Staff

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Erica Kohl-Arenas

Faculty Director

Erica Kohl-Arenas is an Associate Professor in American Studies at the University of California, Davis, and the Faculty Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. …more.

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Mina Matlon

Managing Director

Mina Para Matlon is an arts organizer, researcher, attorney, artist, and cultural equity advocate. …more.

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Erin Syoen

Operations and Events Manager

Erin Syoen has served as the Operations Manager for Imagining America since 2017, with a focus on event management and business operations. …more

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Pepiro (Jose Gutierrez)

Communications Director

Pepiro began his professional career as a graphic designer in international companies in the areas of Advertising, Editorial, and Branding in Mexico City. …more

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Trina Van Schyndel

Membership Director

Trina Van Schyndel is the Membership Director for Imagining America, and she also coordinates the Joy of Giving Something (JGS) Fellows program. …more

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Christina Preston

Research Associate

Christina Preston is a research associate for Imagining America’s Leading and Learning Initiative. She graduated with a master’s of science in community and regional development from UC Davis in 2016. …more

Matthew Foster

Financial Analyst

Financial Analyst Matthew Foster brings over 20 years of accounting experience to Imagining America. Most recently he served as a Budget Analyst for the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. …more