Staff, Board, & Leadership
Board of Directors
Ashima Aggarwal is a Queens-born Brooklyn resident who took brief detours to Ohio and Massachusetts before returning to her beloved New York City. Ashima is mom to brilliant young Nouri, married to lawyer and musician Konrad, and serves as Associate General Counsel and Vice President at the 200+ year old global publishing company John Wiley & Sons, Inc. At Wiley, she serves as the general counsel for Wiley’s Education Publishing business which includes Wiley’s book publishing businesses, businesses that provide professional development products and services and a global education technology business. Ashima has degrees in Art History and Political Science from Wellesley College and attended Boston College Law School. She is a voracious reader who loves sharing book reviews and recommendations and enjoys baking and wandering the streets of NYC.
Naomi Beckwith is the deputy director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Guggenheim Museum. Previously she was the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, focusing on conceptual practices in contemporary art. Her master’s thesis on Adrian Piper and Carrie Mae Weems earned Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her exhibitions and work have been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, T Magazine, Uptown, CODE Magazine, and Ebony Magazine where she was recently listed as a Top 100 Leader in Arts and Letters. Naomi was a fall 2008 grantee of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and was named the 2011 Leader to Watch by ArtTable. In addition to her curatorial work and service to The Laundromat Project, she has served on several host committees such as RUSH Philanthropic Gold Rush Awards, the BAMart Annual Auction, Triple Canopy, and the Art for Africa auction for the Africa Foundation.
Alison Cuzzolino (she/her/hers) is a Director at Calculate, where she works with emerging businesses and helps them grow to their fullest potential through financial advisory and strategic planning. Prior to Calculate, Alison held financial leadership positions in the art world for several years and most recently as the Director of Finance at MoMA PS1. She started her career in financial services, spent seven years working in London, and took a year-long detour through Asia before returning to New York. Alison was also a 2021 Women inPower Fellow at 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, and is Board President of the condo building where she resides in Brooklyn.
Suzy Delvalle is the former President and Executive Director of Creative Capital, a national arts organization that supports innovative and adventurous artists through funding, counsel and career development services. In the last 19 years, Creative Capital has committed $45 million in financial and advisory support to 561 projects representing 700 artists and reached more than 18,000 artists in 700 communities through in-person and online workshops. Only the second director in Creative Capital’s history, Suzy joined the organization with a strong background in the arts, fundraising, and institution-building. She most recently served as the founding Director of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, where she oversaw all aspects of the development and opening of the museum. Suzy previously served as Director of External Affairs and Development at El Museo Del Barrio, where she dramatically increased the museum’s budget and attendance over her eleven-year tenure. Before joining El Museo, she worked for American Composers Orchestra following a career in consumer banking and advertising. Suzy is a guest lecturer in the Arts Management program at The New School and has served as an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She was born and raised in Curaçao and speaks Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento.
Patton Hindle is the Head of Arts at Kickstarter, where she oversees the Arts and Film team whose specialists work closely with visual and performing artists, filmmakers, arts organizations, museums, and cultural institutions around the world to help them realize creative and ambitious ideas. She is a co-author of the second edition of How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery and was a 2019 Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow at 92Y Women inPower in New York. Additionally, Hindle regularly advises for-profit and nonprofit arts organizations on strategic business development. She was raised in London and attended university in Boston.
Rasu Jilani is an independent curator, cultural producer, and social sculptor who investigates the intersections between art, culture and civic engagement as a means of raising critical consciousness. The main objective of his work is to catalyze interaction between artists, cultural institutions, the local community and the wider public, in order to promote cultural awareness through exhibitions, public programs, and cultural events. Currently Rasu serves as the Cultural Network Curator at the Lambent Foundation. From 2016-2019, Jilani joined the NEW INC staff as Director of Recruiting and Community Engagement for the art-tech-entrepreneurship incubator at New Museum and from 2013 through 2016, Jilani worked at MAPP International Productions as the Director of Community Programs.
Jessica Lee helps companies in the U.S. and around the world launch, market, and monetize their digital products and content. She advises on everything from interest-based and addressable advertising, data analytics, location-based tracking, smart devices and wearables, to the use of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, VR and AR, and facial recognition. Named one of Crain’s Notable Women in Law for 2019, Jessica is routinely called upon to speak on the privacy and cybersecurity concerns in advertising, media, adtech, and health tech. Jessica contributes her time to a number of community service projects and mentorship initiatives, including the Museum of Modern Art’s Friends of Education Committee.
Panthea Lee is a strategist, organizer, and facilitator, and the Executive Director of Reboot. She is passionate about building transformative coalitions between communities, activists, movements, and institutions to tackle structural inequity—and working with artists to realize courageous change. Panthea is a pioneer in designing and guiding multi-stakeholder processes to address complex social challenges, with experience doing so across NYC and in 30+ countries. The global co-creation efforts she’s led have launched new efforts to protect human rights defenders, tackle public corruption, strengthen participatory democracy, advance equity in knowledge access, reform international agencies, and drive media innovation. Panthea began her career as a journalist, ethnographer, and cultural producer. She has been featured in Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, CNN, Fast Company, New York Times, MIT Innovation, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has lectured at Harvard, Columbia, and NYU. She also serves on the boards of RSA US, Development Gateway, and People Powered: The Global Hub for Participatory Democracy.
Salvador Muñoz is a visual artist, cultural worker, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn, New York. His work strives to create and hold space for queer femmes & people of color and other marginalized communities. Salvador has exhibited at Wave Hill, Vox Populi, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Auxiliary Projects, Mayday Space, and many more. He was a Van Lier Fellow at Wave Hill in 2021, an Artist in Residence at Trestle Art Space in 2020, an Artist in Residence at The Laundromat Project in 2018, and a Culture Push Fellow in 2017. Salvador is currently the Public Programs Manager at Poster House, where he strives to make the museum more accessible to marginalized communities.
Kevin Rabsatt is a Senior Software Engineer at Jigsaw, a unit within Google, where he leads a team of socially minded engineers to develop technology to make the world safer.
While at Google, Kevin has led the technical teams behind products used by millions of users around the world. His work spans product areas across the Google portfolio from Classroom to Drive and GSuite to Maps. Currently at Jigsaw, Kevin is using his technical expertise to build products that seek to create positive change. He is part of a team that uses technology to tackle social issues including disinformation, online harassment, and censorship. Outside of his technical work, Kevin also takes the time to mentor and help build diversity and inclusion at Google. Kevin is an experienced technologist and prior to Google, he built software as part of the Microsoft Dynamics and Windows Media Divisions.
Kevin lives in Harlem with his wife and two boys. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering & Computer Science, and an MS in Multimedia and Creative Technologies from the University of Southern California.
Diya Vij is the Associate Curator at Creative Time and is committed to critically investigating the evolving role of public art in politics and civic life. Over the past decade, she has held programming, curatorial, and communications positions at the High Line, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), and the Queens Museum. As the Associate Curator of Public Programs at the High Line, she organized dozens of live events and performances with artists, activists, practitioners, and healers. At DCLA, Vij launched and co-directed the Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) program. Additionally, she was a project lead for the Agency’s citywide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative, and played an active role in public monument efforts, as well as CreateNYC—New York City’s first cultural plan. She was a curatorial fellow and the communications manager at the Queens Museum from 2010–2014.
George Suttles is Executive Director, Commonfund Institute at Commonfund. He previously served as a Program Officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation, a private, nonpartisan, national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. He has also held roles in the philanthropic divisions of U.S. Trust, Anthem Foundation, and the New York State Health Foundation. In additional to his role on The Laundromat Project board, he also serves on the nonprofit boards of Odyssey House, The Support Center, and Drive Change Inc.
Moncho Alvarado is a Latinx-queer-poet, translator, visual artist, and educator. Moncho has been published in 2018 Emerge Lambda Fellows Anthology, Poets.org, and other publications. She is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House, Troika House, the Summer Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, and won the Academy of American Poet’s John B. Santoianni award for excellence in poetry. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was awarded the Thomas Lux Scholarship for dedication to teaching, demonstrated through writing workshops with youths in Sunnyside Community Services in Queens, New York. Born and raised in Pacoima, California, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Tiara Austin is a Brooklyn-native, writer, educator and daughter of Jamaican immigrants. She received her B.A. in Africana Studies and Sociology from Smith College. Her undergraduate research through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship focused on black feminist art and theorizing public gatherings. Tiara recently completed the Brooklyn Museum Education Fellowship in Public and School Programs. In her downtime, Tiara can be found reading or singing around the house.
Amelia Brod is the Senior Manager of Development at The Laundromat Project. Prior to The LP, she was an Arts Specialist at Kickstarter, where she helped artists and institutions build sustainable support and community. Before that she worked on exhibitions and programs at SculptureCenter, Creative Time, and ArtTable. She also curates independently, including Order My Steps at BKSD (2018), and holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.
Morgan Fletcher is a communications professional, facilitator, and strategist with over a decade of experience. She is the founder of Fletcher Ventures, a boutique consulting firm serving organizations in developing narrative-changing digital content and building high-performing communications teams. Previously, Morgan founded and led Girls for Gender Equity’s Storytelling and Marketing team which lead messaging and campaigns that centered Black girls and gender expansive youth of color with an an anti-oppression, anti-carceral, racial equity, and Black feminist approach. Morgan received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Columbia University’s Columbia College.
Andrea Gil-Garcia is an educator and cultural worker committed to equity, increasing meaningful social engagement, and amplifying diverse voices in programming around New York City. She has over 10 years of experience in critical pedagogy, cultural programming, and art administration in museums and grassroots community art institutions including Groundswell Community Mural Project, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Artists Space, and the Dedalus Foundation.
Andrea holds a B.A. in Visual and Education studies from the New School.
Catherine Mbali Green-Johnson is a cultural leader with over 20 years of experience working in arts administration and community advocacy. She curates programming that empowers and inspires communities of color to advocate for positive and sustainable transformation co-created on their terms. Prior to joining The LP, she founded ARTs East New York, where she masterfully combined the art of community engagement and artistic expression towards the arc of social change. Green also spearheaded the opening of the ReNew Lots Market and Artist Incubator alongside the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In 2018, she was appointed by the Mayor of the City of New York to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee to assist in developing the City’s first cultural plan focused on equity and inclusion. Catherine believes in utilizing the power of imagination, storytelling, and ancestral research to create radical sustainability plans and steward resources for an integrative approach to societal change.
Kemi Ilesanmi is the Executive Director of The Laundromat Project. With 20 years of experience in the cultural arena, she is inspired by the immense possibilities for joyful justice at the intersection of arts and community. Prior to joining The LP, she was Director of Grants and Services at Creative Capital Foundation where she supported the work of American artists making adventurous new work. From 1998–2004, she was visual arts curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. While there, she organized several exhibitions, including The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art, and ran the visual arts residency program. In 2015, she was appointed by the Mayor of New York City to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and has served as Chair since 2020. She has been honored by the Metropolitan Museum and Project for Empty Space and serves on the boards of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Smith College Museum of Art, and The Broad Room; as well as advisory boards for Brooklyn Public Library, Black Art Futures Fund, Indigo Arts Alliance, and WNET All Arts. A graduate of Smith College, NYU, and Coro Leadership NY, she is also a Sterling Network Fellow.
Proudly hailing from Minnesota, Johnnay Leenay is the Development Coordinator at The Laundromat Project. Before joining The LP, she worked in philanthropy at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and in Development at BRIC Arts and Media supporting the Membership team for BRIC Celebrate! Brooklyn and BRIC House. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Justice and Peace Studies and is passionate about the intersections of art, queerness, and social justice. In her free time, she enjoys exploring New York City, marveling at art anywhere she can find it, and giggling.
Chloe Lin is a cultural worker, interpreter, artist, and activist. She is from Shenzhen, China, and grew up in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Chloe is an active member in multiple organizations and mutual aids, and a strong advocate for issues such as anti-displacement, workers’ rights, food security, and more. She holds a B.A in Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography, and New Media and Digital Design from Fordham University. Before joining The LP, she worked at the New York City Council, International Center of Photography, and Anton Kern Gallery. In her downtime, you can find her searching for the best food in the city and working with her local mutual aid.
Ayesha Williams is an art professional with over a decade of experience working with visual artists, presenting programs, and generating funding for both commercial galleries and nonprofit institutions. From 2010-2016, Ayesha managed Visual Arts at Lincoln Center, a comprehensive program that provides visual art offerings and experiences to Lincoln Center’s audiences and supporters. Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Ayesha was the Director of Kent Gallery. In addition to her professional experience, Ayesha is on the boards of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and The Possibility Project. She also served as a Steering Committee member of the UN Women’s Conference 2016. Ayesha received her Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Shana Wolfe is a classically trained oil painter and multimedia artist with over ten years experience working in nonprofit administration. She has shown her work in exhibits throughout Brooklyn, crafted and designed music videos and film sets, and produced immersive displays for events and installations. Just before the pandemic, Shana launched a community art space, Pocket, offering resources and classes to the Crown Heights neighborhood (out of a former laundromat!). After studying Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, she earned her B.S. in Art History and Museum Professions at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Before joining The LP team, she worked at Brooklyn Arts Council, providing resources and support to artists throughout the borough.
National Advisory Board
The National Advisory Board is a diverse brain trust of creative, talented, and highly accomplished leaders who help amplify our work as we continue to equip, empower, and embolden artists and neighbors to serve as creative change agents in their own communities.
Mississippi Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art
Susana Torruella Leval
Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio and Arts Activist
Co-Founder, Art Noir
Tiana Webb Evans
Dr. Deborah Willis
Artist and NYU Tisch
School of the Arts
Merele Williams Adkins
Springboard for the Arts
Community Leadership Council
OlaRonke Akinmowo (She/Her/Hers) is an interdisciplinary artist that specializes in collage, papermaking, printmaking, stop motion animation and interactive installation. She also works as a set decorator, yoga teacher, cultural worker, and mom. In 2015 she started The Free Women’s Library, a social art project that features a collection of 4000 books written by Black women. This particular work is fueled by the tenants of Black Feminism, Community Care, and the transformative power of both reading and creating.
Her art praxis aims to liberate, affirm and heal. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and has received multiple art fellowships, residencies and awards.
Leah Asha Allen (She/Her/Hers) is Founder and President of Brooklyn Public Art, a newborn art institution commissioning site-specific work from leading artists for public space throughout Brooklyn. She also currently serves as a Parks, Art, and Culture committee member of Community Board 3. Leah holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from Howard University.
Frances Nadine Ferdinand (She/Her/Hers) has coached, assisted, and participated in several tennis camps, clubs, and schools across NYC. Growing up in Brooklyn, Ferdinand’s mother struggled to find affordable tennis programs and often ended up paying very high rates for quality lessons. Despite these obstacles, Frances continued to play and compete in tennis for over 20 yrs. She received a scholarship to NCAA DI Morgan State University and went on to attain her Master’s degree in Sports Management while also competing for the University of East London. She is using her skills and expertise to give back to her community through HQTennis
Pia Monique Murray (She/Her/Hers) is a choreographer, performer, teacher, arts administrator, stage, tour/company manager, rehearsal assistant and cultural producer. She has worked with nora chipaumire, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Camille A. Brown, Paloma McGregor, Dianne McIntyre, Blondell Cummings, and Michelle Gibson in many posts. She performs contemporary dance with RAKIA!, burlesque with brASS Burlesque, and leads Pia Monique Murray Dance Collective (PMMDC). Pia is also the Producing Artistic Director of Bailey’s Cafe.
Teaching Artists & Faculty
The Laundromat Project works with cultural practitioners and professional teaching artists to support our programs and initiatives. Meet our 2021 faculty below.
Ebony Golden is a performance artist, scholar, and culture strategist whose work consists of site-specific performance rituals and live art installations that explore relationships between creativity and liberation. She relies on transparent and equitable partnerships with community members, institutions, and creatives in pursuit of social justice. For the duration of her career, Golden has been committed to building performance and public rituals with folks to fight reductive ideas about race, class, sexuality, gender, ability, and more.
For the last decade, she has collaboratively created site-specific public art performances grounded in authentic community storytelling. Each time, she has felt that those folks who joined herself and her collaborators on their creative journey had been enveloped into the project itself—no longer audience members, but co-conspirators or co-performers. This is the type of connection she strives for and is integral to why she works as a collaborative artist for progressive social transformation.
Additionally, Ebony works as the founding strategist and CEO at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative. BDAC is a consultancy and arts accelerator that devises systems, strategies, solutions as well as arts, and engagement happenings for and with creative, education, public wellness, and culture sectors nationwide.