CONTACT

CONTACT

MAP is a New York City-based organization.

Email: mapinfo@mapfund.org

Phone: 212.226.1677 (voicemail only)

If you are a grantee looking to update us on your work, please do so on the grantee updates page.

STAFF

Director of Development, Kamyar Atabai Based in NYC; Pronouns: he/him     Born in Iran, Kamyar is a graduate of Columbia University (BA), and the Yale School of Drama (MFA). As a theater director, he has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, from the West End and Broadway to the London Fringe and Off-Off Broadway. As a Development professional, he has worked at Baryshnikov Arts Center, National Council of Jewish Women, and The Paley Center for Media.

Consulting Operations Manager, SPA Program, David Blasher Based in NYC; Pronouns: he/him    David is a leader across legal and artistic settings in corporate and nonprofit organizations, where he helps teams translate mission-driven strategy into tactical application. Most recently at NBCUniversal, David was the Director of Global Legal Operations and Innovation, where he managed and developed initiatives to improve connectivity and effectiveness across the legal departments of all NBCUniversal business units. Prior to NBCU. David worked in legal technology and as a litigation associate at Davis Wright Tremaine, including pro bono work for the ACLU and OutsideIn homeless shelter serving LGBTQ+ Youth. Additionally, David is the Board Chair for Drama Club, a nonprofit that transforms the lives of young people in NYC who are incarcerated or court-involved, using improvisational theater and positive mentorship. With imagination and ensemble, Drama Club creates a stage for young people to share their voices and enjoy the power of play. For fun, David plays the cello with a rock band, and he relishes any chance to use musical & theatrical metaphors to illustrate an idea. B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Oregon School of Law.

Executive Director, Moira Brennan Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her    Moira strives to bring the dual lenses of justice and care to cultivating the field of contemporary live performance, on behalf of the many extraordinary individuals who dwell there, including artists, producers, supporters and audience members. She is especially interested in cross-organizational collaborations and coalition building within the arts sector and with non-arts, justice-driven sister entities. Moira is the former chair of the board of Movement Research, and has written for a variety of publications on the complex interplay of art, power and money. She is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Program Associate, Maya Quetzali Gonzalez Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her    Maya focuses on how the MAP Fund can better serve our artist communities, structuring programs to assist the goals of the artists in tandem with MAP’s mission. Prior to joining MAP, Maya worked at the Public Theater, where she assisted with production at Shakespeare in The Park and the Under The Radar Festival, and conducted dramaturgy, communications, and other administrative duties at the Public Shakespeare Initiative. Maya is a 2020 Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Drama (concentrating in directing and choreography) and a minor in producing. She attended NYU as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar, and is excited to continue working toward greater equity in the arts at MAP Fund. She is also an organizer working in electoral politics for the national Sunrise Movement. Website: MayaQuetzali.com 

Administrative Coordinator, Sarah Mostov Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her    Sarah is an Academy-trained opera singer who found New York in 2009, and quickly carved out a niche for herself in the gritty-yet-glamorous community of alternative performance art. She is a performer and producer in clubs, bars, and back rooms of the NYC underground, combining the beauty of classical operatic performance with the excitement of modern burlesque and comedy. She created OPEROTICA, a variety show that puts a spin on traditional opera singing, sharing it as a diverse modern, and subversive art form. Sarah has worked for numerous arts organizations, including Columbia Artists Management and the Metropolitan Opera. In 2017, she began working as the Program Manager at the nonprofit arts collaborative, Asylum Arts, where she would help manage retreat logistics, produce events, spearhead marketing campaigns, and handle small grants programming in an effort to spark change through the arts. Sarah currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two charming but mischievous cats.

Consulting Director, SPA Program, Ron Ragin, Based in New Orleans; Pronouns: he/him    Ron is a researcher, strategist, organizer, and interdisciplinary artist. He partners with artists, organizations, and grantmaking institutions to help them move in deeper alignment with their values, goals, and principles — toward that ever-shifting space of liberation. Ron worked in the field of (arts and cultural) philanthropy for nearly a decade, with program officer posts at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He also worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Alongside his research and strategy work, Ron sustains a vibrant performance and creative writing practice, rooted in music of the African Diaspora, improvisation, liberation aesthetics, and the development and maintenance of spiritual technologies. His artistic work centers around the role of sound, and the unamplified human voice in particular, in transforming our environment, our selves, and each other. Ron lives in New Orleans, makes a mean red velvet cake, and can throw down on some biscuits.

Development Manager, Kim Savarino Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her    Kim supports MAP’s development and growth, contributing research to build a program that centers equity and transparency. She has worked with organizations including Arts Action Research, Dance/NYC, and DDCF, and formerly served as co-chair of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee. Kim is a performer, choreographer, and proud company member with Third Rail Projects and La MaMa’s Great Jones Rep. Recent artistic projects include a Broadway lab choreographed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, an Italian “spectacle” directed by Romeo Castellucci, and playing the prophetess Cassandra in Andrei Serban’s revival of The Trojan Women. She has choreographed performance works in spaces ranging from traditional stages to concrete backlots, and her work has received support from MANCC’s Forward Dialogues Lab, the EstroGenius Festival, and the WV Dance Festival. Kim studied dance at Florida State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and grew up in West Virginia.

Director of Grants and Research, Lauren Slone Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her    Lauren oversees the grant program’s strategy and operations. Over the past fifteen years, she has re-imagined and created grant programs, arts education curricula, youth mentorship programs, presentation platforms, and performance projects that democratize public access to arts and culture throughout the United States. 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. Website: Lauren-Slone.com

BOARD

Moira Brennan is the Executive Director of the MAP Fund.

Ama Codjoe is the author of the chapbook Blood of the Air and the recipient of a 2019 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship among other honors. Ama recently served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Justice and Inclusion at The New School and is a co-director of the National Guild for Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI).

Adriana Gallego is the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA). Prior to joining AFTSA, Gallego was the first Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Reuben Tomás Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mayo/Chicanx)  is currently Director of Transformative Change Programs at Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. 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 the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Maura Tierney is an American film and television actress best known for her roles as Lisa Miller on NewsRadio, Audrey Reede in Liar Liar (1997), Abby Lockhart on ER and as Helen Solloway on The Affair for which she won the Golden Globe Award in 2016. 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).

Sixto Wagan is the inaugural director for the Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston.  Previously he led the contemporary art center DiverseWorks, serving in a multitude of capacities including Artistic Director, Co-Executive Director and Performing Arts Curator. 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 General Counsel at Blue State, a digital strategy and technology firm. Previously, she was Senior Counsel at Kennedy Berg LLP, a commercial litigation firm based in Manhattan, worked in the General Counsel’s office at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and was a dancer with the Israel Ballet.

Banner: MAP 2020 grantee Casta by Adrienne Dawes with Graham Reynolds & Jenny Larson. Photography by Bonica Ayala.