The Create2030 core team consists of professional artists who have worked as independent creative professionals and have participated in Create2030 (previously I Sell the Shadow since 2008.)
Lisa Russell, MPH is an Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and curator who has 15+ years producing films and curating creative events that lie at the intersection of arts, social justice and global development. An established global speaker and thought leader, she is a two time TEDx speaker, SheDecides Global Champion, UN/NGO contracted storyteller and arts curator, Fulbright Specialist, speaker, writer and is a regular presenter at film festivals, storytelling summits, leading universities, international conferences and youth leadership programs.
Chesney Snow is a Drama Desk award winner and a 3x Artist in Residence at Harvard University with the Office of the Arts. A seasoned theater performer, he has appeared on Broadway in the musical, "In Transit." Chesney is one of NYC’s premiere human beatbox/vocal percussionists and a pioneering figure in American beatbox culture and was the Executive Producer and CEO of the American Beatboxing Championships. He has taught workshops and masterclasses in countless prisons, hospitals, public and private schools and universities including Riker's Island, Harvard University, Juilliard, New York University, University of Wisconsin Platteville, the Kingdom of Bhutan, and the U.S. State Department with American Voices, as well as numerous theaters throughout the country. He is a long time teaching artist with New Victory Theater and more recently with The Town Hall in New York City.
His practice intersects between visual culture & communities of color through a pedagogical approach to alternative education. The pillars of Sean's design philosophy are — art, education, and community practice. His work examines and opens dialogues about a community history, culture, and its social needs. While on a pursuit to merge language and design as one system; he became a national poetry-slam champion, featured on HBO, MTV & Time Warner. He has facilitated creative workshops in juvenile prisons throughout Los Angeles to orphanages in Malawi, East Africa.
Yafreici ‘Fraze’ Peralta is a Dominican-born rapper and actress as well as an advocate for reproductive rights and brings her visionary talent, her global vision, and her powerful storytelling ability to numerous audiences. Yafreci performed for the Launch of the 2014 UN World Youth Report and for the Opening Session of the UN’s 67th annual DPI/NGO conference. As part of the 2019 United for 2030 Citizens Assembly, she is working alongside a team of talented individuals to create a solution directly tied to the SDG’s.