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Carey
Lovelace

Founder 2020Visions

Yona
Backer

Executive Director

Vera
Petukhova

Project Manager

Dorotea
Mendoza

Financial Facilitator

Pedro
Hernandez

Marketing And Management Assistant

John
Lee

Creative Consultant, Production

Elizabeth
Thompson

Consultant, Collaborations & Development

Amy
Sadao

Community Manager

Juanita
Lanzo

Local Labs Facilitator

James
Andrews

Strategic Consultant

Alexis
Morley

Communications Advisor And Design Consultant

Rita
Walters

Senior Advisor in Residence

Carey
Lovelace

Founder 2020Visions

Curator, critic, playwright, producer of social-justice theater, activist, and philanthropist, she served as Co-Commissioner of the 2013 U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (Sarah Sze) and was co-President of the U.S. Division of the International Association of Art Critics. Her Loose Change Productions incubates original projects by Native American, Filipina, Indian, and Palestinian theatre makers. Awarded a Visionary Pathmaker Award from the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Since the 1980s, she has written about women and the art world, staging exhibitions focusing on early feminist art, particularly on collaborative art projects.

Yona
Backer

Executive Director

Yona Backer is a creative strategist, cultural producer, and specialist in nonprofit management, founder of Third Streaming, a global consultancy that supports organizations and foundations working at the intersection of arts, culture, and social justice. Backer also works with individual artists, to help them with legacy planning and archiving projects. She manages the estate of photographer Alvin Baltrop.

Vera
Petukhova

Project Manager

Vera Petukhova is an independent curator currently based in Brooklyn, NY whose practice focuses on performance and media. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from The School of Visual Art and has worked with the curatorial teams at Performa and the Tribeca Film Festival. She has curated video art programs and organized art exhibitions and performance events in Seattle and New York and her writing has been published in Blouin, Artinfo, and Performa Magazine.

Dorotea
Mendoza

Financial Facilitator

Dorotea Mendoza was born in the Philippines, and grew up in New York City’s East Village. In the 1980s, she was a club kid. In the 1990s and 2000s, she was involved in a badass women’s political organization. She is proud to be a member of a 15-year old women’s writing group, aka the Sari-Sari Women of Color Arts Coup. Today, Mendoza is still developing her worldview and likes to think that writing is her political act.

Pedro
Hernandez

Marketing And Management Assistant

Pedro Hernandez is a theatre-maker and photographer. Production experience includes Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Most recently he was a Production Assistant for Emojiland at the Duke Theatre, Times Square. Pedro graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Production and Management. Visit his photography collection at [pedropics.org](https://www.pedropics.org)

John
Lee

Creative Consultant, Production

John Lee is a world-renowned computer hacker and writer/director of narrative film and documentary projects about sci-fi and technology that explore the thematics of freedom and revolution. He consults with technology companies and has appeared on Wired Magazine’s cover, as well as on 60 Minutes for his expert commentary on the hacker world.

Elizabeth
Thompson

Consultant, Collaborations & Development

Elizabeth Thompson is a consultant, working with clients at the intersection of the arts, sustainable design + education and philanthropy. Prior to starting her practice, she served for 15 years as the Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, where she originated, among other programs, the influential Buckminster Fuller Challenge, which was recognized as “socially-responsible design’s highest award.” Thompson started her career in the arts as the director of the John Gibson Gallery and as a founding member of an Obie award-winning experimental performance company.

Amy
Sadao

Community Manager

Amy Sadao is the Program Director of Denniston Hill, an artist-led residency and platform for experimentation. From 2012-2019 she was the Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Sadao increased ICA’s visual presence and attendance and forged connections with institutions across the city and oversaw a staff, program, and audience that increasingly represented the racial demographics of Philadelphia. In 2015 she announced the largest gift in the museum’s history: a $10 million endowment extending the ICA’s curatorial research and exploration alongside artists. Previously, Sadao served for ten years as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City. She is Board Co-Chair of Asian Arts Initiative and serves on the board of the Leeway Foundation. She earned an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art.

Juanita
Lanzo

Local Labs Facilitator

Juanita Lanzo is a visual artist, whose artwork draws inspiration from the natural world and science fiction, she creates artwork that comments on gender and sexuality, body politics, violence, loss, and memory. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, BronxArtSpace, Wallworks, Bullet Space, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, NJ; Caguas Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, and Museum of Art and Anthropology in PR. From (2008-2018), she served as Director of Longwood Arts Project she organized over 50 solo and group exhibitions centered on issues of gender, race, and immigration, supplemented with public programs, professional development, and advocacy/career sustainable practices for visual artists. Her curatorial projects focus on emerging artists of color, especially women and the LGBTQ community. She graduated from City College of NY (2005 MFA) and University of Puerto Rico (BFA 1996), lives in East Harlem and works in the Bronx where she consults as an independent curator for En Foco and Bronx River Art Center.

James
Andrews

Strategic Consultant

James Andrews is the founder of Authenticated, a venture studio designed to build better companies, launch new ideas and illuminate influential people through experiences, content and investment advisory. Authenticated draws on a long and decorated career Andrews has had in entertainment, media, fashion and technology which provide incredible insights and experience on today’s rapidly evolving culture and business trends.

Alexis
Morley

Communications Advisor And Design Consultant

Alexis Morley became Director of Press Affairs at theatre-production company Loose Change Productions, after having served as an Associate in strategic communications for four years at The Dilenschneider Group. Previously, Morley worked in the editorial and marketing sectors of the book-publishing industry at such houses as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, St. Martin’s, Henry Holt, and Other Press. She began her career in the creative services department of Christie’s auction house, honing her skills, prior to moving to New York City, in marketing and public relations at RTL2, a radio station in Paris. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Modern Culture and Media focusing on critical and literary theory.

Rita
Walters

Senior Advisor in Residence

Rita Walters is a senior executive with broad domestic experience in finance and fundraising. After spending 13 years in Accounting in NYC/NJ, she landed her first role in the non-profit sector as the Special Events Manager for Baltimore Reads, a leader in adult literacy in Maryland before quickly moving onto fundraising leadership roles in the region. She has a heart for social justice and has also cultivated a lifelong interest in writing. She has served effectively both as a trustee/director in the not-for-profit sector for arts and social justice organizations, including The Contemporary Museum, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution and The Foundation for Educational Excellence. Ms. Walters currently serves as Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations for Union Theological Seminary in New York City. After two decades of living and working in Baltimore for educational, religious and non-profit institutions, first Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, The Baltimore Presbytery, Johns Hopkins University followed by senior leadership roles at Washington National Cathedral,Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and leading the silent phase of the campaign at MICA while accomplishing record setting goals, she was recruited to Catholic Charities of Maryland as the inaugural Chief Development Officer where she increased revenue by 20% within her first year before landing her dream role at Union. As a volunteer, she currently serves as resident senior advisor for Visions 2030, an evolving organization harnessing the artistic imagination to create new paradigms and new models of society. Ms. Walters holds a B.S. in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, studied at Wroxton College in the United Kingdom. She also holds a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Studies from the Institute for Policy Studies Center for Civil Society and a Masters of Liberal Arts both from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband, Troy (an accountant) currently live in NYC and Baltimore after many years in New Jersey. Their two adult children, Chaz and Chandler and two grand dogs, Barry Allen and LJ are all residents of Baltimore.