Board of Directors

Board photographs by Centa Schumacher.
We also want to thank our Past Board Members' dedication to Art With Impact.


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Jennifer Ancona
Board Member

Jennifer spent her formative years in rural South Carolina and had the opportunity to work amongst film in college. As a student forming her opinions of the world, she became interested in this medium and its impact on her life, her future, and her perspective. 

Though her interest in art was strong, Jennifer's natural skill set was in business. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she moved to Columbus, OH to begin her financial services career with a Fortune 500 company. Following her passion for work to reflect her values, Jennifer moved to California to exclusively work with family owned, investment advisory firms. This allowed continued growth in her career while also affording her the time to make philanthropic contributions to her community. 

Since moving to California in 2007, Jennifer co-founded Red Scissors Alliance (RSA), a non-profit organization that allowed graduates with foreign exchange experience to develop community-specific, microfinance programs in their host countries.  Jennifer has also volunteered with local non-profits including Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Not For Sale campaign. After spending time in Oakland, she connected with CineSource magazine and volunteered as an editorial assistant.  

Jennifer is an avid hiker, novice sailor and rivals Cesar Milan in dog whispering. She lives in a communal home in Oakland and strives to be an active community member.

Photo by Centa Schumacher
Katie Guernsey
Treasurer

Drawn to the creative and eclectic, Katie powered her way through a B.S. in Computer Science by taking art history classes at UCSB. After a few bouts with engineering companies and living abroad, she found that her analytical skills could serve the work she loved most; she began working in capacities ranging from development to database administration to event programming at arts organizations such as the City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division and the Museum of Latin American Art. Wanting to formalize her understanding of the field, she obtained a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon and was the primary coordinator of the Center for Arts Management and Technology’s first Technology in the Arts conference in 2006.

Currently as Principal at Kite Launch Consulting, she is contracted for special projects as a business analyst and product manager. Past work includes helping to launch the L.A. Music Center’s website, providing analysis support to NTEN and Mobile Active, and researching and developing the domain of grants management solutions for Idealware and Fluxx Labs. She arrived to San Francisco to help nonprofits implement their website solutions at PICnet in 2007, and had a stint as a Systems and Operations Wizard for the Mozilla Foundation in 2010.

From sunny Ojai, CA, Katie stays warm in SF by taking yoga and ballet classes, and traveling to foreign lands.

Photo by Centa Schumacher
Alison Hanson
Vice President

A recent transplant to San Francisco from New York City, Ali began her career working in progressive theater at the Lincoln Center Studios, @45Below, the Culture Project and with Fractured Atlas. She made the move to film by producing the award-winning documentary Back to Bosnia, which premiered at the Amnesty International Film Festival. From there, she co-founded Alternate Plan Productions, a company dedicated to creating theater and films which seek to unearth the truth of an experience. Alternate Plan Productions received two grants from the Jerome Foundation, to create and perform new works at SiTi Company, an IFP grant for finishing funds, and a Visa / MSN awards grant for Back to Bosnia.

Ali has continued to create original works, partnering with playwright Anne Washburn, to create a short film entitled Apparition, premiering at LA Shorts Fest, and Emina, an original screenplay based on the experience of a rape survivor of the Bosnian War.

Since returning to the Bay Area, Ali has volunteered with a variety of SF staples, such as Kerner Studios, Bay Cat and We Players.

Photo by Centa Schumacher
Cary McQueen
President, Founder

As Art With Impact's Executive Director and President, Cary has the privilege of working with the Board of Directors to set both short- and long-term goals, and coordinate closely with staff and volunteers to ensure flawless execution. In previous professional incarnations, Cary was the Marketing Director at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA; the Executive Director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT), a research center at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); and a research advisor for students' capstone projects in CMU's Masters in Arts Management program. Between 2007 and 2010 Cary worked as a consultant to nonprofit arts organizations to create programs and strategies that engage art enthusiasts in meaningful ways. With clients like The Andy Warhol Museum and EthnoGraphic Media she developed a wide-range of strategic communication programs from Internet-based donor cultivation and acquisition to grassroots engagement campaigns.