Emily in Elmwood

About two and a half weeks ago, I moved into a new house in Elmwood, where I now live with Emily and her son, Cricket who are also creative. Emily’s a Spanish teacher for kids and there are days she’ll be practicing playing on her piano and exercising her vocal chords, and Cricket is a landscape photographer who travels and documents nature adventures and the cosmos. Yesterday, we took a photo walk around the neighborhood, so Cricket and I could take portraits of Emily and we could all explore our creativity together. Here are a few of my favorites from our walk!

2nd Berkeley Women in Biz Meetup

Thank you all for coming to the second Berkeley Women in Biz meetup* on Monday, February 17th! 

I created a Berkeley Women in Biz Meetup Facebook group where we can stay in touch. If you weren’t able to attend, and want to receive emails for future meetups, write me at erica@ericakhsu.com

A big thank you to our co-hosts, Eileen Hanshaw and Ann Wees, the co-founders of Bloom, and Michelle Dean and Sophia Isabella at Barberella Beauty Lounge for providing a beautiful space for us to gather.

*We are open to all women, anyone who identifies as female or non-binary, lgbtq+, women of color, trans women, femme, and genderqueer. Allies and kids welcome. 

See more photos from the meetup>>

Join Berkeley Women in Biz Meetup on February 17th

A Galentine’s style mixer*

Come join the 2nd Berkeley Women in Biz meetup on February 17th at Barberella Beauty Lounge! 

Monday, February 17, 2020 from 3:00 - 5:30pm

Barberella Beauty Lounge

2442 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

Bring your business cards, a light snack or chocolate, or bubbly to share. 


Thank you to Ann Wees & Eileen Hanshaw at Bloom for co-hosting and Michelle Dean at Barberella for providing a beautiful space for us to gather.

Looking forward to seeing you!

(Image: Original black and white image of Copacabana girl in dressing room by Stanley Kubrick, 1948) 

See photos from the 2nd Berkeley Women in Biz meetup>>

Bloomberg Engineering Girl Geek Dinner 2020

I documented coverage of the Bloomberg Engineering Girl Geek Dinner at their San Francisco office. They had pretty stingrays and the portobello dish was one of the yummiest I’ve had at a girl geek dinner. We heard Bloomberg Women in Technology co-founder Cheryl Quah and Rebecca Ely, software engineer and member of the BWIT Allyship Steering Committee discuss “Taking an ERG from idea to impact,” Alexandra (“Dobs”) Dobkin’s lightning talk on how to find your dream job, and a panel that software engineer Danica Fine moderated with engineering team lead Kaia Young, Stephanie Stattel, and Paul Ivanov on how to thrive in open source communities. 

See more photos, video, and transcript on Girl Geek X>>

Edible Gardening with The Green Goddess

Documented my housemate, April the Green Goddess gardening at her edible garden plot at the 55th St. Community Garden by the Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville border. Took home a bounty of kale and parsley from April’s harvest, and beautiful purple and green oregano that Lori, who operates the garden, harvested. Though I lost my lens cap somewhere in the mud and leaves…I’m just happy and at peace to create again!  

Girl Geek X: OpenAI Girl Geek Dinner

I documented coverage of the OpenAI girl geek dinner at their San Francisco office! We heard from software engineer Brooke Chan, research scientist Lilian Weng from the robotics team, research scientist Christine Payne who created MuseNet, research scientist Amanda Askell who covered AI policy, and hardware strategy lead Mira Murati

The dinner was super fun!  I made a new friend from Taipei, reconnected with a former fellow co-oper from Cloyne, loved Ben Barry’s design and artwork everywhere, and just really enjoyed hearing girl geeks share what they’re working on in #robotics and #AI, especially around ethics!

See more photos, read the transcript and watch the video on Girl Geek X>>

Girl Geek X: Amplifying Women in Technology

I’m very excited to join the team at Girl Geek X (formerly Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners), an organization amplifying women in technology. Starting in July 2019, I’ll be documenting girl geek dinners hosted across the greater SF Bay Area, beginning with the LiveRamp girl geek dinner on July 17th. 

Follow @GirlGeekX on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedInGet your tickets for upcoming dinners on Eventbrite

Looking forward to Girl Geek events this summer/fall! 

Berkeley Folk Singer-Songwriter, Green Huse

Berkeley folk singer-songwriter, Green Huse

Green’s son, Liam, in redwood tree

Dogwood flowers in Green’s garden

Drawing by Green Huse

Green Huse on acoustic guitar

I documented Berkeley folk singer-songwriter, Green Huse, rehearsing this week. Green is performing a live show of unreleased tracks from her new upcoming album, Rise, on Saturday, June 15th at the Monkey House in Berkeley. Show starts 7:30pm. Special guests, Emily Shore, Maggie Forti, and Deb Lane will perform too. Green’s 7 year old son, Liam, will sing an acoustic cover of Vance Joy’s “Riptide.” 

To reserve your seats, email monkeyhouse.seats@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you!

Join Us: Berkeley Women in Biz Meetup on June 4th

I’m hosting a meetup for women business owners at our house in Berkeley on Tuesday, June 4th from 6:30 - 8:30pm. 

Bring your business cards, a snack or dish, or bottle of wine to share. 


We will be outdoors, so bring something warm to bundle up. 

Looking forward to seeing you!


Thank you for attending the first Berkeley Women in Biz meetup on June 4th! 

View more photos and read the recap on my Kazoku blog>>

View photos from the second meetup>>

Coaching Circle, The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Coaching Circle at The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Coaching Circle at The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Photography for The Treehouse Healing Arts Center

Founded about 7 years ago by owner and craniosacral therapist SarahJoy Zell, The Treehouse Healing Arts Center is a healing arts center, business incubator, and community of about 20 women healing arts practitioners based in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. On May 21st, the Treehouse launched a Coaching Circle, a 6-week series for healing arts practitioners to grow their practice. Here are images I documented of several practitioners to promote the launch and the center. 

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay 2018

CALPIRG Students, UC Berkeley chapter, hosted a National Voter Registration Day event to register students to vote at Lower Sproul at UC Berkeley on September 25th. Thank you to Headcount for registering us to vote and leading trainings to register voters. You can rally friends to vote with Vote Crew. Midterm elections are November 6th! Photography for Public Interest GRFX.

States Plug-In to Electric Buses

Yesterday, I headed out on the BART to Millbrae, then biked down to Proterra Inc. in Burlingame, where Kent Leacock from Proterra led a tour through the zero-emissions electric bus factory. No photos were allowed on the tour, but here are some highlights from the presentations by Alana Miller and Andrea McGimsey from Environment America before and the test ride on the electric bus after. Photography for Public Interest GRFX.

Endorsement Interview Day, GO Public Schools West Contra Costa

Here are several highlights from the Endorsement Interview Day event I documented for GO Public Schools West Contra Costa Advocates in their Community Room in Richmond, East Bay. A diverse bilingual group of members in the community, including youth, parents, educators, and leaders, gathered on Saturday to interview candidates running for their local School Board ahead of elections.

Follow GO Public Schools West Contra Costa Advocates on Facebook here

Alumnae Weekend 2018 | Westridge School for Girls

Here are some highlights from Westridge School for GirlsAlumnae Weekend 2018, including American bobsledder and Olympic Silver Medalist Lauren Gibbs ‘02 (with her mom Akila Gibbs), who shared a keynote about her recent experience at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, alumnae class shots, and Julie Frantz who received the 2018 Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award.

The Kresge Foundation | Los Angeles Urban Higher Education Ecosystem Convening

In February, The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program gathered their partners with Los Angeles-based work and Southern California-based grantees to map out the Los Angeles urban higher education ecosystem at their convening at the California Endowment.

fly project TV

In the spring and summer of 2011, I interviewed a number of my peers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles who are passionate about a variety of diverse fields, such as food, art, startups, and social justice, and are going for it.  Inspired recently to revisit fly project TV, I’m creating multimedia stories using photography, podcasts, and video from the original footage.

The first story features Haleh Zandi, co-founder of Oakland-based grassroots organization, Planting Justice. The second story, which includes the video above, features Malila Becton, a nutrition educator for kids in Alameda County. Another features Abel Habtegeorgis sharing what it’s like to grow up as ”First-Generation American Kids.” The most recent story features Alta Tseng, a designer based in New York, who speaks about the importance of cultural role models and shares an early memory seeing the Asian Fly Girl on “In Living Color.”

Here are a few more of my peers that I interviewed, including Abel, who ran media communications for Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Rafa a trumpet player, Dominic a visual artist aka DJ Treat-U-Nice, Alta a designer, Steven a musician and writer, Aida a community leader, and Erin a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer. 

To read and listen to fly project stories, visit our multimedia page and follow on Twitter @flyprojectTV. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more stories.

Downtown Women’s Center: 2016 Annual Report

The women and activities I documented for Downtown Women’s Center are now featured in their 2016 Annual Report. Downtown Women’s Center provides permanent supportive housing, creative job training and placement, health & wellness programs and many other services to homeless women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. Download the full report here>>

“I have my own key and my own door. For the first time in years, I have privacy, and I feel safe. Now that I have that, I want to make sure other people have it, too.” – Francine Andrade 

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