Creative Director + Co-Founder
Mr. Kwong is an award-winning writer, producer and game inventor who began at KQED in San Francisco, producing for "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" and "Frontline," then was promoted to Executive Producer of Arts & Culture at KCET in Los Angeles. During his tenure at these two PBS stations, Kwong's work won 9 Emmys, an Ohio State Journalism award and a duPont-Columbia award. In the 1990s, Kwong became the long-form creative director for Colossal Pictures, renowned for its cutting edge filmmaking that gave MTV and Nickelodeon its distinctive look. In 2000, Kwong joined Mondo Media to executive produce dozens of online cartoons that defined the genre. He moved on to University Games, not only as a game inventor, but to develop an animated Dr. Seuss series for PBS Kids. As a writer, Kwong wrote the pilot for PBS's "Cyberchase" and the film adaptation of the novel, "Nim's Island" starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. His adaptation of the National Book Award finalist, "Sold", goes into production this year. He was a game design consultant for Sony Playstation games and iWin online games.
Executive Producer + Co-Founder
Jeff brings over twenty years of experience in the media world as a creator, producer and senior executive. In addition to working at notable entertainment companies in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Jeff was a founder of award-winning entertainment company, Wild Brain, where he demonstrated that a prosperous, creative community will flourish within a truly collaborative work environment. At Wild Brain, Jeff oversaw development on nearly every film, television, commercial, and new media project the studio produced. He has created original animated series for network television outlets from Burbank to Berlin, supervised feature film elements for major US studios, and produced hundreds of hours of award-winning shorts, commercials, and internet content.
Chief of Technology
Bob has a long and extensive experience in the development, deployment and management of software systems ranging from desktop applications to web applications with an emphasis on systems that have strong algorithmic or data analysis components. Bob was cofounder and CEO of Prevision Inc. where he directed software and algorithm development as well as overall management of the company. Prevision was acquired by Fair Isaac (NYSE: FICO) in 1998. Bob worked at Fair Issac for 4 years as the Vice President of Decision Technology. In 2010 he cofounded and served as the CTO of 360LifeCare, a web service that helps families coordinate the care for their aging parents. Bob received his Ph.D. from Stanford in Engineering Economic Systems and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Mr. Takahashi is the former Chairman, co-founder and Chief Creative Director of Colossal Pictures. He spearheaded branding campaigns for MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel. His fascination with the forms of media-driven experiences has led him to the development of branding, interface design and navigation architecture for clients such as Excite, Americast, WebTV, Microsoft, VH1, Real Networks, Replay Networks and web/TV content for Disney Channel, Mondo Media, and MTV.
Chief Inspiration Officer
Ms. Kwong graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Columbia University where she majored in urban studies, focusing on city schools and tech-based educational interventions. Her experience also includes a Film & Multimedia Fellowship at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy studying under the prominent sociologist, Sudhir Venkatesh. Ms. Kwong has been featured in Vogue, New York Times' T Magazine and multiple style blogs for her work in the tech and creative fields.
Luciano began his career in technology at Stone & Youngberg LLC maintaining data networks and telecommunication systems. His philosophy to constantly find better ways to solve problems and improve business processes led him to OOP (object oriented programming) in Java and eventually Ruby (and Rails). At Nuvana, Luciano is the Rails engineer who helped build many of the company's successful games such as InterroBang and JAM. Outside of code, he loves playing guitar and going out for long walks. Luciano holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems from San Francisco State University.
Evan Kleiman is a culinary multi-tasker. Not a "foodie" — she characterizes herself as a food geek. As the host of "Good Food" on 89.9 KCRW-FM and kcrw.com, Evan has conducted 6,000+ interviews over the past 14 years. She also makes food and has worked as a chef for over 30 years, most recently as the chef-owner of Angeli in Los Angeles for 27 years. She's written 6 cookbooks and is active in working toward a sustainable food system in California through her work with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and the statewide organization Roots of Change which recently facilitated the timely document Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture. She was the founding leader of the LA Slow Food Convivium for 8 years. Evan also teaches cooking classes and leads food tours of Italy and Los Angeles. She loves Pie.
Ms. Morioka-Estrada has extensive experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors, including 13 years with the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that supports and promotes national service. As the Deputy Region Director for Programming with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Pacific Region, Sharon was responsible for overseeing the development of community service projects for teams of young people in the ten-state region, as well as the development and implementation of a comprehensive Corps training and service learning program. Prior to joining AmeriCorps NCCC, Sharon was the Coordinator for the Forum on Public/Private Social Concern, a three-year project of The Union Institute Center for Public Policy (a Washington, DC-based public policy research center specializing in non-profit government sector issues); she also served as the Human Services Coordinator for the City of Chula Vista (California) Parks and Recreation Department, and a combined ten years with United Ways in San Diego, California and Tacoma, Washington.