McCrae A. Parker
McCrae A. Parker has over 20 years of experience in the youth development, workforce development and media education fields through his work with organizations such as Just Think!, Children Now, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the San Francisco Conservation Corps. McCrae served as Managing Director at ZeroDivide (San Francisco, CA) where he managed technology capacity building and broadband expansion projects for under-resourced and under-served communities in California and the Western US. Prior to ZeroDivide, he served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Youth Radio, a national youth journalism and media training organization based in Oakland, CA. At Youth Radio, McCrae was charged with the development of innovative local and national program models that supported young people’s education and career exploration, 21st century workforce readiness, and media production. McCrae studied Comparative Literature and Film at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.
Mark Wolf Podlasly
A member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation located in the Pacific Northwest, Mark is an independent consultant who assists indigenous and local communities to identify and engage local economic, social and education opportunities. A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the HKS Centre for Public Leadership, Mark develops and delivers strategy and leadership programs for urban communities, tribal governments and regional financial institutions to better understand and benefit from proposed urban land redevelopment, energy/mining/transportation infrastructure, and community financial trust management. Previously Mark ran a successful executive education practice in Asia, Europe and the US, designing corporate strategy and leadership programs for clients including GE, Unilever, General Mills, Clorox, and Goldman Sachs.
Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf
Dr. Wolf is a Principal at WolfBrown, a nationally recognized cultural planning and nonprofit arts consulting agency. As a researcher at Harvard Project Zero, she led studies on the early development of artistic and symbolic capacities. She directed Project PACE (Projects in Active Cultural Engagement) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on youth as vital, but often ignored, forces in cultural planning. More recently, she has pioneered evaluation studies that build the capacities of organizations, funders, and the communities they serve, co-authoring More Than Measuring, a longitudinal study of the effects of arts-based learning, sponsored by Big Thought, a 50-organization consortium in Dallas. Wolf has published widely on issues of assessment, evaluation, artistic, and imaginative development. Her work shows a commitment to increasing youth’s access to learning featuring inquiry, innovation, and imagination both in and out of school. In 2013, she was awarded the National Guild Service Award from the National Guild for Community Arts Education.