YBCA 100

The List
The YBCA 100 is an annual list of the creative minds that inspire our work. We believe they are asking the questions and making the provocations that will shape the future of culture.
The Summit

On November 5, 2016, YBCA held the second annual YBCA 100 Summit where we explored how art and culture can create societal change. Led by YBCA 100 list makers, we invited Bay Area citizens to help us name and interrogate the urgent questions facing our community.

Details on the 2017 Summit coming soon!

The 2016 YBCA 100
826 Valencia
Writing center for under-resourced children
Komal Ahmad
Founder and CEO of Copia
Lexi Alexander
Film Director
Edgar Arceneaux
Artist and Co-founder of the Watts House Project
Nikki Fortunato Bas
Executive Director of Partnership for Working Families
Hilary Bass
Executive Director of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League, Alameda County
Harry Belafonte
Activist and Entertainer
W. Kamau Bell
Lisa Bielawa
Composer and Vocalist
Sanford Biggers
Black Lives Matter
Global movement
Mykki Blanco
Artist and Activist
Tania Bruguera
Artist and Activist
Kimberly Bryant
Founder of Black Girls Code
Karla Castañeda
Jeff Chang
Author and Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University
Adrian Chen
Conflict Kitchen
Social practice restaurant
Ryan Coogler/Blackout for Human Rights
Film director and Activist
Sarah Crowell
Artistic Director of Destiny Arts Center
Cesar A. Cruz
Poet, Educator and Activist
Teddy Cruz
Architect, Urbanist and Professor
Lily Tung Crystal
Actor/Singer & Founding Artistic Director, Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company
Stephen Curry
Point guard, Golden State Warriors
Daveed Diggs
Actor and Rapper
Michelle Dorrance
Choreographer and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance
Kimberly Drew
Founder of Black Contemporary Art tumblr
Ana Teresa Fernandez
Collaborative art practice
Deborah Fisher
Executive Director of A Blade of Grass
Imani Gandy
Journalist, Lawyer, and Reproductive health activist
Arlene Goldbard/US Dept of Arts and Culture
Cultural activist
Anne Hamburger
Cultural activist
The Harrison Studio/Helen Mayer & Newton Harrison
Eco-art collaborators
Tahir Hemphill
Designer and Researcher
Humans of New York
Sara Knox Hunter
Founder of Summer Forum for Inquiry + Exchange
Lars Jan
Daniel Alexander Jones
Van Jones
Attorney, Author, and Activist
Jay Caspian Kang
Erica Kochi
Co-Lead of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit
Kerry Laitala
John Jota Leaños
Artist and Educator
Tina Lee
Founder and CEO of Mothercoders
John Legend
Entertainer and Activist
David Leventhal/Dance for PD
Damian Lillard
Point guard, Portland Trail Blazers
Madeleine Lim
Executive Director, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
Restaurant group
Mark de Clive-Lowe
Musician, Producer and DJ
Marshawn Lynch
Taylor Mac
Performance Artist
Mammalian Diving Reflex
Research-Art Atelier
Kerry James Marshall
Joy Mboya
Executive Director, Godown Arts Centre
Steve McQueen
Lara Mendel
Executive Director and co-founder of The Mosaic Project
Content platform
Mina Morita
Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater
Brandan Odums
Artist and Filmmaker
Liz Ogbu
Designer and Urbanist
Okwui Okpokwasili
Writer and Choreographer
Jenni Olson
The Ovarian Psycos
Feminist biker brigade
Jen Pahlka
Code for America
The People’s Kitchen
Food-centered activism
Dan-El Padilla Peralta
Professor at Princeton University
Maria Popova
Founder of BrainPickings.org
Laura Weidman Powers
CEO of Code2040
Quiet Lightning
Literary organization
Andy and Deborah Rappaport
Founders, Minnesota Street Project
Gina Rodriguez
Actress and Activist
Tom Sachs
Dance Collective
Reshma Saujani
Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
School of Unity and Liberation
Educational movement
Shannon Scrofano
Designer and Educator
Rev. Osagyefo Sekou & Jay-Marie Hill
Activist pastor and musical collaborator
Mark Slee
Founder of Heron Arts
Danez Smith
Vocalist and songwriter
Justin Steele
Principal, Google.org
Amandla Stenberg
Bryan Stevenson
Founder of Equal Justice Initiative


Elizabeth Streb
Studio for Urban Projects
Design collective
Josh Tetrick
Food-tech entrepreneur
Hank Willis Thomas
Vien Truong
Director of Green For All
Ubuntu Theater Project
Artist collective
Holcombe Waller
Artist and Composer
Alice Waters
Chef and Activist
Carrie Mae Weems
Artist and Activist
What Matters Most
Filmmaking collective
Emmaly Wiederholt
Creator, Dancing Over 50 project
Wildflowers Institute
Non-profit organization
Mabel O. Wilson
Architect, Researcher and Educator
Andrea Zittel