Tyrone Martin serves as Eyebeam’s Manager of Operations, working closely with the Executive Director as an integral part of the management team. Tyrone oversees all Human Resources and facilities, and assists in the fulfillment of development goals through budgetary management. Maintaining a deep understanding of the organization’s needs, he devises systems for all infrastructural processes. Tyrone is committed to developing solutions that can make his colleagues’ jobs easier on a daily basis, which in turn can bring enrichment to their lives.
Prior to Eyebeam, Tyrone also worked as Manager of Operations for a design/build firm in Bushwick. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in English from CUNY Hunter College.
Kemi is interested in creating tools and content for marginalized communities. Her work centers around creative technology management, digital accessibility, as well as propagating African makers and their work. She is currently working on two websites: an African news website, as well as further developing Africa Maker. Kemi comes to Eyebeam from working at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where she was the Digital Accessibility Fellow (2020). She holds a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Psychology from NYU.
Nat Lemus serves as Eyebeam’s Administrative Assistant, overseeing all administrative functions in the office and calendar management for the Executive Director. The zeal they bring to research, project management, creative problem solving, as well as their collaborative spirit makes them the backbone of Eyebeam, adding to the team’s overall ingenuity.
Prior to Eyebeam, Nat led the charge in supporting day to day administration, facility management, and internal company culture experience for companies like Casper, Nike, and Highsnobiety.
Nat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration and Art History from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Marisa Mazria Katz is a journalist who runs Eyebeam’s Center for the Future of Journalism, an initiative that connects artists to the world of major news outlets.
Marisa believes artists have the power to shape how we interpret major news events and decisions across the globe. Since starting ECFJ, Marisa has worked with over a dozen artists on award-winning projects for news outlets like The Guardian, Wired, The Atlantic, and many more.
Prior to Eyebeam, Marisa has worked as a journalist for over 20 years in countries that include Morocco, Israel/Palestine, and the UAE. She has been awarded major grants from the likes of the U.S. State Department, Keith Haring Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Andy Warhol Foundation for her journalistic work. Marisa holds a BFA in Film and TV from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters of Arts (magna cum laude) in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University.
Munira serves as Eyebeam’s Director of External Affairs, overseeing the organization’s Development, Marketing, and Communications, and rallying support through innovative storytelling. She brought early-career experience at a renowned economic justice organization to help grow leading community-focused cultural groups including National Sawdust, Creative Time, Queens Museum, and A Blade of Grass.
She is committed to dismantling racism, a passion recognized by activist-artists who tap her expertise in the production of new works, such as Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding.
While earning a Masters of Arts at New York University, her research examined and critiqued the effects of neoliberalism in the cultural sector. Prior, Munira received a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College.
Mad Pinney works in Marketing & Community Engagement with Eyebeam to expand its mission’s visibility and impact. She believes technology can be transformative – in potential and peril.
In tandem with Eyebeam, Mad is the Marketing & Programs Manager at POWRPLNT, an organization operating on the notion that access to technology is a right, not a privilege. There she facilitates community organizing, artist workshops, and leveraging the power of collective networks to build spaces of care and creativity.
Mad has also worked with NYC/LA art spaces SIGNAL, Amos Eno, and TRANSFER Gallery.
Mad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Media with a minor in Journalism and Art History from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication.
J. Soto is an arts worker and writer invested in amplifying the shared histories and experiences of queer people of color and disabled people. He believes in equitable institution-building and providing access to resources and support for visual artists and performers. His writing can be found in Original Plumbing, Apogee Journal: Queer History, Queer Now Folio, American Realness 2018 Reading series, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, Grant Makers in the Arts GIA Reader, and Dance/USA (forthcoming). His work is deeply influenced by his experiences as a queer transgender Latino who grew up in the Bay Area, with roots in Southern Arizona and the borderlands.
Roderick Schrock is an arts organizer and curator. As a non-profit executive, he leads the functional capacities of Eyebeam’s direct artist support and guides its focus to realign societal relationships with emergent technologies. He builds institutional capacity in order for artists to gain roles as cultural leaders and conceives and implements programs that elevate their work in society.
He currently teaches in the Curatorial Practice MA Program at the School of Visual Arts and has taught at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), California College of the Arts, and New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is a member of the Guild of Future Architects, sits on the Netherlands America Foundation Cultural Committee, and is a founding board member of Art+Feminism.
Schrock makes Brooklyn home where he lives with his partner, the writer Joon Oluchi Lee.
Sally Szwed guides Eyebeam’s artistic vision by shaping public initiatives, strategic partnerships, and artist support. Sally believes that artists are vital enactors of societal change, and are essential for inventing a radically equitable future. Sally is an accomplished arts leader in NYC. She previously directed the Creative Time Summit, an international convening on the intersection of art and politics. Sally grew the Summit in both scale and ambition, building an expansive global community while traveling iterations of the program to the 56th Venice Biennale and around the world. She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.
Yidan Zeng is the Programs Coordinator at Eyebeam, working to bring care and intimacy into educational youth programs like Digital Day Camp. Stitching together participatory performance and textiles in her own practice, she seeks to weave webs with no center. She’s been an Artist-in-Residence at Textile Arts Center (2020), a Digital Accessibility Fellow with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (2018), and a Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project (2018). She is passionate about how power and agency can be horizontally distributed, with and without technology.
Yidan received her BA and BFA from the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program in Computer Science and Glass.