from the community, for the community!



David Sun Kong 
Founder | Director
Linked In | Photography | Email

Synthetic biologist, community organizer, photographer, musician. Passion for bringing technology to the people and empowerment through the arts.  Loves his community. And whatever you're having for dessert.

Amanda Zhang
Executive Director

Amanda is a community organizer and writer who thinks a lot about oppression, the economics of things, and femme as a political identity. For her, optimism is necessary. 


Karen Su
Design Director

Karen aspires to use software & data for social good. She enjoys reading, drawing, dancing, and finding new perspectives. Sometimes too meta to function. Theme song = “everything is awesome”

Francesca Huynh
Operations Team

Ad techie, community activator, and photographer with writerly tendencies. Her favorite activities include listening to podcasts and hollowing cantaloupe with a large spoon.

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Rob Foley
Building Manager

Rob enjoys fixing things, inspecting things, organizing things, and generally the world of things. And people too, they are extremely awesome. He also drums, hikes, canoes, and drinks lots of milk.

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Ricky Orng
East Meets Words Program Lead
Portfolio | Email

Curating spaces and talking smack in his go-to forms of art. Ricky enjoys dancing, designing, photography, and poetry.

Simone Labony Labbance         Development Director
Linked In | Email

Wellesley College graduate passionate about Asian American Studies and music. Hardcore Vermonter. Plays the flute, sitar, and dances Bollywood. Simone also performs with the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band.

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Richard Lopez
Asst. Design Director
Soundcloud | Email

Rich moved to Boston From Cali at age 6. EMW Graphic Designer, DJ, and sleep deprived student. He just wants to nap, make art, and make a difference.

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Sruthi Narayanan
Communications Director

Storyteller, musician, curator of whimsy, and staunch defender of art as a healing power. Sruthi works for a behavioral marketing startup and is lowkey panicking at how many books she owns. 

Ludjy Derisier
East Meets Beats Organizer

Producer, Podcaster, and Video Editing Enthusiast! Ludjy is the current curator for the East Meets Beats producer showcase and loves terrible puns.


Jehan Sinclair
Community Library Lead


Sam K. Yoon
Library Warden

Cataloguer, writer, and occasional artist. Will ruin a party by talking endlessly about stereotyping in media and eating all the snacks. Should be invited to every party. Doing their best to be brave. Please talk to them about dragons.


Cai Diluvio
Gallery Co-Lead

Advocate of Soul Recovery. Cai has a background in Studio Painting/Ceramics & Art History, and is also currently working as a TA for visual arts in several public schools around Boston.

Stephanie Lee
Gallery Co-Lead


Christine An
Development Strategist

Intergalactic conduit for goodness. Called "Stine." Event paladin for Drink Salon on Tech & Ethics. Fiction editor. Stand-up comedian. Scope at

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Melissa Teng
Design Team

Melissa is a time-traveling 20-something who, after a brief romantic coming-of-age space western in Houston, is back in Boston working as a web designer.

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Julianne Papetsas
Volunteer Coordinator

Julianne is a high school English teacher and art enthusiast who dabbles in various creative pursuits from writing to visual art and everything in between.  She hails from Provincetown, MA and ever will be "The Kid at the Beach"


Ally Ang
Development Associate

Ally Ang is a writer and a Pisces whose interests include social justice, ending capitalism, and creating things. You can contact Ally on Twitter and Instagram @TheOceanIsGay, or through astral projection.


Melee Lee
Assistant Building Manager

Board Certified Awkward Turtle. biology student and stage manager with Artist's Theater of Boston. dabbler in things (art, music, dance, stuff). cuddly chronic insomniac who likes pasta, writing angsty poetry, hugs, and dank memes.

Keerthi Shetty                                                StreetBio Community Lab Lead                Email

Biologist, community engager, STEM mentor and education advocate, social good supporter, policy enthusiast, nature lover, dancer, and chronic chocoholic

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Çaca Yvaire
EMW Operations Team

Creative Economy Consultant  Navigating relationships, systems, and data


Justin (Juan) Vistro
East Meets Words Program Co-Lead

Removing the veil between Filipinos. Artist platformer. In house coffee consultant.





Kai Huang
Artist in residence

Spoken word poet. Fourth-year Harvard medical student. Likes Tribe and Wu-Tang. Dislikes old people. Shout out to H-Mart Cambridge. Shout out to Korean girls who wear snapbacks.

Scooter Oyama
Artist in residence

AKA goyama AKA yungluffy AKA kawaii. Possibly world's only beat maker / future speech language pathologist / and ramen connoisseur <3<3

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Keizo Amakawa
Studio Manager

An excessively time-conscious developing audio enthusiast fascinated by all forms of art. Coming from the west coast to make the coolest studio and label on the east coast.

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Alahna Watson
Illustrator | Designer

Artist, designer, and part time procrasti-napper. Sparks dialogue about race and class by spray painting fried chicken. Likes fight movies, comic books, and vanilla pudding.


Kathryn Waterman
Graphic Designer | Photographer

A freelance graphic designer, photographer, painter, drawer. Joined EMW team 2014 and has never looked back. Active, open, creative, jack of all trades, and fun sized! 

Ellie Tiglao
Programs Director

Polymath, polyglot. Progeny of Pacific paradise. Purveyor of pastries and Pilipino pamangan. Peter Piper peer with a palate for politics and a penchant for pedals, percussion and puzzles.


Gene Shinozaki
Beast Box program lead
Facebook | Youtube | Soundcloud


Jeffrey Cott
Design Director

Designer and musician.


Hongye Wu
EMW Gallery Co-Lead

Hongye Wu recently graduated from Tufts University with Political Science and Art History degrees. She intends to tell stories in a both political and artistic way. 


Mateo Mendoza
Youth Science Initiative Coordinator

Jammin' jazz pianist, sleepless scientist, aspiring healer-educator, and nationally-ranked tetris champ from South Central Los Angeles. He has a deep disdain for wet socks and endless love for rainy days.


Ryūhi Segreto

Programmer, writer, artist, dancer, and armchair philosopher. Ryuhi works for a health-tech startup and manages their son's Instagram presence. They hate wearing socks and love a good meme.