HEADQUARTER STAFF


 
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Jessica Wanamaker, Executive Director

Jessica Wanamaker brings a strong background in non-profit management plus successful fundraising. A pro-active and accomplished Executive Director and fundraiser with over 15 years in national and local culture/arts and community not for profit organizations in London and New York. She is passionate about the ability of the arts to transform lives through engagement and participation.

 

 
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Diane Bezucha, Director of Programs

Diane has worked in the field of education and youth development for the past 11 years. She taught middle and high school English in the Bay Area, and most recently served as the Director of Program Design for BUILD - a high school program that uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle for teaching 21st century skills. Diane has extensive experience developing and facilitating experiential and culturally-relevant curriculum that builds creativity, critical thinking, and socio-emotional skills. She has also spent the past seven years training other educators in experiential and critical pedagogies. She holds a MA in Art, Education, and Community Practice from NYU and a BA in Creative Writing and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Diane is also a freelance photojournalist and photographer, specializing in documentary work. Her work as a photographer was an outgrowth of her work as an activist and community organizer. Deeply committed to social justice issues, she sees the camera as a tool for education, storytelling, and social impact. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Humanosphere, and Seattleite among others. 

 

 
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Olivia Hunter, Program Coordinator

Olivia is a photographer and artist originally from Virginia. She holds an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Photography and Imaging from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to attending graduate school, Olivia worked for Human Rights Watch where she found her passion for social justice. Using her knowledge of photography, she hopes to change the way people see and interact with the world.

 

 
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Tulani Bey, Programs and Exhibitions Intern (Summer 2019)

Tulani is a rising senior attending Lehigh University and studying international relations, Chinese and French. Originally from the Bronx but now living in Brooklyn, she has experience in photojournalism and event photography, and is interested in street photography as a hobby. She is currently an intern at the Josephine Herrick Project and hopes to engage more in the different aspects of photography such as exhibition planning, behind the scenes organization, printing and teaching.

 

 
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Marquis Pickering, Communications Intern (Summer 2019)

Marquis Pickering is a recent graduate from Pace University. Holding his BA in Communications & Media Arts, Marquis has developed a love for photography and all that comes with it. Also a former collegiate athlete playing football, Marquis has shifted roles from being in the game to now shooting actions pictures for the department. Marquis has experience in event photography shooting numerous events around New York city as well as action photography previously working with the Pace athletics department.