Anne Fitzgibbon is founder and Executive Director of the Harmony Program, a nonprofit organization that provides intensive after-school music training to children in under-served communities in New York City and Long Island. In 2007, Ms. Fitzgibbon was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work with Venezuela’s National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (“El Sistema”), a model that has inspired and informed her work with the Harmony Program. Prior to her career in arts education, Ms. Fitzgibbon was Director of Operations and Deputy to the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY) and served for five years as a policy advisor in the Mayoral administrations of Michael R. Bloomberg and Rudolph W. Giuliani, focusing principally on social services, youth programs, and education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College while studying clarinet at the Juilliard School.
Board of Directors and Staff
Polly Kahn, one of the original co-founders of the New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable, was delighted to rejoin the board in 2014. Polly is principal of PK Arts Solutions/PK Orchestra Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, organizational assessment and program design, executive search, and executive coaching. She is formerly vice president of the League of American Orchestras, the service organization for American orchestras, where she designed professional development opportunities for orchestra boards, staff, musicians and music directors, including executive education programs and the national conference. At the League, Polly also served as the advisor to the education/community leaders in the League’s 800 member orchestras. She is formerly director of education for the New York Philharmonic and for the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y; assistant director of the Lincoln Center Institute, and on the staffs of the Marlboro Music Festival and Casals Festival. Her 2014-15 articles speaking to best practices in the education and community realm in American orchestras have been widely distributed in Symphony Magazine, via the “Animating Democracy” series for Americans for the Arts, and via polyphonic.com. She is the recipient of the InterSchool Orchestras Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education.
Sobha Kavanakudiyil is a Co-Chair for The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and she is a faculty member in The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. She also works as an Arts Education Consultant is part of the inaugural class of the American’s for the Arts Speaker’s Bureau, a Mentor for the Arthur Miller Foundation and Department of Education mentoring program and on the Board of Directors for American’s for the Arts. She is the recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Fellowship and has traveled to Seoul, Korea and Puebla, Mexico to share her love of theatre with teachers and artists abroad. Sobha is committed to quality arts education! You can follow her on Twitter @MsSobhaK.
David King is an actor, director, poet, educator, curator and New York City native. He is a social justice advocate committed to collaboration, community empowerment and foundational professional development based on equity, inclusion and anti-racism principles. He is the Program Director of School Partnerships at Community-Word Project and Co-Founder of The Seven Collective – a NYC-based artist collective. He has acted in award-winning feature films screened at the SOHO International and Art of Brooklyn Film Festivals. As a member of Actors’ Equity Association, he received critical acclaim for Off Broadway and FringeNYC roles from The New York Times and Time Out New York. His chapbook, Because the View, is a collection of original poems, musings and photos inspired by growing up and aware in NYC. His writing was also featured in the poetry anthology The Barbershop Chronicles (Penmanship Books). He is a member of the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee and Taskforce on Equity and Inclusion. He previously worked at the Harlem Children’s Zone in early childhood education. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and earned a B.A. in Theatre from The City College of New York (CUNY). He appreciates those who contribute to the process.
Kati Koerner has been the Hiltz Director of Education at Lincoln Center Theater since 2002. She is also a member of the drama faculty at The Juilliard School. Ms. Koerner’ s experience as an arts educator includes having been a high school drama teacher at Boston’s Commonwealth School, and a teaching artist for theaters and community-based organizations in the U.S. and in Germany. Ms. Koerner was Co-Chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable from 2011-2017. She currently co-chairs the Roundtable’s annual Face to Face conference and chairs its Development Committee.
Monica O. Montgomery, is an arts and culture innovator using creativity and narrative as a means of bridging the gap between people and movements. As an independent curator, museum consultant and speaker, she uses her platforms to be in service to society. She is cofounder + strategic director of Museum Hue a multicultural organization advancing DEAI initiatives, centering people of color in arts, culture, museums and creative economy.
As a museum activist, Monica advocates globally for social justice. She is the founding director of Museum of Impact, a mobile social justice museum, at the intersection of art, activism, society. Monica delivered a TedX talk entitled ‘How To Be an Upstander’ challenging everyone to stand /speak and act up for social good. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communication from Temple University and Masters of Arts in Corporate Communication from LaSalle University. She taught at Harvard University, Pratt Institute, and NYU. Monica holds leadership advisory positions in NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Leading Changemakers, MASS Action. She has completed fellowships with National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellows, Race Forward’s Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab and is currently a fellow with the Human Impacts Institute
Gary Padmore is Director of Education and Community at Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and is responsible for developing and overseeing its education and community programs, partnerships, and performances. In this role, he also leads the organization’s Education Committee, which is an advisory group with the shared mission of deepening and growing the program’s impact within its community through financial, programmatic, and community support. In nearly 15 years, Padmore’s broad experiences have led him to schools and community organizations throughout the five boroughs andLong Island. As an administrator, he has worked to deepen partnerships to ensure sustainable and high-quality programming. Before OSL, he served as Associate Director of Programs at Midori & Friends, providing skill-based music instruction and enrichment programs throughout New York City. Padmore previously held the position of Interim Education Director for Brooklyn Philharmonic, was a teaching artist at Queens Museum, American Composers Orchestra and Police Athletic League, and was an adjunct lecturer at Queens College. This season, Mr. Padmore was awarded an Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators fellowship through EmcArts. A trumpet player and native New Yorker, Padmore has a bachelor’s degree in music from Queens College, a master’s degree from Mannes College, and an advanced certificate in music education from Queens College.
Mr. Padmore has been a longtime member of the Arts in Education Roundtable, and was invited to join its Board of Directors in 2016. He is a member of the Diversity Taskforce and Communication Committee.
Dr. Bryan Powell an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at Montclair State University. Prior to joining MSU, Bryan served as the Director of Higher Education for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock. Bryan is a musician and music educator with public school music teaching experience in the New York City Department of Education. Dr. Powell has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and has taught courses at NYU, Ithaca College, Boston University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, Lebanon Valley College, and Bergen Community College. Bryan is the founding editor of Journal of Popular Music Education and is the Executive Director of the Association for Popular Music Education. Dr. Powell currently serves as the Chair of the NAfME Popular Music Education SRIG and is an International Affiliate for Musical Futures.
David Shookhoff, Roundtable Chair Emeritus and Education Director at Manhattan Theatre Club since 1989, is a founding member of the Roundtable, served as its Treasurer and Steering Committee member for its first six years, and was elected its Chair when the organization incorporated in 1998, stepping down in June, 2011. He has served as co-Chair of the Face to Face Conference since its inception. Throughout its 20-year history, David has worked to help the Roundtable grow to its present size and stature, a role he hopes to continue to play. David also serves on the Board of the Center for Arts Education, the NYCDOE Advisory Council on the Arts, and has chaired the AIE panel at NYSCA.