The Southeast Stories project team is looking forward to meeting you! If you have a story in any medium that relates to a location in Southeast San Diego, we invite you to be a part of our Storymapping San Diego program and send it our way! The submission link is here, and below you’ll discover the talented individuals making it happen along with people just like you. Skyler McCurine is redefining the look of leadership as a personal stylist, public speaker, wonder woman through her business Le Red Balloon. Driven by the lackluster stereotypical portrayal of women in the media and the devastating landscape of leadership (male/pale/stale leadership) she leads workshops for teenage girls and professional women around , leadership, parity, self acceptance, personal branding, and of course, style. Skyler’s passion for fostering leadership, audacity, and courage in young women led her to invitation to TEDx, SD Business Journal “Emerging Generation Award” and her recent invitation to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit as Swiss Luxury watch brand’ Baume & Mercier’s guest of distinction. She was a finalist for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the social entrepreneurship category. She is a native San Diegan and received her BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University and MA in Organizational Management from Ashford University. Her fervent belief in inclusion, red balloons, and champagne are her personal North Stars. Kirin Amiling Macapugay is an assistant professor at San Diego City College. She serves on the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and was former Commissioner for the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs as an appointee of Governor Brown. Kirin was past Chairwoman of the Cultural Arts Commission for the City of Chula Vista and has held several advisory and board roles for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum San Diego, the San Diego Leadership Alliance, and San Diego Gas and Electric. Her articles and writing about her indigenous Kaling and Bontoc roots as well as her growing up in southeast San Diego have been published in They, a magazine by Artists Creating Community, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Kirin has been featured by the Filipino Press, the Asian Journal, the National Association of Social Workers, and the book, Impower You, by Leah Oviedo. She recently participated in Pillars of the Community’s Reclaiming our Stories project sharing her story of growing up in southeast San Diego, and the day she found herself at the end of a gun. Dustin Marquel is a native of Los Angeles, whose interests include tattoos, cooking, Batman, photography, pro wrestling, and the 1990’s in general. His writing has appeared in City Works Literary Journal, and has been featured by So Say We All’s VAMP reading series. He currently works as an English instructor for Southwestern College and San Diego City College. Alejandra Lucero teaches English at Southwestern College. She’s been involved in promoting literacy and the love for reading and writing from a young age through organizations like Words Alive, 826LA and, now, So Say We All. Her own written work explores liminal spaces, real like the US/Mexico Border and imaginary, like the US/Mexico Border, and it’s effects on people, especially those who don’t fit in. Lyn Jerry was born and raised in Emerald Hills, received her BA in Social Sciences from University of Washington, and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.” She’s passionate about social justice issues and promoting voices of color.