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 8+ 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 participation
erica reade, program director
Erica Reade has worked in the fields of youth development, anti-violence, women’s rights, both locally and internationally, using the media arts to raise awareness for the past 12 years. She holds an MA in International Affairs from the New School University, and BA in International Development from McGill University. She has over 7 years’ experience working as a Program Director at Leave Out Violence, as well as having worked as a teaching artist with Urban Arts Partnership and Artistic Noise. She has extensive experience creating youth development and other curricula and programs, rooted in social justice, inter-sectionality and the media arts.
Erica is a freelance photographer, specializing in documentary photography. She is an Artist Member of SohoPhoto Gallery in NYC, and a 2017 Nikon Scholarship and 2015 National Natural Eye Scholarship winner at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops. She is founder and Director of the photography collective Camera of the Month Club. Her work has been published in The Phoblographer, Featureshoot, Medium, Flavor Wire, and La Republicca, among others.
LUCY QU, SUMMER INTERN
Lucy Qu was born in Queens and is a recent graduate from Hunter College High School. She will be a rising freshman at Brown University, where she hopes to study computer science and the arts, namely painting, video production, and photography.
In high school, she was the Vice President of the Minorities in Media club, which raised awareness for the need for diversity in the film industry. She led weekly discussions and donated fundraising proceeds to Women in Film in order to bring better representation in media. Other extracurricular activities in which she was involved include: Girl Up, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, lacrosse, dragon boating, and ultimate frisbee. Outside of school, she works as a swim instructor on the weekends for Dolphin Swimming.
At Brown University, she is part of the Bonner Community Fellow Program, a four year long commitment that aims to combine community engagement with academic and career goals. She will participate in 6-8 hours of weekly service hours with a community partner to address issues in one of five areas: Education, Healthcare, Environment, Economic Justice and the Arts.