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. 


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.


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