Executive Board



Founder & Executive Director

Lynn was a Special Consultant in Education to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was the founding director of The Cloisters Summer Workshop Program. In this role, she annually introduced 150 inner city children to a variety of art programs, and helped make children who had never set foot before in a museum feel comfortable and entitled to be part of a cultural institution. As an artist whose work is included in worldwide collections, she is also a best-selling author, and has written extensively about children’s issues for publications such as The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and New York magazine.


brittany Sommer katzin

Program Director

Brittany is an Education and Youth/Family Development Consultant.  As Senior Curriculum Specialist in the Content & Curriculum and Community & Family Engagement departments at Sesame Workshop, Brittany developed the content and age-appropriate UI for websites, interactive games, and other digital assets for Sesame Street, as well as created educational content for multimedia outreach initiatives, including projects addressing childhood resilience, the needs of military families, children of incarcerated parents, and healthy habits.

Brittany holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University.


Onyedika Chuke

Development Director

Onyedika Chuke is an artist and archivist born in Onitsha, Nigeria, and is a Foster Pride graduate. His largest body of work titled The Forever Museum Archive (2011-present), is a disquieting collection of objects, text and images in which Chuke analyze social, cultural and political structures. His archive have been supported by venues such as Queens Museum, The Sculpture Center and The American Academy in Rome.

Chuke is currently a New York City Public Artist in Residence (P.A.I.R). A position that places him in the offices of Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Department of Corrections (DOC) Rikers Island.

He is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2011).



Digital Media & Marketing Manager

Benjamin is a Long Island-native and student at Touro Law School, specializing in intellectual property law. Prior to pursuing a law degree, Ben was the drummer and producer for a signed rock band based in Los Angeles. He was responsible for the group’s branding and viral marketing strategy, and gained over 100,000 followers across social media platforms, and millions of streams and views.  

After the group disbanded in 2015, Ben moved to New York City where he landed a fashion marketing and photography job for the designer Kara Ross. He worked on multiple product campaigns with major brands and non-profits, including Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Girls Who Code, and GirlUP.

Governing Board

Ty Bhojwani, Emily Blavatnik, Yoon Chang, Onyedika Chuke, Sarah DeVito, Kate Fillin-Yeh, Donna Harkavy, Nell O’Hara, Rosanne Kang Jovanovski, Nedra Koplin, Richard Koplin MD, Stefan Mailvaganam, Sally Mandel, Barbara Nessim, Susan Seliger, Dave Tennenbaum, Rob Younkers


Kamali Burke, Whitney Blackmon, Sangeetha Chakinala, Gardenia Cucci, Courney Deyulio, Patricia Ngo Fidele, Liz Gillroy, Josh Goldsmith, Ben Kazenoff, Ashley Ketchiff, Lauren Kimball, Matt Schwartz, Alliana Semjen, Brittany Sommer Katzin, Karlie Turner