Tim Cynova serves as Chief Operating Officer of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology company working with more than 500,000 artists and organizations across North America helping them operate more effectively as small businesses and entrepreneurs. As COO, Tim oversees the company's Finance, Operations, and People functions. He spends his days working to create and maintain an innovative workplace, with a sense of shared purpose, where people can produce their best work, and thrive.
During his time at Fractured Atlas the organization has adopted unlimited days off, launched the Visiting Professionals Series, OkTECHberfest, Waffle Wednesdays, Sophisticated Cocktail Fridays, Job Crafting, Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), and an office kitchen equipped with five different ways of making coffee. (Find out more about life at Fractured Atlas at work.fracturedatlas.org.)
Prior to joining Fractured Atlas, he served as Executive Director of The Parsons Dance Company and of High 5 Tickets to the Arts. Tim is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a certified Crucial Conversations trainer, and in his spare time, he is an avid bicyclist who enjoys bourbon, burritos, and artisanal donuts. You can find him on Medium and Twitter at @timcynova.
Rasu Jilani is an independent curator, cultural producer, social sculptor, and entrepreneur. His work investigates the intersections of art, culture, and civic engagement to raise critically-conscious conversations between artists, their local communities, and the wider public. Jilani's projects are dedicated to promoting awareness around pressing social issues through exhibitions and community-driven programs. Currently, Rasu serves as the Director of Cultural Diversity and Strategic Partnerships at NEW INC, The New Museum’s creative entrepreneurship incubator for art, tech, and technology.
From 2013 through 2016, Jilani worked at MAPP International Productions as the Director of Community Programs. His work at MAPP included programming the humanities for Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited - a citywide retrospective, Triple Consciousness: Black Feminism(s) in the Time of Now at Brooklyn Museum, Days of Art and Ideas at The New School, artists’ salons, community discussions, and artists led workshops. Prior to joining MAPP, he worked with over 125 artists to curate, design and manage artistic and community events addressing social concerns and civic issues through his brand Coup d’etat Brooklyn. He served a two-year tenure as Senior Fellow of Arts, Culture, and Sustainability at the Pratt Center for Community Development, where he managed art and cultural programs designed to connect New York City neighborhoods with Pratt Center’s community and environmental sustainability projects.
Rasu is an alum of Syracuse University and often teaches Theater, Civic Engagement and Activism courses at The New School.
Zachary Laks is the Co-Founder of Form Theatricals. With a background in general managing and producing theater, Zach is developing new strategic methods to grow lean and responsively. Recent projects include: Drew Droege and Michael Urie's Bright Colors And Bold Patterns (New York Times Critics' Pick), Broadway Dance Lab, Liberty the Musical, Handbook For An American Revolutionary, Paper Canoe, and Parallel Exit. Zach has held numerous positions at a variety of performing arts organizations around the country. Zach graduated with honors from the Ithaca College Theater Management program.
Zach is also a freelance travel writer with stories published with Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor's Online, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Yahoo.
MONICA O. MONTGOMERY
Monica O. Montgomery is an international keynote, graduate professor, museum director and cultural entrepreneur, curating media and museums to be in service to society. She recently spoke at TedX Charlottesville and a winner of the 2016 Arts Entrepreneurship Award from Fractured Atlas. She is the founding director and chief curator of Museum of Impact the world’s first mobile social justice museum, inspiring action at the intersection of art, activism, self and society. She curates Museum of Impact’s traveling exhibits, examining current events, creative resilience, human rights and social movements.
Additionally, Monica is the Strategic Director of Museum Hue a multicultural platform, championing diversity and people of color, in arts, culture museums and creative economy. As a sought after public speaker and coach for executives and career changers, she frequently trains leaders and and partners with universities and museums to facilitate diversity, leadership pipelines, equity & inclusion initiatives. Monica is an alumna of Temple University and La Salle University, with degrees in Public Relations and Communication. She is an adjunct professor at Harvard University, holding leadership positions in American Alliance of Museums, Museums As Sites of Social Action and AMA UK, and a dynamic empowerment speaker and educator who keynotes at conferences internationally.
Donna Walker-Kuhne is President of Walker International Communications Group, a 30 year old boutique marketing and audience development consulting agency. She provides consulting services to numerous arts organizations throughout the world and has generated over $20m in earned income. She is also Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. A veteran of over 19 Broadway productions, her nonprofit clients include Restoration Art, 2econd Stage Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance USA and The Apollo Theater. She is co-founder of Impact Broadway a multicultural project that engages over 300 students as audience members for Broadway with the goal to empower this community to be economic drivers of new audiences for the Broadway Theater district. She is a lecturer and key note presenter for arts conferences in Moscow, Russia, Blomfontein, South Africa, University of Berlin, AMA Conference in Edinburgh and Australian Arts Conferences.
Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, architecture, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative to create and support truly affordable commercial space for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City.
Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by MoMA, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, and many collaborators. Recent group exhibitions include: Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series over the next three years. Woolard is a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and the New School, is an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum of Art, and was just named the 2015 Arts and Social Justice Fellow at the Judson Church.