Talented. Dedicated. Passionate.
Relentless, aka HoneyBadgers.
BAYCAT’s ongoing success results from the efforts of our students, their families, and the networks of support and encouragement we forge together.
Founder, President & CEO
Villy had a crazy dream: to create a new kind of social enterprise that helps kids who, like her, grew up in the projects. Raised by an immigrant single mother in New York City, Villy’s desire to tell her story forged a passion for using the digital media arts to capture stories untold and to create social change. That’s why she founded BAYCAT, leveraging her impressive 25-year background in education, arts programming, nonprofit business and law. Villy received her double B.A. in Engineering and Economics from Brown University, J.D. degree from Northwestern University, and her teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Villy filmed and produced a short entitled, “Unplugged,” that was featured in the 2005 Marin Environmental Film Festival. She is also fluent in Mandarin.
Vice President, Studio & Academy
Katie has a B.A. in Theater from San Francisco State University and is passionate about youth and their exposure to the arts. Before finding BAYCAT she worked in local theater as a director and actor as well as volunteering at after school programs working with youth living in low income housing. Since starting at BAYCAT Katie has used her expertise in project management and career counseling to build a pathway from education to employment; growing the BAYCAT Pathways Internship Program and making connections with local studios to place our students after they graduate from BAYCAT Academy. When she isn‘t at BAYCAT, she’s either working on producing documentaries or writing a blog about theater in San Francisco.
Meet Our Board
When I am at BAYCAT, I feel that I am giving back to that kid in me who wanted to make movies, but didn‘t know how. It’s been an honor to teach youth something I‘ve learned about the movie production business, and to empower young people, who wouldn’t normally have access nor opportunities to pursue careers in this challenging field, to break through. I would have dreamed to have a BAYCAT when I was a kid, and now, I love making it happen for other youth and connecting them with the industry.
Chair, 10 Years Bold Committee
I‘m a board member because BAYCAT makes a real difference in the lives of the youth it serves. As a mentor to BAYCAT interns, I’m championing the next generation of digital media professionals. BAYCAT means building skills, generating confidence, creating opportunities. BAYCAT changes lives in front of your eyes.