Valerie J. Bower
Unlock Tomorrow Board Member and Director of Art Programming
Valerie J. Bower is a freelance photographer in Los Angeles. She has been photographing professionally since 2014 and her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Los Angeles. Her work has been featured online on established art and culture websites such as "Juxtapoz", "Mass Appeal", and "LA Weekly". Valerie is also an accomplished self-publisher of her own photography books and zines. Her latest book "Homegirls" has been archived into the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Met Museum in New York
Unlock Tomorrow Founder
Ray Adornetto founded Unlock Tomorrow in early 2017 after years of teaching creative writing and film workshops in Los Angeles juvenile halls, probation camps and placements. In 2014 he founded Leveled Magazine, a culture and lifestyle publication where he served as Executive Editor and Director Of Events. Ray has written on several film and TV projects for Cartoon Network and Animation Sandwich. He most recently stepped down from Director Of Brand Partnerships for Saucey, a tech company that specializes in alcohol delivery. As their first employee, he built profitable operations in all major markets and developed their in-house content agency where Ray brokered millions of dollars in partnerships with major brands such as Coca-Cola and Brown-Forman.
Bidhan Chandra Roy
Founder of Words Uncaged, Director Of Publishing and Unlock Tomorrow Board Member
Bidhan Chandra Roy is an associate professor of English Literature at California State University, Los Angeles. Trained in postcolonial studies, Bidhan received his PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and has published widely in the fields of postcolonial studies, as well as community engagement and critical pedagogy. He has previously produced a community storytelling project in East Los Angeles, “The “Storying Wyvernwood Project,” and published scholarly articles about social and pedagogical impact of the project. He is also founder of WordsUncaged, a program that has put over 200 CSULA students in critical dialogue about literature with incarcerated men in California, and a founding member of the Paws For Life program at Lancaster State Prison. Bidhan is currently teaching the first in-prison degree class at Lancaster, and researching new pedagogical approaches to teaching in prison.
Director Of Film Programing Danny Dwyer
Danny Dwyer's range from cinema to commercials has brought him to work with amazing talent such as Oprah, Peter Dinklage, Kim Kardashian, various rock bands, as well as films and commercials that have screened in festivals throughout the world. His attention to detail, design, camera movement, and lighting has brought him to work with some of the industries top fashion brands and advertising agencies.
Unlock Tomorrow Board Member and Director Of Writing Programming
Alexis Spencer-Byers grew up in San Francisco; completed a degree in English at Amherst College in Massachusetts; engaged in various types of racial reconciliation and community development work in Jackson, Mississippi; and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she divides her work time between copy-editing and web software development, and her volunteer time among several organizations that serve incarcerated and at-risk youth. While in Jackson, she co-founded Koinonia Coffee House, an inner-city café and community gathering place. She has published two collections of poetry, Urban Verses (2005) and Another’s Treasure (2014), both of which focus on discovering beauty in unexpected places.
Unlock Tomorrow Board Member and Director Of Business Development
Jessica Salinas is passionate about social justice and has committed herself to social change through her work. Most recently, Jessica is part of the founding Business Development & Partnerships team at Headspace helping achieve their mission of improving the health and happiness of the world through mindfulness. Previously, Jessica worked at Stanford University’s charter high school, Stanford Schools Corporation: East Palo Alto Academy, where she learned and helped implement a growth mindset culture.
She also worked as a founding member of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative on its national research endeavors, as well as directing its education program¬¬ the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program¬¬ which gave Latino business owners education, mentorship and access to capital resources to grow their ventures. Jessica has taken the design thinking principles she learned at Stanford and has delivered workshops to students, entrepreneurs, employees and executives. Additionally, Jessica cofounded Ad Astra Athletics LLC in Las Vegas with the mission of providing health and nutrition services to low income communities. Jessica serves on the Advisory Board of the Mural Music & Arts Project in the Bay Area and on the Board of Directors of Unlock Tomorrow. Jessica received her BA in Communication from Stanford University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall School of Business
Unlock Tomorrow Board Member/Case Manager Lisette Rosales
Lisette Rosales grew up with a single mother in a low-income neighborhood. At a young age she had experienced many adversities. Growing up she heavily relied on the community, and various nonprofits to assist in raising her. Through those hurdles, she found her passion for Social Work. She has worked and volunteered in the community for over 10 years. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State LA, Lisette pursued her career in Social Work as a Case Manager. She is passionate about working with youth and believes that through holistic interventions, trauma informed care, and multi-disciplinary actions she can help youth discover the endless possibilities to where their strengths, desires, and minds can take them.
Unlock Tomorrow Board Member
Desiree is a paralegal/delinquency liaison at the Children’s Law Center; which represents children who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned that come under the protection of either the Los Angeles or Sacramento County Juvenile Dependency Court systems. Her educational background includes a BA in English and Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles and a Paralegal Certificate through UCLA’S Extension program. Her great zeal is in advocating for legal services in underserved communities and has volunteered with non–profit organizations such as Community Lawyers Inc. and Inner City Law Center. Her legal clinic experience includes Family Law, Immigration, Expungements, Tenant Rights, and Civil Litigation.