About YBCA


Opened to the public in 1993, YBCA was founded as the cultural anchor of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood. Our work spans the realms of contemporary art, performance, film, civic engagement, and public life. Centering artists as essential to social and cultural movement, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves.

Our Mission

We believe that culture is an essential catalyst for change.

Therefore, it’s the responsibility of arts institutions to spur and support societal movement.

Our mission is to generate culture that moves people.

YBCA’s Prioritized Communities

Language matters. YBCA is committed to doing the best we can to find and use the words to ensure that people are seen and acknowledged and that we are accountable to our commitment to social, racial, and economic equity and justice. This list of our prioritized communities was honed through consultation with social practice artists from multiple communities and backgrounds and is meant to call folks into participation with us. However, we know that language has power and words and labels can cause harm, and can easily exclude many people. We also understand that language, when careful, can lift and empower all of us. Most of all, we embrace that language is accountable and necessarily dynamic. We will keep on listening, responding and adjusting the words we use and the actions we take.

American Indian and Alaska Native
Asian and Asian American
Black and African American
Indigenous and Indigena
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, +
Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian
Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian

Leadership Team

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Board of Directors

Renuka Kher
Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship,
San Francisco, CA
Board Chair

Jeff Chang
Vice President of Narrative,
Arts and Culture, Race Forward,
Oakland, CA
Board Member

Amy Eliot
Design Principal at Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture,
San Francisco, CA
Board Member

Nancy Levinson
Editor and Executive Director
of Places Journal,
San Francisco, CA
Board Member

Laura Livoti
Philanthropic Advisor and
Nonprofit Consultant,
San Francisco, CA
and New Orleans, LA
Board Member

Nazli Parvizi
Government and Nonprofit Consultant, Anthropologist and Chef,
San Francisco, CA
Board Member

Corinne Sklar
Chief Marketing Officer of IBM iX,
San Francisco, CA
Board Member

Sunya Berkelman Rosado Anthropologist and Community Organizer,
San Francisco, CA
Board Member

Clyde Valentin
Director of Ignite/Arts Dallas at SMU Meadows School of the Arts,
Dallas, TX
Board Member

Zak Williams
Founder of New Co.,
Los Angeles, CA
Board Member

Helen Sause
Former Deputy Executive Director,
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency,
Alameda, CA

Annual Report

Our mission is made possible by our stakeholders, those invested in ensuring that we can continue our work. Explore this past fiscal year’s highlights.

2019-20 Audited Financial Statement

2019-20 IRS Form 990

Past Annual Reports and Financials →