Introducing the Queens Workspace Initiative (QWI) Steering Committee!

David Johnston

EtM is pleased to announce the steering committee members for its Queens Workspace Initiative.  These individuals, all prominent leaders in the Queens and New York City nonprofit arts sector,  have been instrumental in shaping the surveys that are currently being disseminated to Queens-based performing artists and cultural facilities and have proven an essential resource in helping connect us with the Queens performing arts communities.  We thank them for their invaluable contributions to the QWI and look forward to their continued input and feedback as the study unfolds.


Leslie Koch, President
The Trust for Governors Island
New York, NY

As president of The Trust for Governor’s Island, Leslie Koch is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and on-going operation of the 150 acres of the Island owned by The Trust. Under her leadership since 2006, Governors Island has been transformed from an abandoned military base into a vibrant public space, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and a diverse array of arts and cultural programs. Prior to The Trust, Ms. Koch was the CEO of the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization affiliated with the New York City Department of Education. She increased public participation in education and secured nearly $160 million in private sector support. Leslie is native New Yorker and  resides in Brooklyn.


Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director
Flushing Town Hall
Flushing, NY

Ellen Kodadek is the Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts at historic Flushing Town Hall (circa 1862), with over 30 years of experience in non-profit arts administration.  She has served as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Tier Celebrates in Binghamton, NY and the Director of Public Relations & Marketing for Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, NY. Kodadek’s consulting projects include: as Management Consultant & Co-Artistic Director of 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY as well as Management Consultant to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Reel to Real “On the Road” Program.  Kodadek has served on numerous committees; as invited speaker on programming, presenter-artist relationships, festivals and outdoor presenting; and on numerous grants panels, including, as an ongoing Panelist for NYSCA’s Presenting Program.



Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director
Queens Council on the Arts
Astoria, NY

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts. As a lifelong Queens resident, she is a firm believer in the power of the arts to mobilize and transform community. She is a blogger who writes style notes for people who change the world and works with social media and web properties to create investable spaces for nonprofits. In addition, Hoong Yee is the author and illustrator of two picture books for children.


Susan Latham, Director of Institutional Giving
The Actors Fund
New York, NY

Susan Latham is the Director of Institutional Giving at The Actors Fund.  Susan’s career has spanned the performing arts, social services and higher education. She began her career in the performing arts where she toured on three continents as Company Manager for Meredith Monk/The House Foundation, raised funds and booked national and international tours for music, theater and dance artists, and produced three shows that toured nationally and were presented at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. She has worked as Director of Development at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and, most recently, as Associate Director at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU Law School. She serves on the Boards of Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater (Secretary), Ping Chong & Company (Treasurer) and Performing Artservices (Secretary).  A long-time resident of Queens, she and her family live in Jackson Heights.


Andrew M.  Manshel, Executive Vice President
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Jamaica, NY

Andrew M. Manshel is an attorney and  Executive Vice President of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and President of Jamaica Capital Corporation and Jamaica First Parking. For 10 years, Mr. Manshel was Associate Director and Counsel at the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation and General Counsel and Director of Public Amenities to the Grand Central and 34th Street Partnerships.  Mr. Manshel is a Director and the Treasurer of Project for Public Spaces and a member of the Board of the Riverside Park Fund.  He plays the renaissance lute and the theorbo.


Paul Parkhill, Executive Director
Long Island City and Brooklyn, NY

Paul Parkhill is the Executive Director of Spaceworks, a nonprofit whose mission is to build long-term, affordable work space for visual and performing artists throughout New York City. Between 1999 and 2012 Paul served as the Director of Planning and Development at the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, a nonprofit that has redeveloped more than 600,000 square feet of space for industrial, artisanal and arts-related businesses. In 1997 Paul co-founded Place in History, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts organization that sponsors public art and public history projects about New York City neighborhoods.


Taryn Sacramone, Managing Director
Queens Theatre
Astoria, NY

Taryn Sacramone is the Managing Director of the Queens Theatre and prior to this served as the executive director at the Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC.) Ms. Sacramone’s excellent work in New York’s nonprofit performing arts sector has been recognized by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who honored her with an Artistic Achievement Award as part of Women’s History Month.  In addition she was chosen by Senator Michael Gianaris as one of the 2013 New York State Senate “Women of Distinction.” From 2002-2010, she worked at the Social Science Research Council, an independent, nonprofit international research organization based in Brooklyn. She is a member of Queens Community Board 1 and has served on grant review panels for the Queens Council on the Arts and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.




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