Robert Ransick is an artist, designer and educator having shown work at Eyebeam, Exit Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The New Museum, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy, and in far-flung places such as the border of the United States and Mexico, old school classrooms and public plazas. He has received funding from Franklin Furnace, the Mellon Foundation, the Boomerang Fund for Artists and the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network. He has collaborated with Creative Time, the Center for Artistic Activism, the Aperture Foundation, and Blind Spot. Alongside his work as an artist, he has held the position of director at both the computing and photography departments at The New School for Social Research in New York. He is currently the Director of the Art and Entrepreneurship program at Bennington College’s Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA). He holds a BFA in Photography, with honors, from the School of Visual Arts, an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.
David Howe is a practicing artist, founder of 601Artspace, and Board Chairman of ART21. He is also Managing Member at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC. He maintains a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, near Eyebeam’s offices.
Kathleen O’Grady is a civic volunteer, philanthropist and art collector.
A long serving board member at Playwrights Horizons, Kathleen served as the Chair of the Board for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. At the Aldrich Museum, she chaired the capital campaign for the museum expansion and renovation. She is also a member of the Drawing Committee at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
From 1999 to 2001, she and her late husband, Tom O’Grady, served as Co-Chairs of the St. Martin’s University library campaign. Ms. O’Grady is also a member of the Board of Trustees.
Kaizar Campwala, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Al Jazeera Digital, has helped launch and build several digital media ventures. Prior to launching Jetty, a new audio brand for Al Jazeera, he co-founded CALmatters, a statehouse reporting organization in Sacramento, and led the business development and partnerships teams at Stitcher, the leading independent mobile podcast app. Kaizar is currently a board member at the San Francisco Public Press, and a mentor at the media accelerator Matter. He has an A.B. from Brown University, and an MBA from UCLA.
Jordan Harris is an experienced operating executive and entrepreneur. He is the COO of Glitch, the friendly community where millions of creators collaborate on making and discovering apps, bots, art, and anything else they can imagine. Harris is an advisor to startups and enterprise companies and a life coach at the Inspirica Women and Family Shelter. As a founder and operating executive, Harris has been recognized by many industry leading publications, such as Bloomberg, Wired, Fortune, Ad Age and Fast Companies’ list of Innovators. Harris is a graduate of The George Washington University and attended The Leadership and Change Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Powell MacDougall founded p|m Gallery in 2004 to support bringing work by emerging and mid-career artists to the international arena through solid programming, exhibition exchanges, an annual curatorial residency programme and participation in international art fairs. In its first year, the gallery was invited to participate in New Territories at ARCO Madrid – a curated selection of galleries from Canada organized by David Liss, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Prior to establishing p|m Gallery, Powell gained extensive experience in museums and the commercial art world, where she honed her ability to develop Canadian artists within the international scene, and vice versa.
Ramsey Nasser is a computer scientist, game designer, and educator based in Brooklyn. He researches programming languages by building tools that make computation more expressive and projects that question the basic assumptions we make about code itself. His games playfully push people out of their comfort zones, and are often built using experimental tools of his design. Ramsey is a former Eyebeam fellow and a professor at schools around New York.
Ruby Lerner is the founding Executive Director of Creative Capital, an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists.
Prior to Creative Capital, Ruby Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly. Having worked regionally in both the performing arts and independent media fields, she served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. In the late 1970s, she was the Audience Development Director at the Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York’s foremost nonprofit theaters.
In May 2016, Lerner was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Maine College of Art. In 2017, Lerner was the inaugural Herberger Institute Senior Policy Advisor at Arizona State University and Innovator-in-Residence at CalArts. For 2018 she is serving as Advisor to the Arts Exchange Program of the Open Society Foundation, assisting in the design of a new Fellowship Program for international artists.
She recently joined the Advisory Boards of New INC at the New Museum and Eyebeam, and was appointed to the Board of Directors at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
John Dimatos is the Senior Director of Design and Technology Communities at Kickstarter. He is also a co-founder and senior advisor to Water Canary, a social venture developing a fast, networked, water‐testing device that radically reduces the amount of time, expense, and skill required to test water for pathogens. He is also adjunct faculty at the Interactive Telecommunications Program of NYU, a “laboratory for the recently possible” and home to one of the most amazing communities of makers and thinkers in NYC.
Matt is a writer, technologist and communications leader working in Brooklyn, with roots in the technology, art and electronic music communities in the Pacific Northwest. He spent 15 years in various engineering and communications roles at Microsoft, most recently on the company’s strategic prototyping team.