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.
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.
Sami Rahman, Programs and Exhibitions Intern (Spring 2019)
Sami is currently a junior at International High School at Union Square. He is originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh but moved to the United States four years ago. He is also taking classes at NYU as a part of NYUSPS program that helps students become better leaders, think critically, and prepare for college. He is currently the Programs & Exhibitions Intern at the Josephine Herrick Project, and hoping to learn more about non-profit organizations and management. Sami has been involved in the art of photography for over two and a half years and is hoping to become a travel photographer in the near future. He is skilled at landscape, portrait, and long exposure photography, etc. and he is also working as a Music Mixer for Sound Gear.
Uriel Solis, Teaching Assistant Intern (Spring 2019)
“I always wanted to be the person who shoots the camera since I don’t like to be in a picture.”
Uriel is a junior at International High School at Union Square. He is originally from El Salvador. He is working as an intern for the Josephine Herrick Project, which is a great opportunity for him to challenge himself to connect photography and his future. “I love to take pictures of almost anything. I like to go and walk in the streets on New York because on every block I can find new things and new faces.” After high school, Uriel wants to go into business and his goal is to find a way to connect writing, photography and business in a creative way.