MAP is a New York City-based organization.
Phone: 212.226.1677 (voicemail only)
Executive Director, Moira Brennan Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers Under Moira’s leadership, the MAP Fund has dramatically increased the number of proposals reviewed annually and expanded the program’s formidable impact on contemporary American performance. Moira transitioned MAP from an in-house program at Creative Capital to an independent organizations, incorporating a dedicated board and multiple stakeholders, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She also co-designed two ongoing projects, MAP’s Scaffolding for Performing Artists program (with David Sheingold), now in its eighth year, and, in 2017, the field-wide Equity in the Panel Room project (with Ama Codjoe). Moira represents the MAP Fund throughout the country as a speaker on the complex interplay between creativity, art, power, and money in contemporary culture, and sits on the board of Movement Research. A former editor at Ms. magazine, Ms. Brennan has written about arts and social justice for a variety of publications. She is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Program Associate, Syeda Malliha Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers As a Bangladeshi immigrant and Bronx native, Syeda is passionate about issues of privilege and access and is deeply committed to helping MAP continue its groundbreaking work in empowering traditionally underrepresented artists. At MAP Syeda provides direct assistance in running its grant program and helps shape its organizational development through ongoing research on equity and anti-oppressive communication. Prior to joining MAP, she worked at the New Press—a nonprofit publishing house—where she helped design publicity campaigns for criminal justice books and African literature, including novels by Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Syeda has also worked with a variety of access-driven nonprofits and NGOs in the past, including the Legal Aid Society, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and the Laundromat Project. In her spare time Syeda writes about issues affecting first-generation immigrants and studies psychoanalytic theory surrounding issues of compassion and guilt. She is most interested in how people and institutions can employ restorative frameworks of justice through a lens of mutual culpability and care. Syeda holds a B.A. in English and Legal Theory from Amherst College.
Development Associate, Kim Savarino Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers Kim supports the development and growth of MAP, contributing research to build and support a program centering equity and transparency. She has worked in various capacities as a facilitator, researcher, and consultant with organizations including Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Arts Action Research, and Dance/NYC. Kim was one of nine mentees in the 2018 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training, previously served as co-chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, and co-organizes an ongoing gathering of NYC-based Asian diaspora activists, artists, and advocates. In addition to her work in arts administration, Kim is an artist and choreographer. She has worked with Ivo Van Hove, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Third Rail Projects, Andrei Serban, and Alex Ketley/The Foundry, among others. She studied dance at Florida State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Kim was raised in Southern California and West Virginia.
Director of Grants & Research, Lauren Slone Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers Lauren Ree Slone is a lifelong student of dance and a choreographic systems thinker who creates many different ways of connecting people and ideas. At MAP Fund, Lauren oversees the core grantmaking vision, strategy, and operations. She is focused on aligning MAP’s structural practices with its mission and values in efforts to facilitate a truly iterative, responsive, and anti-oppressive resource distribution process. Her recent writing on MAP’s ongoing evolution can be found in Americans for the Arts’ curated ARTSblog Salon and the GIA Reader. Over the past decade, she has also collaborated with various arts organizations across the United States to share her own performance work, and to build infrastructure and opportunities for artists via the founding and/or design of new education, producing, residency, and presentation programs. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Philosophy from West Virginia University, and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University School of Dance where she was the first Andrew W. Mellon Arts Administration Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, a Ballet Pedagogy Fellow, and pursued choreographic research in Israel, Spain, and France.
Moira Brennan has been director of the MAP Fund since 2004.
Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio with roots in Memphis, TN, and Accra, Ghana. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and Callaloo Writers Workshop. Her Pushcart Prize nominated poems have appeared in African Voices, Tidal Basin Review, Pluck!, Washington Square, Apex Magazine and are forthcoming in Callaloo. Ama recently received the Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellowship from the Creative Writing department at New York University.
Adriana Gallego was most recently Chief Operating Officer at the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). In her cumulative roles as an artist, administrator and educator she has developed programs, grants, services and resources in support of arts organizations, artists, universities/schools, community groups and government agencies. Prior to joining NALAC, Adriana was the Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Educational Assistant at the Norton Simon Museum, and Arts Educator throughout Arizona and California. Currently, Gallego is on the board of directors for Grantmakers in the Arts and MAP Fund.
Reuben Tomás Roqueñi is a nationally respected arts administrator with over 15 years experience in progressive program development, artist-centric support systems and grantmaking. Reuben is currently Director of National Artist Fellowships at Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, serving Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists, organizations, and programs across the US. Previously, Reuben was Program Officer in the Performing Arts Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as Grants Program Director at Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Reuben has served as board member for Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) and was a founding Board member of the Tucson Musicians and Artists Health Alliance. He is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s (NALAC) Leadership Training Institute, and the first NALAC Arts Advocacy Institute in DC. Reuben received his BFA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and is a multi-media visual artist.
Maura Tierney is an American film and television actress who is best known for her roles as Lisa Miller on the sitcom NewsRadio, Audrey Reede in Liar Liar (1997), Abby Lockhart on the medical drama ER and as Helen Solloway on the television drama The Affair for which she won the Golden Globe Award in 2016. Maura appeared on Broadway in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, directed by George C. Wolf. Maura is a member of the advisory board of The Wooster Group, where she has performed in North Atlantic (2010) and co-created The Town Hall Affair (2016). She lives in New York City and Los Angeles.
Sixto Wagan is the inaugural director for the Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston. Prior to this role, he led the contemporary art center DiverseWorks, serving a multitude of capacities including Artistic Director, Co-Executive Director and Performing Arts Curator. During his tenure, he organized more than one hundred projects and is especially well known for collaborating with performers whose works tackle prescient cultural, social, and political issues. He is a celebrated commissioner and producer of contemporary art works, and has served on the boards of the National Performance Network, The MacDowell Colony and QFest. He currently is a Hub Site for the National Dance Project and on the advisory board for the Texan French Alliance for the Arts. Mr. Wagan has been part of the Performing Arts Japan Advisory Committee, FUSED (French – US Exchange for Dance), the Contemporary Art Centers consortium and the Performing Americas Project; and has previously served as Dance Down Under Ambassador for the Australian Arts Council and as a primary consultant to Creative Capital. Wagan has served on a number of granting panels for private foundations, spoken at numerous national conferences, was published as part of Counting Beans: Intrinsic Impact of Art (Theater Bay Area), and has been recognized with two awards in Houston for Dance Presenting. He served on the Center for Houston’s Future Policy Committee for the 2014 Indicator Report on Arts and Cultural Heritage and is currently on the Culture and Tourism committee for the Greater Houston Partnership.
Meital Waibsnaider is a Senior Counsel at Kennedy Berg LLP, where her areas of practice include commercial litigation, intellectual property, real estate, employment, and not-for-profit governance. She and has represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, mediations, and international and domestic arbitrations. Waibsnaider also advises several not-for-profit cultural organizations on issues related to real estate, employment, not-for-profit governance, the structuring of new initiatives, and company policies.
Prior to joining Kennedy Berg, Waibsnaider was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where she worked in the areas of securities litigation, consumer protection/deceptive trade practices, products liability, white-collar investigations and regulatory matters relating to the securities industry, including internal investigations on matters pending before FINRA and the SEC. Waibsnaider also previously worked at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where she advised the agency on matters related to board governance, the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Code, the Freedom of Information Law, and bankruptcy disputes; she also drafted and negotiated agreements regarding capital projects, licenses, and funding.
Waibsnaider earned her J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law. Waibsnaider received a B.A. from Goucher College in 1999, where she graduated with honors and distinction, Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Committee. Waibsnaider is the author of How National Self-Interest and Foreign Policy Continue to Influence the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, 75 Fordham Law Review 391 (2006).