Operations & Finance Advisor
Jan Bailie has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit arena serving as director of finance and operations for agencies with budgets up to $10 million. Additionally, she has significant private sector financial management experience including serving as a CFO. Actively involved in planning and implementing the merger of Chicken Soup Brigade and Northwest AIDS Foundation, she was responsible for merging all financial records, consolidating client and donor information, and providing oversight of the renovation effort of two buildings to accommodate over 100 newly integrated staff members. Experienced in developing information and technology infrastructure and facility maintenance, she served for two years as the Deputy Director of the Lifelong Aids Alliance. Jan has a degree in Information Systems Management, and prior experience in graphic art development.
Web & Knowledge Manager
Since moving to Seattle in 2000 to pursue opportunities in digital publishing, Steve has served as Web and Print Publications Editor for Earshot Jazz, a non-profit arts presenter, and as a Premedia Coordinator for R.R. Donnelley. Steve has a B.A. in Music Performance from Wichita State University and performs regularly in a jazz trio around Seattle. He also operates a letterpress studio using century-old equipment he brought with him from Kansas.
Communications & Publications Manager
Carmen Graciela Díaz is a Puerto Rican journalist with more than a decade in writing and publishing. Carmen holds two master’s degrees, one from Columbia Journalism School in Arts and Culture reporting and the other from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Cultural Studies. She wrote her first book on the history of groundbreaking Puerto Rican publication, Avance. She has worked with Univision News Digital, El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora writing on arts journalism, lifestyle, entertainment, education and Hispanic issues. Over the years, Carmen has profiled several significant artists including Marina Abramovic, John Malkovich, Junot Díaz, Oliver Stone and Jane Goodall. She is currently an adjunct lecturer teaching journalism at Lehman College. Her thesis on the life of Puerto Rico’s first openly gay writer, Manuel Ramos Otero, will be published in Centro, Hunter College’s Puerto Rican Studies journal in 2018.
Deputy Director & Director of Programs
Nadia Elokdah most recently served as special projects manager with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs coordinating the City’s monuments commission. Prior, she served as coordinator in the development of the City’s first cultural plan, CreateNYC. In this role she coordinated and led hundreds of engagements with a broad cross-section of the public, as well collaborating in the writing and production of the plan. Nadia is a trained architect and design strategist, researcher, professor, and published author.
Sylvia Jung was most recently the Manager of Individual Giving at Ballet Hispanico, where she strategized donor stewardship and communications, and led the organization’s database conversion and adoption of their first integrated online fundraising and marketing platforms. Previously, she served in development roles at Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, and The New York Foundling. Sylvia is a longtime crisis hotline volunteer with the New York City Anti-Violence Project, and is proudly 100% a product of New York City public education.
Director of Operations & Finance
Champ Knecht has been working in non-profit finance for two decades, most recently as Deputy Director for Administration at The Drawing Center. Prior to that, he was at MoMA PS1, and in Pittsburgh PA at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Early in his career, Champ worked at New York Foundation for the Arts in its artist sponsorship program, and it was there that he realized arts management was to be his chosen career path. At The Drawing Center, he guided the institution through a major renovation and capital campaign. While he was Deputy Director, The Drawing Center became one of the first non-profits to successfully close out a major grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Champ is active on the Human Rights Campaign’s national Board of Governors, and is the Greater NY Steering Committee Co-Chair.
Sherylynn Sealy is a strategist, artist, and educator with a varied background. Prior to her role with Grantmakers in the Arts, Sherylynn was a Philanthropy Fellow with the New York Community Trust where she engaged with arts and culture funders and organizations across New York City. She previously served as a consultant for the New Haven Mayor’s Office and Superintendent’s Office on their implementation of the City-wide Youth Stat Initiative. Managing over 200 student-cases, she served as the point of contact for schools and local partners. A Teach for America alumna, she received her MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University, and her BS in Education and Psychology from Northeastern University. She serves on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and is the Producing Artistic Director at Greater Glory Nazarene Ministries in Brooklyn, NY. She continues to explore her passion for performing arts, traveling, and spreading a message of hope.
President & CEO
Edwin Torres joined GIA in October 2017. He most recently served as deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and on the GIA board of directors from 2011 through 2016. Torres has a strong and diverse history in arts philanthropy. Prior to joining the NYC Cultural Affairs office, he was an associate director with The Rockefeller Foundation and director of external partnerships for Parsons School of Design at The New School. He has also served on the arts and culture team at Ford Foundation as well as on the staff of Bronx Council on the Arts. He holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.
Musician, educator, and enthusiast of gastronomy, travel and the aviation industry, Aryo Wicaksono joined Grantmakers in the Arts as membership manager in January 2018, after previously serving for five years as Chamber Music America’s membership manager, and two years as the Artistic & Executive Director of the Yogyakarta International Music Festival Academy. As a US State Department Artist Grant Recipient, Aryo gave concerts, masterclasses and lectures in four cities in Serbia. He served as a juror for the 20th Serbia International Competition for Young Pianists in 2016 and 2012 Mozart International Competition in Thailand. A grateful and thankful graduate of the Colburn School and the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and Dance, Aryo recently received the 2016-2017 Honors Excellence in the Arts Award. He is also a 2017 New York Community Trust Fellow.