Dance/NYC Board

Purpose of the Board of Directors

The purpose of Dance/NYC’s Board is to exercise fiduciary and strategic oversight of Dance/NYC in furtherance of its mission; to provide effective representation in the wider nonprofit, public and private sectors; and to actively contribute to the development of Dance/NYC’s financial and human resources. 

The Board of Directors has a series of committees which include the Committee on Trustees, the Finance and Audit Committee, and the Legal Committee.

Board of Directors Job Description.


Dance/NYC values justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity at all levels of its organization, including its Board, committees, task forces, and staff. Diversity in this context refers to groups and individuals identified by, for instance, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, status, religion, national origin, marital or partnership status, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. To foster the values of justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity, Dance/NYC seeks participation on its Board, committees, task forces, and staff from individuals who share and hold these values and reflect the diversity of the metropolitan New York City area, with a focus on majority African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) participation and disability and immigrant representation. According to 2020 Census data, the New York City population is approximately 69% ALAANA.  Census Data from the 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates suggests that the New York City population is 11% disabled, and 37% foreign-born. For a full overview of Dance/NYC’s values on justice, equity, and inclusion and the agendas that inform this work, please refer to Dance.NYC/equity/values.

As of January 2021, Dance/NYC’s board of directors has 9/17 ALAANA membership and includes immigrant and disability representation.

If you are interested in joining Dance/NYC's Board, please write Executive Director Alejandra Duque Cifuentes at [email protected].

If you would like to contact Dance/NYC's Board, please write to [email protected].

Dance/NYC Board

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Elissa D. Hecker, Esq., Chair

Law Office of Elissa D. Hecker Esq.

Camille Y. Turner

Camille Y. Turner, Vice Chair, Legal Committee Chair

Haug Partners

Jina Paik

Jina Paik, Treasurer, Finance and Audit Committee Chair

Nonprofit Finance Fund

 Brandi Stewart

Brandi Stewart, Secretary

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Alejandra is standing in front of a wooden wall. She is a fair-skin with short brown hair, a big smile, and a yellow blazer.

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Executive Director

Alice Sheppard Headshot

Alice Sheppard

Kinetic Light

Chris Bastardi Headshot

Chris Bastardi, Head of Strategy & Crisis

Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis

Christopher Pennington

Christopher Pennington, Committee on Trustees, Chair

Jerome Robbins Foundation and Trust

Deborah G. Adelman

Deborah G. Adelman

Dance Patron

Eduardo Vilaro, a Latino male with short black hair and brown eyes. He wears a black suit with a black shirt.

Eduardo Vilaro

Ballet Hispánico

Edward A. Brill

Edward A. Brill

Proskauer Rose

Dr. Gina Brown
Gina Gibney

Gina Gibney


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Juan José Escalante

Executive Director, National Dance Institute

Kathrin Heitmann

Kathrin Heitmann

Moody's Investors Service

Reshma Patel

Reshma Patel

Four Rivers

Shannon Zhu, Esq.

Shannon Zhu, Esq.


Susan Gluck Pappajohn

Susan Gluck Pappajohn

Michael Cataliotti headshot

Michael Cataliotti, Legal Committee

Principal, Cataliotti Law P.C.


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