Blue Trail brings together the vision and expertise of exciting leaders across the art, design, placemaking and environmental fields. Join us!

Advisory Board



Lisa Zimmerman, Executive Producer ()

The visionary behind Blue Trail, Lisa is CEO of 7Story, an art and placemaking consulting firm that works with emerging and established artists to engage people in places and causes. Lisa has developed and produced artworks in partnership with cities, neighborhoods and non-profit organizations across the Bay Area and produces Enlightened Spaces, an interdisciplinary event series exploring innovations in placemaking. She is recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant for a project she developed with the City of Richmond and acclaimed digital media artist Scott Snibbe. Lisa has 25 years of non-profit marketing, communications, fundraising and public engagement experience working with over 40 organizations.

Jennifer Parker, Director ()

Jennifer is founder and executive director of UC Santa Cruz’s OpenLab. Internationally renowned, OpenLab brings together science, art, technology and community to facilitate creative and collaborative research. Jennifer has produced, co-produced or curated over 20 art/science exhibitions and events within both public and private institutions including the World Trade Center in Osaka, Japan, The Art and Trans Festival in the Netherlands, and the Art and Astrophysics exhibition at UCSC and the Tech Museum in San Jose. Jennifer is also an internationally- and nationally-exhibited Bay Area artist and co-producer of SonicSENSE.net (she is currently part of Intersection’s Soundwave exhibition), as well as chair of the art department and associate professor of Art and Digital Arts and New Media at UCSC.

Laura Cassidy, Curator ()

Laura is an independent curator who has spent the last decade working with museums, artists and alternative art spaces to develop innovative programs bridging the gap between art and science. She has worked with the de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, California Academy of Sciences and Montalvo Arts Center among others. She has written reviews and essays for publications such as Art Practical and ArtAsiaPacific, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues. She earned her M.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a doctoral student at Stanford University where she is developing art-science initiatives through research, writing, teaching and an interdisciplinary forum called the Environmental Humanities Project.

Debra Darlington, Design Jam Developer ()

Debra is an independent producer with over 20 years of experience facilitating, managing and producing design and educational projects for corporations, museums and educational institutions. An expert in design-thinking and creating group processes that promote creativity and innovation, she has led teams to create educational exhibits on topics ranging from hot air ballooning to the principles of economics to animal habitats, as well as media installations, large-scale public art pieces, audio environments and participatory events.

Support Team

  • Sam Aguilar
  • Laura Boytz
  • Raquel Nakoneczny



To learn more about Blue Trail or to get involved as volunteer or sponsor, contact Lisa Zimmerman at 415.302.8195 or.

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