(Who We Are)

ELNYA is a multidisciplinary arts network and professional development group for creative leaders in their 20s and 30s. Through innovative programing, open dialogue, and a collaborative community we redefine what it means to be an emerging arts leader in New York City. 

What We Value


(What We Do)

To build communities by creating connections and spaces for art leaders from all backgrounds to feel welcome, empowered, and inspired. ELNYA strives to be a catalyst for change by fostering an environment of exploration and innovation, and providing access to experiences.

How We Do It

ELNYA hosts monthly events ranging from casual networking Happy Hours, to content-based panel conversations and peer-to-peer dialogues (Creative Conversations), to attending cultural hubs like theaters, museums and performance venues (Culture Club). Through our programming, we strive to bring important conversations to the forefront such as those around equity, access, empowerment and more.


Jessica Lantos (Co-Chair) 

Jessica Lantos has served as Board Chair of Emerging Leaders of NY Arts since 2012. Previously a member, she transitioned to the Board then to Co-Chair in 2011. As an arts and business specialist with over ten years of national experience in the for-profit and non-profit art worlds, she currently works with art fairs and galleries at Atelier 4, Inc., an asset-based, full-service fine art logistics company with offices in NYC, LA and Miami. She has worked at an art advisory, Sotheby’s, Neue Galerie and the Blanton Museum. In her spare time, she’s practicing head stands at yoga, connecting arts advocates, and eating cacio e pepe. She holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin and a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Boston College.


Hanaah Frechette (Co-Chair)

Hanaah Frechette is the Executive Director of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the premier flamenco dance and music companies in New York City. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Dance and Spanish and recently completed the 2016 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategies through National Arts Strategies and Penn University. She was a 2014 Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow and now serves as co-chair on the Board of Directors. Hanaah serves on the Steering Committee of the Arts for All Abilities Consortium, an advocacy organization for arts education for students with disabilities. Hanaah is also a freelance choreographer and dancer, most recently working with Empty Nave Projects, Artists by Any Other Name and Kaley Pruitt Dance.


Alicia Boone

Alicia Boone is known as an infectiously passionate and civic-minded connector who consistently finds innovative ways to invite everyday people into arts and culture. Alicia is currently the Associate Curator of Public Programs at the Brooklyn Museum, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Emerging Leaders of New York Arts where she is also Chair of the Advisory Board Committee. With a Master of Professional Studies from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Science from Edinboro University, Alicia’s combined experience in Arts and Cultural Management and Business Marketing has enriched a breadth of communities including museums, universities, performance organizations and associations. Skilled in community engagement, public program curation and arts administration, Alicia is able to activate spaces, interpret context and leverage local artist talent to cultivate memorable experiences.  In 2012, Alicia was one of 25 well-connected individuals from across the country selected for the NOLAbound Fellowship, to assess the status of New Orleans as a model of new business progress and thinking. She currently resides in Flatbush, Brooklyn.


Carianne Bennett

Carianne Bennett is currently the Manager of the Matinees at the Met program with the Metropolitan Opera Guild (MOG). There she oversees all logistics associated with the Guild's final dress rehearsal program at the Metropolitan Opera house.  She brings over 15,000 students per year to Met dress rehearsals, serving students and communities throughout the New York metro area. Prior to joining the MOG team, Carianne worked in development and educational capacities with the American Boychoir School, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Opera Company of Brooklyn. Originally from North-Central New Jersey, Carianne holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a M.M. in Teaching from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. When not attending a cultural event in NYC, you can find Carianne snuggling with her fluffy companion, Fig Newton Bennett-Cobb.


Jessica Epstein

Jessica is interested in creating arts events that make people feel connected to others in their community and provide opportunities for personal creativity. She is a current Masters candidate in Baruch College’s Arts Administration program. In her day job, Jessica serves as Casting Associate Producer on History Channel's American Pickers, Cineflix Productions in New York City. Prior to Cineflix, Jessica was Workshop Programs Coordinator for Community Works, a nonprofit arts and education organization whose mission is to bridge schools and communities, enrich educational curricula and celebrate neighborhood cultures and histories. When not at her day job (and not in school) Jessica is usually working with Mobile Print Power, a multi-generational printmaking collective based in Corona Queens that aims to engage the public around social issues and injustice to create change. She is also involved with Sunu Thiossane: Youth Development Agency, where she traveled to Dakar, Senegal to facilitate a summer arts and english camp and act as Executive Producer on a short film. She can often be found romping around the boroughs of New York, always looking for new ways to fall in love with the city.


Samantha Hacker 

Samantha Hacker is the Manager of Corporate Programs at The Moth, the acclaimed international storytelling event, where she manages The Moth’s portfolio of corporate sponsors and clients. In her role, she has produced Moth storytelling workshops and events for companies including Facebook, Google, REI, Peet’s Coffee and the International Committee of the Red Cross. An alumna of NYU's graduate program in Performing Arts Administration, Samantha has held roles across marketing, fundraising and finance at institutions including New York Theatre Workshop, The New Victory Theater, and cultural management consulting firm DUNCH. Samantha previously lived in Washington DC, where she earned her bachelor's in Business Administration from American University and worked as a marketing consultant for non-profits. She is a proud resident of Clinton Hill, a lover of musical theater and always on the hunt for babka.


Marilyn Haines

Marilyn Haines caught the performance bug growing up in rural Kansas, where she often wrote plays starring her relatives (likely against their will) to be performed on the porch at her grandparents' home. That early passion for theater and the arts led her to Bachelor's Degrees in Theater Performance and Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Kansas. In 2015, Marilyn earned a Master's Degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, and during her studies held positions at Elevator Repair Service Theater Company, Triple 8 Management (Austin, TX), and 21C Media Group. This past year, she returned to Elevator Repair Service Theater as the Director of Development. Offline, you can find Marilyn digging around Bushwick thrift stores for vintage clothing and playing cat mom to Levon and Ophelia.


Minji Kim

A Korean transplant, Minji now resides in Manhattan and works for the International Society for the Performing Arts, a non-profit association with a membership that includes 450 arts organizations from over 55 countries. She serves in the key role of developing the organization’s communications strategy and performing the registration coordination for its congresses. As the Chair of the Alumni Council at NYU’s Performing Arts Administration program, she has also been spearheading the launch of a mentorship program between current students and alumni. Minji completed a master’s degree in mass communications with a specialization in public relations from the University of Florida and a second master’s degree in performing arts administration from New York University. Latin dancing and Bikram yoga are the secrets to keeping her mojo flowing.


Victoria Rey

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Victoria graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. Victoria currently works as the Education Coordinator at the Metropolitan Opera where she manages the daily operations of the Met’s HD Live in Schools program. Previously, she served two years as an AmeriCorps member in Providence, RI where she was the music arts integration specialist in a Providence middle school. In addition, Victoria serves on the Associate Board for Generation Citizen and is a Chapter Co-Leader for the New York City chapter of AmeriCorps Alums. Victoria can be found in Crown Heights, devising new photo documentary projects and thinking about the intersection between art and social justice.


Jackie Miller (Board Emeritus)

Since March 2012 Jackie has been the Artistic Director of Only Make Believe, a non-profit which creates and performs interactive theatre for children in over 50 hospitals and care facilities throughout New York City and Washington DC.  After earning her BFA in Performance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jackie curated and produced educational arts initiatives at the college level for five years with campuses including Columbia University, New York University, SUNY New Paltz, Hunter College and Sarah Lawrence College.  She was an inaugural member of NYU’s masters program in Arts-Politics, also at the Tisch School of the Arts, where she focused on how the performing arts can be used to intervene and transform the social world.


Former ELNYA Board Members

Christy Bolingbroke

Marisa Catalina Casey

Emma Cofer

Tim Cynova

Mathew Heggem

Selena Juneau-Vogel

Teresa Koberstein

Aryana Law

Yooree Losordo

Lisa Lurie

Regan Lynn

Stephanie Pereira

Shira Rosenhaft

Alexis Ortiz

Nicole Meritt

Michelle Paul

Simone Eccleston

Erin Eisenberg

Janis J.H. Aust

Liz Schuster

Jose Serrano-Reyes

Dana Weissman

Laura Bandel 

Elizabeth Lee

Caleb Way