went on to become tenured-faculty at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) where she taught both African-American and United States History. Her current research interests are focused on the intersection of racial inequality, environment, and infrastructure in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point and more generally the African-American experience in the United States. Aliyah is also a performing artist interested in utilizing public history and the arts to make local histories more accessible to people outside academia. Her most recent publication is "A Forgotten Community, A Forgotten History: San Francisco's 1966 Uprising" featured in The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle Outside the South (NYU Press, 2019).

Jim Eagle

Jim Eagle has been a volunteer board member for BAAITS for 12 years. He  has been a grant writer, event fundraiser, regalia maker and PowWow CoChair. He has been a board member of several other 501c3s in the Bay Area. He is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, a Dakota Sioux tribe. Jim is also a USA Boxing Coach and athlete. He is the owner of

Kelsi Evans

Kelsi Evans is the Director of Archives and Special Collections at the GLBT Historical Society. She has been working in the field of archives for over 13 years. Prior to her role with the Society, she worked on the AIDS History Project at the University of California, San Francisco Archives and Special Collections, and managed archival projects at the Fales Library of New York University, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, and the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She holds an M.A. in archives and public history from New York University and an M.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dorothy Fadiman

Dorothy Fadiman has been producing media with a focus on social justice and human rights since 1976. Subjects of her 24 films include progressive education (Why Do These Kids Love School? produced with KTEH-TV); social change for women in the rural villages of India (Woman by Woman produced with KQED-TV); women's reproductive rights (a three-film series on abortion, contraception, and related issues); public health (a five-film series on AIDS in Ethiopia); the power of a local documentary to carry a universal message (World Peace is a Local Issue). Fadiman has won more than 50 major awards, including an Emmy for From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion, and an Oscar nomination and the Gold Medal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories. Her book Producing with Passion: Making Films That Make a Difference traces Fadiman's filmmaking career. Fadiman received a M.A. in Speech and Hearing from Stanford in 1962.

Dan Geller

Dan Geller, together with his partner Dayna Goldfine, has produced and directed critically acclaimed multi-character documentary narratives that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. In addition to Something Ventured (2011), the Emmy-award winning Geller and Goldfine have collaborated on: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013), a Darwin meets Hitchcock murder-mystery; Ballets Russes (2005);  Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors; Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S. (1996), a feature-length documentary about the South Bronx-based art group Tim Rollins & K.O.S; FROSH: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994); and, Isadora Duncan:  Movement from the Soul (1988).  Geller and Goldfine's latest feature documentary is HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, which debuted in September 2021 at the Venice International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival and is slated for a theatrical release in mid 2022. Dan Geller and was admitted to the Documentary Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2014.

Nan Geschke

Nan Geschke and her late husband, Chuck Geschke, started the Geschke Foundation as a way to support their philanthropic efforts. Nan is an educator at heart and has volunteered many hours to researching, publicizing, and producing original content related to local history. She served on the Los Altos Historical Commission and was the host for the Los Altos History Show, a cable television program produced by Foothill College. She has curated several exhibitions at the Los Altos History Museum, including the Permanent Exhibition and temporary changing exhibitions about Wallace Stegner and the Duvenecks. She is also active with the Nantucket History Museum. The Geschke Foundation has underwritten these efforts and their generosity has encouraged other private foundations and individual gifts to these projects.

Ghosh and Chatterjee

Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee are long-time Bay Area activists and community-based historians.The Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour is based on their work doing oral history, archival research, and active engagement with historical research in the field. The tour shares these histories with a wider community, to inform, ground, and inspire new activism, in the tradition of movement historians like Zinn and Takaki. In addition to the walking tour, Ghosh and Chatterjee currently work with Bay Area Solidarity Summer, Walk Bike Berkeley, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, and the Berkeley Reimagining Public Safety Task Force.

Dayna Goldfine

Dayna Goldfine is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. For over thirty years, together with her partner Dan Geller, she has produced and directed critically acclaimed multi-character documentaries that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. In addition to Something Ventured: Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists, Goldfine and Geller's work include: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, Ballets Russes, Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors; Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S., FROSH: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994); and Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul (1988). Their latest documentary is HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, which debuted in September 2021 at the Venice International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, and is slated for a worldwide theatrical release in summer 2022. Goldfine was admitted to the Documentary Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2014.

Susan Hayase

Susan Hayase is a long-time activist in the San Jose area Japanese American community, and was a part of the grassroots movement for Japanese American redress, working in the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) and the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR.) She was a performing member of San Jose Taiko from 1980 through 1990, and she was appointed in 1995 to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board by President Clinton and served as its vice-chair. Susan has worked on projects for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), including the #DontExcludeUs series exploring parallels between Japanese American incarceration and other historic oppression including the Mexican Repatriation, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the Muslim Ban. She is one of the founders of San Jose Nikkei Resisters, a grassroots multi-generational community organization whose mission is to unite and mobilize the Japanese American community for a vigorous defense of civil liberties and social justice.

Christina Hodge

Christina J. Hodge is Academic Curator and Collections Manager of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections (SUAC) at the Stanford Archaeology Center, a museum collection of over 100,000 archaeological, anthropological, and artistic creations from California and around the world. Hodge an interdisciplinary museum anthropologist, historical archaeologist, and curator working in critical museum and heritage studies. She undertakes curation as a method of practice-based and inquiry-driven research. In this work, Hodge explicitly theorizes anthropological collections, analyzing practices--including digital practices--from a decolonial perspective. At SUAC, Hodge is responsible for daily operations and long-term planning across all areas of collections care, curation, and engagement. Hodge has an A.B. in anthropology from Harvard University, an M.A. in archaeological heritage management and Ph.D. in historical archaeology from Boston University.

Tom Izu

Tom Izu has been involved in the San Jose Japanese American community for many years, including in the grassroots movement for redress during the 1980s for the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and as the Executive Director of the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center located in Japantown. Tom currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and a member of its public programs team. Outside of the Japanese American community, Tom is a chapter leader of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California and is the immediate past Executive Director of the California History Center (CHC) at De Anza College where he also was the project director for the campus’ Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) US Department of Education program. He continues to serve as advisor to the CHC and coordinator of its civil liberties education program.

Katherine R. Jolluck

Katherine R. Jolluck is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University and the Faculty Coordinator of its Public History/Public Service Track.  She is also a Faculty Fellow at both the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Haas Center for Public Service.  She previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Naval Post-Graduate School.  A specialist on modern East European and Russian history, she focuses on the topics of twentieth-century Poland, the Second World War, women and war, women in communist societies, forced labor in the USSR, and human trafficking.  Her books include: Exile and Identity: Polish Women in the Soviet Union during WWII, and Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile (with Jehanne M Gheith).  Jolluck offers courses  on human trafficking and is active in the SF Bay Area anti-trafficking community, where she helped to create and serves on the steering committee of No Traffick Ahead.

Laura Jones

Laura Jones is Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist for Stanford University, responsible for stewardship of the university’s nearly 100 archaeological sites and 200 historic buildings. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1983, and a master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University (1985, 1990). Her archaeological experience includes serving as director of a number of major excavations of prehistoric occupation and cemetery sites in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works closely with the indigenous Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.  Primary themes in this work include mortuary treatment and subsistence strategies among complex hunter-gatherers. She has also conducted several historical archaeology projects and is currently leading the excavation of the monumental Men’s Gymnasium ruin, a site created by the Great Earthquake of 1906. Laura Jones also has a long-term interest in education.  She served as Senior Scholar and Director of Community Programs at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching from 2001-2006 and is the co-author of a major study of doctoral education, The Formation of Scholars, published in 2007.

Michael B. Kahan

Michael Kahan is the co-director of the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University, and a senior lecturer in Sociology. His interest in the historical transformation of urban space has led to publications on topics including the integration of streetcars in the 1850s, sanitation reform in the 1890s, the geography of prostitution in the 1910s, and redevelopment in California in the 1990s. His teaching includes courses on gentrification and on the history of San Francisco. He holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in history.

Jean Libby

Jean Libby is a retired instructor of African, African American, and U.S History at California Community Colleges (CCC) in northern California. Her writing and publishing career began with periodicals for the Palo Alto-Stanford NAACP and MidPeninsula CORE in the 1960s. As a mature student entering the University of California, Berkeley in the 1980s, her topic of original research, Technological and Cultural Transfer of African Ironmaking in Western Maryland, 1760-1850, is currently a primary research source for a Smithsonian Institution film. She is recognized as an independent scholar of John Brown, the abolitionist.

Oleg Lobykin

Oleg Lobykin is a Russian-born stone carver, masonry restoration contractor, and sculptor. He graduated from the Art College of Saint Petersburg, Russia, majoring in stone carving, sculpture, restoration of landmark architecture, and sculpture in stone. Lobykin is the owner of a small company, Stonesculpt, which specializes in masonry restoration and fine stone work. For more, see his website: He received the 2009 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation, and the 2016 Julia Morgan Awards in Craftsmanship and Artisanship, and Stone Sculpture from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, CA.

Valentin Lopez

Valentin Lopez is the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. The Amah Mutsun are comprised of the indigenous descendants forcibly taken to Missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz. Chairman Lopez is also the President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust which was established in 2012. He is a Native American Advisor to the University of California, Office of the President. He is also a Native American Adviser to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. The Amah Mutsun are currently working to restore their traditional indigenous knowledge regarding land stewardship so they can return to the path of their ancestors. Consequently, the Amah Mutsun are very active in conservation and protection efforts within their traditional tribal territory. Chairman Lopez is working to restore the Mutsun Language and is a traditional Mutsun singer and dancer.


Carli Lowe

Carli V. Lowe is the University Archivist at San Jose State University's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Her work is focused on studying and developing practices that shift collecting strategies, expand archival audiences, and improve the sustainability of archival institutions, with the goal of ensuring that archives are relevant to present needs and prepared for future challenges. Here is a link to one such initiative, the Black Spartans project at San Jose State. As a former elementary school teacher, Carli's interest in Information Science is rooted in her understanding of the power of information to transform individuals and communities. 


Henry Lowood

Henry Lowood is the Harold C. Hohbach Curator in the Stanford Libraries, responible for history of science & technology collections and for film & media collections at Stanford University. He also heads the Silicon Valley Archives. His most recent books are The Machinima Reader, published by MIT Press and co-edited with Michael Nitsche, Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon, also by MIT Press and co-edited with Raiford Guins, and the forthcoming EA Sports FIFA: Feeling the Game from Bloomsbury Academic Press, co-edited with Guins and Carlin Wing.


Micah Lubensky

Micah Lubensky, Ph.D., (he/him) has always held a deep passion for and dedication to social justice, with the goal of serving sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQ+), racial/ethnic minorities, and low-income communities. A social psychologist by training, he has spent his career in multiple community mobilization, health, and research settings. Micah spent nearly a decade as the Community Mobilization Manager at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, co-leading the Black Brothers Esteem program. There, Micah designed and implemented a Black LGBTQ+ history celebration in collaboration with program participants. That celebration grew and evolved into the "Generations Black LGBTIQQ History Event," whose Bay Area-wide planning committee Micah chaired or co-chaired for 7 years. Micah is currently the Participant Engagement Director at The PRIDE Study, the first national, longitudinal study of LGBTQ+ holistic health, where Micah tracks and improves the research participant experience.


Sapna Marfatia

Sapna Marfatia’s professional experience spans architecture, planning, urban design, historic preservation, and teaching. She has a B.A. in Architecture, and M.A.s in Urban Design and Liberal Arts. As a lecturer she has taught a freshman class on design thinking, and a few continued education classes on the Architectural History of the American Campus. Currently she is the Director of Architecture at Stanford University’s Architecture and Campus Design Office. At Stanford for over twenty years, she has participated in master planning, design, and construction of several prestigious projects including Bing Concert Hall, Anderson Collections, Windhover Contemplation Center, Denning House, and the transformation of Old Chemistry to Sapp Center and Peterson Labs to the d.School. Marfatia also partners with the university’s facilities group to create a long-term preservation vision for several iconic buildings on campus including Memorial Church, Hoover Tower, and Hanna House. Marfatia volunteers on several boards. For eight years she served as the Historical Commissioner for the City of Los Altos, as an AIA Board Director for Santa Clara Valley Chapter, and chaired the Design Awards Committee. Marfatia currently serves on the Board of Directors for Filoli—a National Trust Property—as the Property Committee Chair, and the Stanford Historical Society as the Tours and Events Committee Chair.


Natalie Marine-Street

Natalie Marine-Street is a specialist in oral history, women's history, and the history of businesses and institutions. Since the fall of 2015, she has worked as the manager of the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program. She leads workshops on oral history interviewing and project planning and has taught courses on oral history as a part-time lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in history from Stanford University in 2016, her M.A. from San Francisco State University, and her B.A. in history and American studies from American University. She also has start-up and executive management experience in the telecommunications industry.


Carol McKibben

Dr. Carol Lynn McKibben has engaged in community-based research projects on the Monterey Peninsula for thirty years, including the Salinas History Project, which aims to re-examine the historical development of the city of Salinas in regional, state, and national context. Her book on the city, Salinas: A History of Race and Resilience in an Agricultural City, was published by Stanford University Press in 2022. She  also served as director of the Seaside History Project from 2005-2012. Her book, Racial Beachhead: Diversity and Democracy in a Military Town (Stanford University Press, 2012) showed how federal investment and diversity of personnel stationed at nearby Fort Ord transformed a small community, Seaside, into an important center of civil rights activism in California.

Her first book, Beyond Cannery Row: Sicilian Women, Immigration, and Community in Monterey, 1915-1999, placed women at the center of a transnational migration story that focused on the ways migration re-shaped Sicilian fishing families as they moved back and forth from villages in Sicily to Monterey, California and, at the same time, altered the character of the city over the course of the twentieth century. An Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, McKibben has been teaching courses in California history, urban history and immigration history for the Department of History and the Urban Studies Program at Stanford University since 2006.


Alesia Montgomery

Alesia Montgomery is an independent researcher who conducts urban ethnographies. She works as the Subject Specialist for Sociology, Psychology, and Qualitative Data at Stanford Libraries, and she is a member of the Research Advisory Board for the Qualitative Data Repository at Syracuse University. Her book, Greening the Black Urban Regime: The Culture and Commerce of Sustainability in Detroit(Wayne State University Press, 2020), tells the story of the struggle to shape green redevelopment in Detroit.


Nathaniel Moore

Nathaniel Moore is an educator and archivist at the Freedom Archives and the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library. He is active in prisoner support work as well as other projects working to uplift voices of resistance.


Gary Mukai

Dr. Gary Mukai is the director of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. SPICE focuses its work in three areas: curriculum development for elementary and secondary schools; teacher professional development; and distance learning education. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Stanford University. He is the recipient of the Graduate School of Education Alumni Excellence in Education Award, Stanford University, 2017, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, Government of Japan, 2017.


Ann Myers

Ann K.D. Myers is Rare Books Cataloger in Stanford Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Previously, she was Special Collections Cataloger in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Special Collections Research Center. Her work involves creating the descriptions in the online catalog for rare book materials in Special Collections, which encompasses everything from 15th century printed books to 19th century pamphlets to 21st century artists’ books. She has served on several cataloging-related committees of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries, and has published and presented on the challenges of cataloging artists’ books and addressing cataloging backlogs. Her current work includes facilitating a university-wide Anti-Racist Description Discussion Group, for staff engaged in describing cultural heritage materials (rare books, manuscripts, archives, music, museum objects, and more) who wish to develop anti-racist practices in their work.


Ron Nakao

Ron Nakao is a senior librarian at Stanford with expertise in the areas of social science data, economics, and political science. Nakao has represented Stanford at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) for over 20 years and has taught in the ICPSR Summer Program on the delivery of data services as well as has led data bootcamps. In 2019, IPSCR honored Nakao with the 2019 William H. Flanigan Award for distinguished service and contributions. Nakao is also actively engaged with the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Alliance and is a long-time member of the International Association for Social Science Information, Service, and Technology. He has previously served on the ICPSR Council and DDI Alliance Boards. Nakao earned his PhD in education, MA in economics, and bachelor's degrees in economics and chemical engineering at Stanford University.


Mauricio Palma

Mauricio Palma. As a member of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Community Action Grants Program, Mauricio Palma  leads the Community Building Funds focused on arts and culture, faith, local journalism, and neighborhoods. Using a racial justice and equity lens, he works with community leaders, donors, and other funders to identify and support ideas, catalyze and amplify community-driven solutions. The Community Action Grants Program encourages community building efforts designed to strengthen local relationships, amplify residents’ stories and promote homegrown leaders by creating opportunities for equity in community problem solving across key lines of difference in Silicon Valley. An immigrant from Nicaragua, Mauricio graduated from Mission High School in San Francisco, California. He has a bachelor's in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.


Taylor Pennewell

Taylor Pennewell is the founder and executive director of Redbud Resource Group, a Native led organization focused on improving public health and education outcomes for Native communities. Taylor is a member of the Tyme Maidu Indians of Berry Creek Rancheria, in Oroville, California. She has a M.A. in Teaching, and served as a Middle School teacher before founding Redbud. Her work with Redbud has led to partnerships with the National Museum of the American Indian, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Save California Salmon, and a number of Tribal nations and organizations across the state of California.


Nick Perry

Nicholas Perry serves on the Board of Directors of the Mountain View Historical Association and is the author of two books on the history of Mountain View, his hometown. Nick has a passion for the history of the built environment and holds a Masters of City Planning and Bachelors in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007 to 2020, Nick worked for the San Francisco Planning Department on its urban design team, where he designed and managed major improvements to the city's public spaces. In 2020, he joined the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority where he is currently managing the creation of a master plan for over 1,400 acres of recently conserved public open space in Coyote Valley, south of San Jose. A descendent of Mexican American migrant farmworkers and Portuguese immigrants who settled in Santa Clara Valley early in the 20th Century, Nick is inspired by the region's cultural heritage and natural landscapes.


Veronica Peterson

Veronica Peterson is a doctoral candidate in anthropological archaeology at Harvard University. She has a B.A. in anthropology and Chinese from Vassar College. Peterson investigates the archaeology of U.S. Chinese diasporic communities, exploring the historical and contemporary roles of home cooking in community formation and care. She combines different methods archaeological science (e.g., paleoethnobotany, residue analysis, faunal analysis) and multiple lines of evidence (historical, material, ethnographic) to explore sustenance choices through cooking practices. Peterson is committed to public outreach and collaborative, community-based archaeology projects like Stanford’s Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters project. She has written about archaeology and commemoration of the transcontinental Chinese railroad workers for the anthropology magazine, SAPIENS.


Stephen Pitti

Stephen Pitti is a Professor of History, American Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. He is also the Founding Director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and the Associate Head of Ezra Stiles College. He is the author of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race, Mexican Americans, and Northern California (2003), American Latinos and the Making of the United States (2012), and articles on Latinx history and historiography. He has provided expert reports on the history of racial animus for federal civil rights cases, and he is currently writing a book entitled The World of César Chávez. Appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, he has delivered the Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture at the University of Texas and keynoted the Latinos/as in Historic Preservation National Conference. He co-edits the “Politics and Culture in Modern America” series for the University of Pennsylvania Press and serves on the editorial board for the journal California History. At Yale he has organized or co-organized conferences and academic gatherings focusing on Mexican Music and Social Justice; Racism and the Radical Right in Europe and the United States; Japanese American Wartime Incarceration; and New Directions in Ethnic Studies.

As a past member of the National Park Service Advisory Board and chair of the National Historic Landmarks Committee, Professor Pitti led an effort to identify, preserve, and interpret historic sites that capture a broad and more accurate history of the United States. He has taught courses about the Smithsonian and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale-Smithsonian Initiative. He has chaired Yale’s Faculty Advisory and Selection Committee for the Mellon-Mays and Bouchet Fellowships since 2006. He has worked as a reviewer for the American Council of Learned Societies and other foundations, and he has chaired postdoctoral selection committees designed to support scholars in Ethnic Studies and related fields. He is a past member of the Faculty Advisory Committee on Athletics, the Board of Directors of Freedom University in Atlanta, the Steering Committee of the McDougal Center in the Yale Graduate School, the Advisory Board for the Bracero History Project at the National Museum of American History, the Yale-NUS College Advisory Committee, the Yale University Budget Committee, the Standing Committee on Yale College Expansion, the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, the Yale Creative and Performing Arts Committee, the University Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming (in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre), and the Steering Committee for Yale College. Professor Pitti received a B.A. from Yale College and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has been a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego and a Visiting Scholar at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University.


Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez

Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez, Ph.D., is an historian who conducts research on civil rights, social justice movements, and electoral politics. He works in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford University. He also teaches Ethnic Studies at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, California. At Stanford he collaborates with the Director of Special Collections procuring archival research collections surrounding ethnic history, civil rights history, and social justice history. His recent projects have included the Bob Fitch Photography Archive, the David Bacon Photography Archive and publication of Work & Social Justice, the Dr. Marion Moses Papers, the Richard Rodriguez Papers, the Frank Bardacke Papers, and many other collections available for research at Stanford. 

From 2018 to 2020 he was a visiting scholar at the Latinx Research Center, University of California, Berkeley. His research focused on California history, and in particular, Chicano history and Chicano/Latino studies and Latino politics. Much of his work has focused on archival research that documents Mexican and Mexican American history. The history of Mexican labor in the United States necessarily includes the study of civil and voting rights and the generations of Mexicans who advocated for those rights. At Stanford he founded the Bracero Legacy Project, a public history and education outreach venture that incorporates archival material from the Ernesto Galarza Collection and oral history interviews Ornelas Rodriguez conducted with former braceros. On September 14, 2013, Ornelas Rodriguez was recognized by the California Assembly for his work as an organizer of the Bracero Memorial Highway Project. Dr. Ornelas Rodriguez currently serves on the board of directors of the California Institute for Rural Studies.


Everardo Rodriguez

Ever Rodriguez has been a resident of North Fair Oaks (NFO) for over 25 years, and has been doing community work for over 20 years with various Bay Area non-profit organizations, including the Green Branch Library (providing social justice library materials for children), El Tecolote (San Francisco’s oldest bilingual newspaper), the Stanford-Puente-Pescadero project (a Stanford School of Education interpretation program for immigrants in Pescadero, CA), and the Climate Ready North Fair Oaks collaborative effort to advance equity and environmental justice.

Ever has served the North Fair Oaks Council consecutively since 2015 and was the Chairman for four years. His education includes an MA in Library & Information Science from San Jose State University, and he works for the Stanford University Libraries as the Assistant Rare Books Librarian. He is part of the Bay Area’s letterpress printing community, and part of a traditional Mexican music coalition with members from all over the Bay Area who support cultural events and activism. Through his community activism, Ever is working to improve marginalized communities’ quality of life and enhancing opportunities for advancement in education, health, labor, housing, emergency preparedness, the environment, and other essential human needs.


Omowale Satterwhite

Frank J. Omowale Satterwhite is an organizational and community change consultant who completed a B.A. degree at Howard University, a M.S. degree at Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. degree at Stanford University.  Omowale is the President of Leadership Incorporated, a nonprofit consulting firm focused on building capacity for social change in communities of color. Omowale previously served as President of the National Community Development Institute, Acting Superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, and the Associate Dean and Chairman of African American Studies at Oberlin College. During his career as a nonprofit management consultant, Omowale has assisted more than 1,200 organizations in 120+ cities and 40+ states. 

From 1979 to 1983, Omowale was the lead organizer and campaign manager for the movement to incorporate the City of East Palo Alto. He now serves as Co-Manager of the East Palo Alto Community Archive, a five-year project to collect, share, promote, celebrate, and preserve the unique history of the East Palo Alto community for future generations.


Josh Schneider

Josh Schneider is University Archivist at Stanford University, where he partners with community members to collect, preserve, and make accessible Stanford administrative records, faculty papers, and materials documenting campus and student life. His case study on appraisal of electronic records appeared in a recent volume of the Society of American Archivists' Trends in Archival Practice series. He is a member of the Lighting the Way project, a year-long project led by Stanford University Libraries focused on convening a series of meetings focused on improving discovery and delivery for archives and special collections. Josh previously served as Community Manager for ePADD, open source software that uses named entity recognition to support the appraisal, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives. He also served on the editorial board of The American Archivist, Journal of Western Archives, and the blog of SAA’s Electronic Records Section (BloggERS!). He received an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College and a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University.


Bill Schroh

Bill Schroh was appointed President and CEO of History San Jose in July 2019. Bill earned his B.S. in Social Studies Education from State University College at Buffalo New York, and a Certificate of Historic Preservation from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. His career includes 10 years as the site manager of Van Cortlandt Manor, an historic house museum operated by Historic Hudson Valley and 20 years with the Liberty Hall Museum, a museum that he was able to create from the ground up. His professional experience includes more than three decades’ museum experience working in museums and consulting. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, and serves on the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation Board, the Sourisseau Academy Board, and the Japanese American Museum San Jose Advisory Board.


Annie Schweikert

Annie Schweikert is a Digital Archivist at Stanford Libraries, where she processes, describes, and makes accessible born-digital archival materials in Special Collections. As a member of the Born Digital Preservation Lab, she reformats and preserves legacy digital materials from across the library. In her work, she develops and documents workflows for digital preservation.  Photograph by Wayne Vanderkuil.


Felicia Smith

Felicia A. Smith is the Inaugural Racial Justice and Social Equity Librarian at Stanford Libraries. Felicia proposed the idea of the KNOW Systemic Racism (KSR) project, and is the visionary behind Stanford Libraries’ Say Their Names--No More Names exhibit. This forget-me-not exhibit is in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020. This exhibit includes three cases where government officials admitted to and apologized for systematic racism against Black people. Felicia creatively adapted the protest slogan “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police” to an educational setting by changing the spelling of the word “NO” to “KNOW.” The resulting KSR slogan reads, “KNOW Justice, KNOW Peace, KNOW Systemic Racism.” The KSR documents systematic discrimination perpetrated by institutionalized white supremacy and will highlight insidious interconnections starting with housing and policing.

Felicia formerly worked in the criminal legal system. She created an information literacy program using Kindles for inmates in a juvenile jail in Indiana. However, most people remember Felicia as a criminal defense private investigator in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in homicide and narcotics, and carrying a .357 Magnum revolver.


Ben Stone

Benjamin Stone is Curator for American and British History and Associate Director, Department of Special Collections. At Stanford Libraries since 2005, he focuses on coordinating teaching, public service, and outreach activities.  His collecting and research interests include Asian American history and documentary photography focusing on Civil Rights.


Garrett Trask

Garrett Trask. I am a Senior Campus Archaeologist for Heritage Services at Stanford University where I am primarily responsible for supervising field and lab work related to archaeological and historical resources on Stanford lands. I received my undergraduate degree in anthropology from Arizona State University in 2011 and then a master's degree in anthropology from San Francisco State University in 2016. My master’s research focused on understanding the geometric painted designs of Classic period Mimbres pottery (A.D. 1000 to 1130) from southwestern New Mexico. Before becoming a staff member at Stanford in 2016, I worked as field archaeologist for consulting firms based in Tucson and then in San Francisco. I also served in the U.S. Air Force National Guard as an aircraft mechanic from 2007 to 2013. My current work is focused on the history and archaeology intersecting Stanford lands, including Ancestral Ohlone heritage, California Gold Rush and post Gold Rush sites and settlements, as well as the history of the Stanford family and Stanford University. Learn more about my work.  Photo: Stanford University.


Roberto Trujillo

Roberto G. Trujillo currently is Associate University Librarian and Director of Special Collections and holds the endowed chair as the Frances & Charles Field Curator of Special Collections at Stanford University.  The Department of Special Collections assignment at Stanford includes direction, management, and supervision of the manuscript division, the program for rare books and the book arts collections, the exhibit and publications program, the public services program, and University Archives. Mr. Trujillo has been at Stanford since 1982 and has held numerous academic and administrative positions within the University Libraries -- including that of Curator for Latin American, Mexican American, and Iberian Collections; Head of the Humanities & Area Studies Resource Group; and Acting Assistant University Librarian for Collections.  Mr. Trujillo has numerous bibliographic publications to his credit, including seminal works on Chicano literature and during his tenure at Stanford has acquired well over 130 manuscript and archive collections particular the Mexican experience in the United States.  The collections of primary sources on Mexican Americans at Stanford are the largest in the United States.

Since assuming his present position with Special collections Roberto has been intimately involved in several major acquisitions, including the R. Buckminister Fuller Archive, the Wells Fargo Steinbeck Collection at Stanford, the personal papers and archive of Mexican artist Felipe Ehrenberg, the archive and personal papers of San Francisco artist Ester Hernandez, the archive of the making of Lewis Thomas’ Quartet (including preparatory and final prints by Joseph Goldyne, the archive of book artist Charles Hobson, a major collection of prints of Jose Guadalupe Posada.  Roberto has also systematically collected the works of Peter Koch (including the Koch archive), Charles Hobson, Derli Romero, Russell Maret, Matt Phillips, Julie Chen, Sam Winston, among many others.  More recently Stanford has acquired the archive of artist Amalia Mesa-Bains.   

Prior to his appointment at Stanford Mr. Trujillo held librarian positions with the University of California at Santa Barbara (1976-1982) and was also a lecturer for the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.  Trujillo has also taught graduate level courses for the library and information studies programs at both UCLA and the University of Arizona at Tucson.   Trujillo received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and his graduate degree in Library Science from California State University, Fullerton.  Mr. Trujillo has also held a consulting appointment with the California State Library.  Mr. Trujillo currently is a Board member for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project at the University of Houston since 1992 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Book Club of California 2011-2015 and was chairperson of the Book Club Publications Committee. Mr. Trujillo has also served as a member of the Fideicomiso Para La Cultura Mexico-Estados Unidos (1992-93).  Mr. Trujillo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mexican Museum from 1986 to 1991.  He rejoined the Board in January of 1999 and as chair of the Exhibitions Program Advisory Committee is a member of the Executive Committee and served through 2001.  In November of 2009 an interview of one hour in length was conducted with Trujillo by Michael Toms of New Dimensions Media that was broadcast nationally on New Dimensions Media radio program.  In 2009 the Stanford University Press published New Views on R. Buckminster Fuller for which Trujillo was co-editor with Hsiao-Yun Chu.


Kirsten Vega

Kirsten Vega is Program Associate at California Humanities, an independent nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She works as a key liaison for four statewide grant programs: Library Innovation Lab, California Documentary Project, and the Humanities for All Project and Quick Grant Programs, which offer grants between $5,000-$50,000 for public humanities projects. Kirsten offers support and counsel to grantseekers at all stages of their funding journeys, from public webinars to 1:1 guidance. Kirsten directs California on the Ballot, a virtual program series about California’s electoral life, now entering its second season. A lover of local history, Kirsten worked as a library and museum educator in Boston before moving to Berkeley, California in 2018.


Elisabeth I. Ward

Elisabeth I. Ward. An advocate for the role of museums in local communities, Dr. Elisabeth I. Ward began her career at the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum, where she worked with Native Alaskan and small communities in other parts of the Arctic and sub-Arctic. She holds a M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Museum Studies, and a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from University of California, Berkeley. As the child of an Icelandic immigrant, she navigates dual ethnicity, bilingualism, and dual-citizenship.


David Wessel

David Wessel is a Principal with Architectural Resources Group, an architectural firm on the west coast, and CEO of their partner company, ARG Conservation Services, a construction firm. He is a trained architectural conservator with more than thirty years of experience in the preservation of cultural resources. As a principal of ARG, David is responsible for all conservation projects and oversees the firm’s in-house conservation laboratory. His work has included conservation of a wide range of materials, including concrete, wood, decoratively painted plaster work, natural building stones, brickwork, and terra cotta.

Throughout his career, David has been actively involved with professional organizations and foundations with particular focus on San Francisco and the Peninsula. He previously served as a board member of the American Institute of Architect for the San Francisco Chapter. David was the co-chair of the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) task group that developed guidelines for masonry consolidants and was also active in developing guidelines for historic masonry pointing. He is an invited participant in the current development of guidelines for the use of biocides on historic outdoor structures and monuments by the National Park Service and an invited speaker on this topic at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. David has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and is the past chair of the Architectural Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). He is a Professional Associate of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, AIC, and a Fellow of APT. David is the immediate past President of San Francisco Heritage and is currently a board member of Filoli, a National Trust Property, located in Woodside, California.


Michael Wilcox

Michael Wilcox Is an Indigenous/Native American scholar (Yuman descent) who has taught at Stanford University since 2001. He received his Doctorate in Anthropology and Archaeology from Harvard University in 2001 where he was the instrumental in founding the Harvard University Native American Program in fulfillment of Harvard's 1638 charter as an Indian College. He has been on the faculty of Stanford since 2001, first as an Assistant and Associate professor of Anthropology and currently as a Senior Lecturer in Native American Studies in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He currently leads research projects from the Stanford Indigenous Archaeology Lab in the Archaeology Center and is a faculty affiliate in Stanford Earth: School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. He was awarded the 2021-23 Woods Institute Environmental Ventures Grant “HO‘I HOU KA LOKO: (Bridging Past, Present, And Future) Ahupua'a Community based Agriculture and Aquaculture” with Professor Peter Vitousek, Director of the Wrigley Program in Hawaii.

His recent publications include The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest: an Indigenous Archaeology of Contact (University of California Press) and (co-editor) Rethinking Colonial Pasts Through Archaeology (Oxford University Press). He serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area and is a founding board member of the Muwekma Ohlone Cultural Preservation Land Trust.

His current research involves documentation of Indigenous Rebellions and in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as ‘Aina based research and education with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) communities in Hamakua Hawaii. He is working on an interdisciplinary project about the Indigenous History of the San Francisco Bay Area (In Prep) “Claiming Home, Reclaiming History: Rebellion, Mobility and the Narratives of Invisibility Among California’s Bay Area Natives. In 2020 he received the Departmental award for Outstanding teaching in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Stanford Wilcox Indigenous Archaeology Lab website.


Fernando Zazueta

Fernando Zazueta. Born in México, I was brought by my single mother to the US at age 2 with two older siblings.  My extended family--maternal aunt and husband, both Mexican immigrant farmworkers--raised me as their own son. We lived in labor camps in Army surplus tents with dirt floors and kerosene lanterns for lighting.  We followed agricultural harvests in the San Joaquin and Santa Clara Valleys, counting 16 schools I attended until my uncle bought a two-bedroom house in East San José when we stopped moving around after I began high school.  That was the first time we had indoor plumbing and electricity.  The foregoing lays the basis for my later activism.

I graduated college and traveled for the first time as an adult to México where I learned I was heir to an entire other parallel culture to what I gained while growing up as a Mexican American boy. México City’s skyscrapers, subways, museums, folkloric dances and pyramids awakened an unfamiliar sense of pride in my Spanish language, culture and who I was. As a migrant farmworker I was never given reason to feel proud of that.  I returned to San José with a new perspective.  After working as a bank credit officer and stockbroker, I went to law school and became a lawyer. As a law student I wrote a law review article on the use of interpreters in criminal courts.  Later, I helped write the current law that requires official certification of language competency for anyone serving as a court interpreter.  I was founding Chair of the Mexican Heritage Corporation and the $34 million Heritage Plaza in East San José, a place where my community could learn about and celebrate our Mexican cultural heritage.  Seventeen years later I helped form and chaired La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley to identify, gather, and disseminate photos, stories, oral histories and information about the contributions of our large Latino population, something that had never been done.  At the time of our formation in 2016 there were about 50+ organizations in our area which dealt with similar histories. None dealt with our history.  We are changing that.