Stephen moved to Brooklyn in 1998, drawn to the vibrancy of its arts community. In 2006 his passion for the arts led him to co-found Canteen, where he served as Executive Director until 2014.
At Canteen, Stephen produced numerous public art shows and events, founded an arts tutoring program for at-risk youth, and published two biannual, nationally-distributed journals. As a 20-year Brooklyn resident, Stephen has fought to keep the borough artist-friendly—both as an elected County Committee member, and as a member of Community Board 2 and its Cultural Affairs committee. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University’s Modern Culture and Media program. He currently resides in Greenpoint with his wife and two young daughters.
Director of Programs
Fareen is a native New Yorker whose curiosities about the everyday nature of city life has led her to work on public space and community engagement projects across NY.
Fareen has previously worked as a Gradute Aide of NYC Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks Program, Fellow for the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp. and most recently, was Community Engagement & Planning Manager of the SoHo Broadway Initiative. Fareen is among the first cohort of graduates from Pratt Institute’s M.S. in Urban Placemaking & Management program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Design, Policy & Planning from Stony Brook University. When she isn’t exploring city streets by foot, she enjoys cruising the waterways via. NYC Ferry.
Originally from Shanghai, China, Sally was previously the Collections Management Assistant at the Smithsonian Freer | Sackler Museum of Asian Art. She holds a master’s degree in Museum Studies
Zhiyuan Yang was born in Beijing, China. She was dreaming of becoming a journalist, then suddenly decided to do some art. Now, Yang prefers being a starving artist but keeps her dignity.
Board of Directors
Rodney is ArtBridge’s Founder, Board Chairman and Chief Instigator. Previously, Rodney was Principal and Creative Director of New York-based Stormhouse Partners,
Manjari Sharma is an internationally published photo-based artist born and raised in Mumbai, India and based in Brooklyn, New York.
Charlë Webb is a real estate professional with an extensive background in the arts as an accomplished actress, writer and producer for film and television, and is a lifelong New Yorker.
Bronwyn works at Lightspeed HQ as Director of Corporate Development and Business Analytics.
Hannah joined Sotheby’s as Director of Museum Services after fifteen years of working with museums around the globe.
Laura is a Bronx-based artist and community activist. She is the co-founder and VP of the BxArts Factory, a nonprofit that supports Bronx-based artists who use their work for social change.
Jim is a painter and photographer who also teaches Studio Arts, Art History and Museum Studies; a duality that is reflected in his artwork.
Anna is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Say Ah!, Inc, a health literacy nonprofit.
James is President of James Lima Planning + Development, an advisory firm focused on investments in the public realm
Andrea is the founder and CEO of NYLUX Events, an event production company based in NYC.
Robert is an Executive Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, where he focuses on investment sales in Manhattan’s Inwood and Washington Heights.
Kim is a development professional who has enabled New York City nonprofit arts organizations to meet financial, administrative, audience, and membership goals for the past decade.
Robert is the Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line.
Erin is the founder and Executive Director of Ioby, a crowdfunding site for projects with socially beneficial aims.
Candice Bruder is a Vice President at MWW, a public relations firm headquartered in Manhattan.
Christopher is the President and COO of Shomei Capital, an advisory firm.
He has over 20 years of experience in operations and as investor, primarily in Asian markets, where he lived and worked for many years. Chris holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is actively involved in community outreach and service and enjoys spending time with his two young children.
Stephanie Lynn Ackler
Stephanie is the Managing Director of Investments and at Ackler Wealth Management, which she established in 2001.
Lindsey is a cross-disciplinary marketing professional at Mcgarrybown with integrated media expertise.
Joe is the owner of United Hoisting & Scaffolding Corp, which has served the NYC construction industry with for the past 50 years,
Hakan is Vice President at Blue 9 Capital, a New York-based private equity firm.
Zoe is an NYC-based designer and academic. She is currently an associate at LOM Property Consultants,
Patty has more than 15 years of public relations and marketing experience, providing communications counsel for healthcare and technology companies
James is a partner at Cushman Wakefield, one of New York City’s premier real estate brokerage firms.
The need to give back to the community was an early call for James. He is Vice President of the board for The Catalog for Giving—an NYC nonprofit that funds programs that serve at-risk youth. James has also been honored by the Varardi Ovarian Initiative for Cancer Education (VOICE) as their corporate honoree. In addition, James has been an adjunct professor at NYU since 2005, and is currently a board member at JournalDoc, which provides mechanisms for the medical community to access up-to-date research. James is excited to join ArtBridge’s Advisory Council to foster synergies between New York City’s arts and real estate communities.