Join us on Monday, April 9th at 6:30PM in Kravis 321. Please bring your questions for an intimate and interactive dinner with this accomplished world-changer.
Damon Leon Packwood is co-founder and executive director of Gameheads, an organization that trains low-income and first-generation students ages 15–24 in video game design and development to prepare them for careers in the entertainment and tech industries. Damon has more than 18 years of experience in the youth development and education fields, with positions at Juma Ventures, Hack the Hood, and Upward Bound. A San Francisco native, he watched the city’s working-class community disappear with the rise of the Bay Area tech industry; his students couldn’t get jobs right out of college. His passion for film and media was ignited as a teen and an early love for movies inspired him to pursue a Film Studies degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and he’s nearly complete with his graduate degree in Multimedia Studies from Cal State, East Bay. During his master’s in multimedia tech, he spent a year in the San Francisco Mission District studying the effect of technology on low-income communities. Damon is an avid gamer, writer, filmmaker, educator and tech head and movie connoisseur. He is also a passionate advocate of for the use of multimedia and technology as entertainment and a tool for education.He believes that Gameheads’ students are our future tech zealots, digital rebels, and multimedia mavericks. Damon is an Echoing Green Fellow.