Naomi Beckwith is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago who focuses 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. Prior to joining the MCA, Beckwith was a project coordinator for BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and, most immediately, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Beckwith has curated and co-curated several exhibitions at the ICA in Philadelphia and in New York at Cuchifritos, Artists Space and at the Studio Museum where she also managed the Artists-in-Residence program. 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. Beckwith 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, Beckwith sits on the board of ResArtis (Amsterdam) and 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.
Stephanie Dinkins is a visual artist whose public projects, installations, videos and still images seek balance amongst the mind, signifying body and social perception. She has exhibited her work in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore, Detroit, Washington DC, Dallas, Germany, Denmark, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions in a wide variety of arts venues including Institute of Contemporary Art (Dunaujvaros, Hungary; Gallery 138 (New York, NY), Herning Kunst Museum (Herning, Denmark), Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (Atlanta, Georgia); Spedition (Bremen, Germany); the Studio Museum in Harlem (Harlem, NY), Bronx Museum of Art (Bronx, NY), Jamaica Center for the Arts, ( Queens, NY) and the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and Putnam Avenue, (Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Puffin Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Lef Foundation, Create Change, Approach Art Association and Residency Unlimited have all generously supported her art practice. She received an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and a BS in Marketing and Advertising from Syracuse University. She attended the International Center of Photography, Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Program and Whitney Independent Study Program. Ms. Dinkins is currently Associate Professor and M.F.A. Program Director in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University.
Dr. Erika Faust is an orthodontist practicing in midtown Manhattan. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Howard University College of Dentistry. Prior to making a full-time commitment to her dental practice, she served as a part-time attending dentist and clinical instructor at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. She is active with Operation Smile, an international charity organization that treats facial deformities in children, and New Yorkers for Children, a charity that assists foster children as they enter college. Her professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Faust is a native New Yorker, is an avid supporter of the arts, and has lent her support to such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and the New York Public Library.
Chris Montgomery is a management consultant at KPMG, one of the world's leading professional services companies. Previously, he was an Audit Director at WPP, managing operations, finance, and compliance reviews for a portfolio of advertising, media and communications entities. Prior to WPP, Mr. Montgomery was a management consultant specializing in business process improvement, outsourcing strategy, and enterprise transformation. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, where he chairs the fundraising effort to support memberships and programming for youth and families in need. He is a committed supporter of all things artistic, progressive, and that make the world turn. Mr. Montgomery holds a degree in Society and Economy from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Kavita Rajanna lives in Decatur, GA with her partner and two children. She is a Program Officer with the National Philanthropic Trust. Previously, she was a Program Officer for FQXi, a nonprofit science foundation. Since 1995, she has worked with many community organizations as an organizer, cultural worker, and program developer, including Youth Communication: Metro Atlanta, Highlander Research and Education Center, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Prior to FQXi, she was Program Director at the Leeway Foundation, where she developed and implemented new grant programs focused on social change through art. She is also a board member of the KRS Foundation, a community-development organization working in small villages near Bangalore, India. Kavita has a B.A. in sociology and women's studies from Emory University and a M.A. in culture and politics from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.
Jacquette M. Timmons (on leave) is the founder and CEO of Sterling Investment Management, an investment education and financial coaching firm. She has worked in the investment industry for nearly 20 years, dedicating the last ten to teaching intelligent people how to be smarter with their money. Ms. Timmons holds an M.B.A. in finance from Fordham and a B.S. in marketing from FIT. She is a member of the NY Chapter of the National Black MBA Association and is on the Board of Directors for Non-Profit Connection, an organization that provides management assistance to non-profit organizations. She is also a former Board member of the NY Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals, an organization she helped to form.
The Laundromat Project, Inc.
Risë holds a BA in African-American Studies from Columbia, and an MA in Africana Studies from NYU. After conceiving the idea for The Laundromat Project in 1999, Risë tailored her career path to bring the organization to fruition. She gained a practical education in Organizational Excellence and Arts Administration by working for institutions like ARAMARK, the Painted Bride, MoMA, and ICP. She also became a printmaker, working primarily in linoleum and silkscreen. Recognized as one of the "World's Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs" Risë is a 2004 Echoing Green fellow and prior recipient of fellowships from both CAA and NYU. Risë periodically serves as a consultant to other non-profits, offering expertise in Visual Literacy, Curriculum Development, and Strategic Planning. She also teaches at the Parsons School of Design, helping product design students apply their talents to the public sphere.
The Laundromat Project is fortunate to have two Board Fellows from the NYU Stern School of Business. The NYU Stern Board Fellows Program matches top Stern MBA candidates with the boards of New York City-based nonprofit organizations for nine-month fellowships. Fellows act as non-voting board members, serve on committees and complete a strategic governance project for the board.
Elizabeth is currently pursuing her MBA at NYU Stern, with a specialization in marketing. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Atlanta, GA and Memphis, TN. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 with a major in English and minors in business, French, and the humanities. Prior to Stern, Elizabeth worked in publishing at Random House, booking authors to speak at literary engagements around the country, and later at Everybody Wins!, a literacy and mentoring nonprofit organization where she recruited volunteers to read to students. She recently completed an internship with General Mills as a Global Consumer Insights Associate this summer. After business school, Elizabeth plans to pursue a career in marketing. She loves the arts and recently founded an arts and culture club at NYU, called Stern Culture Club. Her hobbies include playing flute and piano, and she is thrilled to be joining The Laundromat Project community.
Angel Wu is a current MBA student at New York University Stern School of Business. Prior to business school, she worked in the mortgage financing industry. Through her job, she learned about communities affected by the housing crisis, and volunteered to help people in need. Angel also earned a bachelor's degree from University of Virginia, majored in Mathematics and Commerce. While at college, she was a student mentor and a school housing committee member, focusing on building a healthy and fun community.