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.
Co-Founder & CEO
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
Climate Impact Producer
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.
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.
Co-Founder & Chief of Impact
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.
Social Media Producer
JINNY RYANN 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.
SHAHAD HAMWI was born in Boston and raised 6,000 miles away in Abu Dhabi. She comes from a background of over six nationalities, and because of this multicultural background, diversity is a concept that is very important for her. Currently she is a student at NYU Abu Dhabi, studying Film and Art History, with a focus on documentary and activist projects and installations. As a creative and activist, Shahad uses her work as a medium to explore themes like sustainability, climate action, veganism, fast fashion and queer representation. In her free time you will always find her outdoors; running, climbing, swimming, hiking or just existing under the sun - connecting with nature has significant meaning to her.