Your newest Crucible Board members
Tech expert, B Byrne Astrella spent a number of years working at Twitter and founded the cybersecurity company Clef. During the pandemic, he developed a passion for using a 3D printer to create sculptures that he later casts in bronze, a skill he learned in the Digital Fabrication and Foundry class he took at The Crucible in 2019.
Music lover, Ken Cassidy currently works with First Republic Bank as the Director of Financial Strategy and Community Impact Investing where he focuses on long-term sustainable growth and investment in low- and moderate-income communities. He also founded the Bank’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ambassadors program and is deeply passionate about giving back to his community.
Communication specialist, Tasion Kwamilele currently leads Government and Public Affairs for Schnitzer Steel Industries, a partner of The Crucible. She was a member of the inaugural class of Oakland School for the Arts, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University, and a Master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.
Before her role at Schnitzer Steel Industries, Tasion served as a local reporter for the Oakland Post News, the District Communications Manager for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the Director of Public Affairs for California Waste Solutions.
Scroll down to hear more from our newest board members. In the coming year, B, Ken, and Tasion will help guide our budgeting, upgrades to safety, and strategic planning. If you pass our newest teammates during your next visit to the studio, be sure to say ‘hello’.