Our Team

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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.  


Luz Orozco

Screenprinting Facilitator,

MICA France-Merrick Fellow

Info and pic coming soon!


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. 


Brandon Buckson

Visuals Facilitator

Info and pic coming soon!

Board Members

Diamonte Brown

Priya Bhayana

Dave Eassa

Ginevra Shay

Matthew Zernhelt