Our company was born from our sister nonprofit organization,
Young Entertainment Activists, which sent its first newsletter filled with events for young professionals in Hollywood in February 2019. The concept: combine networking and activism. Make civic engagement community-oriented and “sexy,” to turn activism into a wanted everyday habit.
Currently, Young Entertainment Activists serves as an activist hub in Hollywood that produces action-oriented events and initiatives to transform both the internal makeup of the industry and our world at large.
From this robust organization came our company’s expertise and extensive experience working with grassroots activist groups. YEA! Impact’s mission is to help companies, organizations, and individuals create long-term impact-- change that is not only profitable but also authentic.
ALLISON BEGALMAN is an LA-based CEO, writer, and activist working in the narrative change sector. She is also the co-founder of Young Entertainment Activists, along with the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Feminist Media Festival, and is the recipient of a Roddenberry Impact Award. Allison has worked at companies including CAA and Annapurna Pictures, as well as on TV shows such as Sony TV/AMC’s PREACHER and Annapurna TV/Hulu’s MONSTERLAND.
Co-Founder & CEO
SAMUEL RUBIN is the Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer at YEA! Impact. Born and raised in Barcelona, Samuel began producing films to ignite positive change. His first feature-length documentary, “COLIS SUSPECT” (2017), unpacks border security and received the Best First Film Prize at Tetouan’s Film Festival. Samuel received a B.A. in Film and Television at UCLA and worked at DeLite! Media, Prodigium Pictures and Good Docs. He managed the 2020 YEA! Hollywood Climate Summit and served as the lead impact producer for the Screened Out, Can You Hear Us?, and Black Indigenous Liberation Movement impact campaigns. Currently pre-producing FIGHT FORWARD, a documentary length film about the real cost of higher education and student-led activism.
Co-Founder & Chief of Impact
SANIA IRFAN is a storyteller born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, who is skilled at project management for impact and marketing campaigns. She also has experience working in social justice-oriented content production. She has co-directed, co-produced, and edited the video, Kapray Kee Deewarain (Walls of Cloth) which was shortlisted for the Tapmad Film Festival as well as the #CreativeDistancing video contest, organized by Dawn and Deutsche Welle. She has also directed, produced, and edited short films for Konpal Child Abuse Prevention Society in Pakistan.
She has recently graduated from NYU with a Bachelors in Media Studies and was the Baccalaureate Student Speaker at the NYU Steinhardt Commencement.
JINNY RYAN is an actor and artist originally from Holliston, MA, currently residing in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Screen Acting, (and a minor in Neuroscience) from Chapman University. She was an Artists Striving to End Poverty fellow at their Artist As Citizen Conference at Julliard. In addition to the whole audition-in-LA hustle, she’s been creating her own work as a filmmaker and artist, co-founding Practice Pictures, a production company and artistic collective. She is extremely passionate about the arts, social justice, and pizza.
Social Media Director
LAUREL TAMAYO was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now resides in Los Angeles. She graduated from Chapman University with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and minor in Documentary Film. She is passionate about environmental issues and educating people about them through the impact campaigns of films. She started as a fellow on the Can You Hear Us? campaign for Hulu’s I Am Greta documentary, co-produced the Pathways to Action workshop in the 2021 Hollywood Climate Summit, and is now working on multiple projects with YEA! Impact.
Climate Impact Producer
NATALIE BEITASHOUR is a seasoned entertainment, sports, and consumer lifestyle Public Relations executive with a proven track record of developing innovative and effective strategic communications and brand-building campaigns for her clients that help businesses achieve their objectives and enhance industry profiles. With 20+ years’ experience Natalie began her career in San Francisco where she ran corporate, consumer and talent relations for CPG lifestyle brand Popchips. She later moved to Los Angeles where she has run press strategy and execution for some of the industry's top companies including Creative Artist Agency, Turner Broadcasting and Searchlight Pictures. A passionate storyteller, Natalie enjoys working to find the story for clients to be highlighted and brought to life for greater consumer awareness and action.
Publicist & Media Relations
SARA ELEANOR is an artist and activist who has extensive experience working in the nonprofit space. Most recently, she was at Ben's Bells teaching the art of kindness with the help of ceramics. You can find her art, SEB art studio, on IG.
Website & Graphics Designer
SHAELYN GIAMPETRONI is pursuing a Master's of International Affairs and has a B.F.A in Creative Producing. She is passionate about the economic impact of the entertainment industry and protecting the social impact of local storytellers around the world. She is a producer with YEA! Creators for Justice and joined YEA! Impact as a project coordinator for their partnership with The Good Energy Project.
BRANDI WILLIAMS-MUNFORD is the Impact Fellow at YEA! Impact. Originally from the Washington D.C. metropolitan region, Brandi moved to New York City to begin her academic career at NYU. Now in her senior year, Brandi is concentrating in the identity economy: the construction, critique, and commercialization of the self through the media. Although she is a senior, Brandi has a vested interest in social impact. This interest began as an editorial intern with News For Young Activists Today. The discontinued publication raised awareness surrounding conflicts and marginalized groups for an international audience. Her continued interest also led her to intern at the office of the Secretary of the United States Senate.