BOARD of directors
Mia Diawara is a Manager of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance at Y Analytics--the internal ESG & Impact capability of private investment firm TPG--where she manages climate change strategy across the TPG investment portfolio, advising portfolio companies on climate resilience and emissions reduction and assessing the impact of TPG's climate-related investments. Before joining TPG, Mia worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co. where she led diversity recruiting for the San Francisco Associate Consultant program and helped drive the implementation of Unconscious Bias & Inclusion training.
Mia holds an M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society—both from Stanford University--where she was actively involved in the dance community through student groups and faculty projects. She is humbled by the opportunity to support RMK in its mission.
Magali Duque is from Venice, CA. Magali has been an RMK Board Member since 2015. Having worked in the social sector for nonprofits addressing equity issues, researched inequalities at various policy institutes in California and London, and worked in fintech for an educational loan company, Magali has an interdisciplinary and intersectional background in addressing racial equity. Currently, she is a second year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she is active in student and university affairs as a representative on Student Government and the Faculty Appointments Committee, an Executive Board Member of Penn’s Black Law Students Association, a VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Penn Law Women’s Association and the Online Managing Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Magali received her MSc in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016, where she co-authored a number of publications on inequality at the Center for Analysis on Social Exclusion. Magali graduated from Stanford University in 2015 with where she received her BA in History with a focus in Global Affairs and a Minor in Modern Languages (French and Spanish). At Stanford, she co-led Robert Moses’ Summer Program Modern Dance Intensive along with board member Mia Diawara and participated in a number of his dance classes and on-campus productions. Magali loves dancing, travelling and nurturing a daily yoga practice.
Laura Elaine Ellis is co-founder and Director of the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition, co-presenters of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now (BCF). Her work has been recognized by the State of California and the Alameda Arts Commission for preserving African American art and culture. Ellis performs and choreographers with Dimensions Dance Theater and Flyaway Productions; she is the community outreach coordinator and co-curator for the SF Dance Film Festival’s Raising Voices program, and has served over 25 years on faculty for the Dance Departments at the Athenian School and CSU Eastbay. Ellis served as an Advisory Committee member for RMK, before being invited to join the Board.
Amy Iftekhar has been working in philanthropy for 15 years, with prior volunteer and work experience at local nonprofit and county health programs. She has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a photographer, enjoys international travel, and actively supports her kids’ budding artistic endeavors. She joined the RMK Board in 2017 with the intention of being involved in an inspiring, local Bay Area organization.
Since founding Robert Moses' Kin (RMK) in 1995 in San Francisco, Robert Moses has created numerous works of varying styles and genres for his highly praised dance company. Moses has worked collaboratively with numerous artists and organizations, toured his company nationally and internationally, received a host of awards, and composed original scores for several of his dances. In addition to his work with RMK, Moses has choreographed for many dance, opera, and theater companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, San Francisco Opera, and Lorraine Hansberry Theater. An alum of California State University Long Beach and a highly regarded master teacher, Moses has taught on several campuses, including Mills College, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, where he served as dance lecturer and Choreographer-in-Residence from 1995-2016. He has taught at festivals throughout the US and internationally, including Bates Dance Festival, OPEN LOOK St. Petersburg International Dance Festival, and Serendipity Arts Festival.
Jamie Ray Wright is a former musician, a graduate from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and the University of San Francisco with an MBA in Marketing. He is a longtime member of the Board of Directors for Robert Moses Kin, on the Isadora Duncan Awards Committee and a former board member for Push Dance Company and Tim Rubel Human Shakes.
As a choreographer, his work has been presented throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at the Black Choreographers Festival/Here and Now, where his choreography opened the 2009 season. In 24 Views and the Pilot Program at ODC Theater, Collaborations! Dance: Music at the Cowell Theater and in 12 annual seasons at Dance Mission. He has also been commissioned to create works for And Still Dancing and the Opera Frontiers.
In 2012 he choreographed the acclaimed Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by author Anne Rice, which had its world première at Dance Mission.