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 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

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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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EMMA COMRIE, FALL 2018 INTERN

Emma is a current sophomore at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is creating her own interdisciplinary major, which focuses on the intersections between photography, media, culture, and sociology. Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, Emma has been involved with photography since high school and continues to explore its social and cultural impacts throughout her studies at NYU. In addition, she is on the executive board of NYU: Reaching Out, a mentorship and college-readiness volunteer program that supports women of color in public high schools around New York City. Emma also works in a public elementary school as an America Reads tutor and as a photographer for NYU’s Gallatin School. Her involvement with the Josephine Herrick Project stems from an embedded internship within her class, “Race and Photography.”

Emma is also a freelance photographer with a special interest in photojournalism and advocacy, as she believes that photography is one of the most powerful and influential forms of social justice activism. Her work has received recognition from Photographer’s Forum Magazine, as well as the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and has been featured in the Gallatin Arts Festival.