Ken Ikeda

Executive Director, Bay Area Video Coalition

For the past decade, Ken has been engaged in community work focused on creating opportunities to participate meaningfully in society through storytelling, media and technology. Ken is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC).

The 31-year-old organization is the leading independent non profit media arts and training center in the United States, serving the digital media industry, producers and next generation storytellers. Prior to BAVC he was founder and Executive Director of Youth Sounds, a network of after-school digital music and video programs which merged with BAVC in 2006 to form the country's largest network of after-school youth media programs.

In his previous work, he has been a program manager for New York City's Department of Homeless Services, a policy analyst for New York University's Institute for Education and Social Policy, a graduate researcher with the Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, a community organizer with the East Bay Asian Youth Center, and a special consultant to San Francisco State University's Institute for Next Generation Internet. Ken is a founding member of San Francisco Mayor Newsom's Digital Media Advisory Council and served as chair of California Governor Schwarzenneger's Broadband Task Force Education working group. He is currently a board member of the Youth For Service Scholarship Fund, The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC),, and the moving images and preservation focused New Art Trust which represents the collective interests of the Tate Modern, SFMOMA and MOMA. Ken is also co-architect of the public interest media and education network, National Public Lightpath, as well as the Millennial Producer's Network, which seeks to populate future fiber networks and multi-platform environments as the next generation's Children's Television Workshop. His work in education extends to the bridging of formal and informal settings, as the co-author of the "mobile asset" and learner equity driven educational media learning model, Digital Pathways. He is a graduate of Columbia College in New York and completed his graduate studies in Education Anthropology at Stanford University.


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