The Estria Foundation is proud to annouce that Erin Yoshioka will be joining our staf as our new Executive Director! After coordinating the LA Water Writes project, she resigned as the Interm Director at the Mural Conservancy and is moving to the Bay Area to lead our team.

Born in Los Angeles, CA.  Erin Yoshi was inspired at an early age by her parents to create.  She built a darkroom and started developing photography at age 7.  She was influenced by stories of her families experiences during the Internment Camps of WWII, which instilled curiosity for human capacity and politics of power.  Her foundation as a community organizer, has influenced her art and project themes.

Yoshi tells stories and shares emotional expression with delicate brush strokes.  Her artwork reflects of the struggle within communities, and the paradigms of social injustice and class struggles.  She focuses much of her time creating plans, building partnerships and pooling resources to build her projects from the idea stage to completion.  The artwork has become the talking point, but the Projects she creates have expanded her art form.

Yoshi rides with The Trust Your Struggle Collective.  She obtained her Masters in Banking and Business Administration focusing on International Sustainability.  She takes pride in her nomadic tendencies.

Her work has been featured in Vibe, Ruckus, Spirit Magazine, El Tiempo and Time Out New York. Yoshi has left her imprint creating murals in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Chile and across the United States.

We are honored to have her with us as we put our plans into action!

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