Our Team


Gianna Rodriguez

Executive Director and Founder


Gianna Rodriguez is a visual and performing artist, choreographer, and educator living in Baltimore, MD. In 2007, she graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in the Liberal Arts and in 2014 she received a Masters in Education, Art k-12, from Goddard College. For her work with Baltimore Youth Arts she has received fellowships from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and the Open Society Institute - Baltimore.


Leisha Winley

Deputy Director


Leisha Winley is the Deputy Director of Baltimore Youth Arts. She was a 2017-2018 Baltimore Corps Fellow. Leisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Public Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Bomin Jeon

Communications Coordinator


Bomin Jeon is a multi-disciplinary artist from Seoul, South Korea who is now based in Baltimore, Maryland. She received BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art and received France-Merrick Fellowship for 2016-2017. She is also an organizing member of Press Press, an independent publishing initiative started in 2014 by the co-organizer Kimi Hanauer. 

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Warren Wiggins

Studio Apprentice Program Manager


“I was born and raised in Baltimore and attended Baltimore City Public Schools. I enjoy working with young people with the hope to empower them with positive thoughts and idea to guide them upon their path toward adulthood.”

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Luz Orozco

Screenprinting Facilitator / MICA France-Merrick Fellow


Luz Maria Orozco (b. Medellín, Colombia) is a Baltimore-based artist, organizer and yerbetera. They are currently studying Interdisciplinary Sculpture with a concentration in Printmaking at Maryland Institute College of Art and a received the France-Merrick Fellowship for 2018 & 2019. Orozco's practice also extends to teaching, organizing and activism around the themes of racial/social justice, immigration and incarceration. Some projects include ongoing collaborations with Roots & Raíces Festival and Get Your Life! Productions along with other youth-based organizations.


Avionna Fitzhugh

MICA Community Site Leader


“I'm Avionna Fitzhugh, a first year sculpture major. Over the past year I've gotten very involved in school life and community work, so when a friend recommended that I take part in community site leadership, it seemed like a perfect fit for my interests. Working at Baltimore Youth Arts this past semester has been a great experience and I honestly can't wait to see what the future holds.”


Jonathan Jacobs

Youth Opportunities Advisor


Jonathan has been a staff member of BYA since July 2016, first as the VISTA Studio Apprentice Program Coordinator, and currently as the Youth Opportunities Adviser. Jonathan helps connect BYA participants with pathways to employment, education, and training in order to help them achieve success. In addition to their work with BYA, Jonathan is an actor and teaching artist, and has worked with local theatre companies such as Baltimore Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and Single Carrot Theatre. 


Margaret Huey

Product Development Facilitator


Margaret Huey is a Thai-American cartoonist and educator based out of Baltimore, MD, forged in equal parts by manga, metal, mythology, and other things that don’t start with M. Her practice is founded in making genre fiction stuffed with queer, decolonial, and feminist ideals that try and help everyone be a little more excellent to each other.


Kendred Williams



Kendred Williams is our IT and Tech intern from NPOWER program. He will be maintaining BYA's computers by updating softwares and finding virus protection solutions. He hopes to continue to work in IT field after he graduates from the program. 


Brandon Buckson

Visual Arts Facilitator


Brandon Buckson is a Baltimore born artist working out of East Baltimore. Muralist and youth mentor Brandon aims to encourage future leaders to feel empowered and hopes to spread love through art.


Gianna Chun

MICA Community Site Leader


Gianna Chun is an artist from Hong Kong and Singapore, she is now based in Baltimore studying at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for her BFA in photography. Growing up in Beijing, the amalgamation of different cultures has led her work to address the nuances of identity through photography and fibres. Exploring relationships, journeys, intimacy, growth and change, especially through the LGBTQ+ community, cultural differences and societal pressures. 


Sehej Leen


Johns Hopkins University CIIP Intern

Sehej Leen is working with BYA through Community Impact Internship Program at Johns Hopkins University where she studies Molecular Cellular Biology and Public Health. She will be helping with administrative tasks, social media and summer programming.

Board Members

Diamonte Brown

Priya Bhayana

Dave Eassa

Ginevra Shay

Matthew Zernhelt