Our Staff

The ABC staff’s experience traverses the spectrum of fields in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Kat Bloomfield, MS

Founder and CEO

Kat (they/she) is a nonprofit executive and fundraising professional who has inspired over $22 million in charitable giving over 11 years. As an avid STEAM advocate, they feel a strong connection to the principles of social entrepreneurship, particularly centered around arts-integrated racial and economic justice.

Kat was first in their family to attend college, start a business, and get a Master’s Degree. In February 2021, at 31, they were honored by the New York City Council and the Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee for community service and a lifetime of philanthropy as part of Black History Month celebrations.

In 2014, Kat founded Arts Business Collaborative, a technical assistance and research nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life of people of color through the arts and STEM. Under their leadership, the organization’s budget  grew from $30,000 in 2018 to over $10 million in 2020, providing technical assistance and fiscal sponsorship through the lenses of racial equity and data-informed research for nearly 1,000 BIPOC- and Latinx-led community-based nonprofits, individual artists, and creative economy small businesses.

Kat serves on the Queens Community Board 2 as Treasurer and part of the Arts & Culture and Budget Committees. They also serve as President of the board of The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity and are a co-founder of BLX Alternative, an organization committed to reducing and eliminating the shame and stigma associated with alternative relationships for economically and racially marginalized communities.

They are a graduate of Wellesley College with a dual Bachelors in Media Arts and Sciences and Printmaking and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Online Community Organizing at Northeastern University. In their limited spare time, they like to play resource management video games, make art on their mini etching press, play with their cat Noodle, and grow vegetables to share with the community in their backyard garden.

Josh Beauchemin

Chief Financial Officer

Josh (He/him/his) has been working in the non-profit sector in different capacities for the past 15 years. This includes as a board member for different non-profits and currently as a CFO for a NYS charter school. Josh holds a strong belief that non-profits provide the greatest diversity to the business world as well as the most interesting projects. As such, his life mission is to help non-profit entrepreneurs reach success by sharing his years of HR, finance, and start-up knowledge in the non-profit world as a mentor and coach to small business entrepreneurs.

Krista McClure

Director of GAP Programs

Krista (she/her/hers) is able to take action on her passions by engaging entrepreneurs and artists through her work as the Director of GAP Programs here at Arts Business Collaborative (ABC). Krista has previously worked in fund development, economic development and education + policy over the last ten years with a strong emphasis to create opportunity- whether that be through policy advocacy or through funding-- for black and brown communities. She has a strong desire to remove societal divides, while working to dismantle systems that create disparities, so that all persons have real equitable opportunity. Through her commitment to create a more inclusive universe, Krista also serves as the Inspired Director and Founder of Detroit Parent Collective; a social-impact small business that was carefully designed to bridge families/ communities across Metro Detroit. 

Carolyn Hoffman

Executive Assistant to the CEO & CFO

Carolyn (she/her/hers) has been involved in non-profit organizations in the tri-state area for over 15 years. Most notably as the president and one of the founders of Operation Toy Train. OTT has collected over 300,000 toys for the USMC Toys for Tots Foundation since its inception in 2009, helping to provide holiday presents for children of struggling families in northern New Jersey and Orange County New York. She is thrilled to apply her experience volunteering, as well as many years of administrative experience, to benefit under-represented communities in the arts and sciences.

Music and the arts have always been at the core of who she is. Carolyn was a performer with the New York Renaissance Festival for several years, and enjoys singing and performing in her spare time. She believes music can be therapy for anyone willing to listen.

Our Board of directors

The ABC Board

Kat Bloomfield

Board Secretary

Kat (they/she) is a nonprofit executive and fundraising professional who has inspired over $22 million in charitable giving over 11 years. As an avid STEAM advocate, they feel a strong connection to the principles of social entrepreneurship, particularly centered around arts-integrated racial and economic justice.

Kat was first in their family to attend college, start a business, and get a Master’s Degree. In February 2021, at 31, they were honored by the New York City Council and the Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee for community service and a lifetime of philanthropy as part of Black History Month celebrations.

In 2014, Kat founded Arts Business Collaborative, a technical assistance and research nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life of people of color through the arts and STEM. Under their leadership, the organization’s budget  grew from $30,000 in 2018 to over $10 million in 2020, providing technical assistance and fiscal sponsorship through the lenses of racial equity and data-informed research for nearly 1,000 BIPOC- and Latinx-led community-based nonprofits, individual artists, and creative economy small businesses.

Kat serves on the Queens Community Board 2 as Treasurer and part of the Arts & Culture and Budget Committees. They also serve as President of the board of The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity and are a co-founder of BLX Alternative, an organization committed to reducing and eliminating the shame and stigma associated with alternative relationships for economically and racially marginalized communities.

They are a graduate of Wellesley College with a dual Bachelors in Media Arts and Sciences and Printmaking and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Online Community Organizing at Northeastern University. In their limited spare time, they like to play resource management video games, make art on their mini etching press, play with their cat Noodle, and grow vegetables to share with the community in their backyard garden.

Phoenix Jay

Board Member

Phoenix (she/her) is a first generation Jamaican immigrant and a Data Science and Analytics Engineering professional who is committed to solving complex technical challenges. She provides her years of experience and insights to create clear strategic planning and advocate for effective and efficient process implementation. She completed both her B.A. and M.S. in Applied Analytics at Columbia University. 

In her commitment to uplifting underserved communities, Phoenix has worked as the Chair of Professional Development for Columbia University’s Women in Technology (WIT) employee resource group to aid in expanding relationships and knowledge leading to the continued professional advancement of women in STEM.

She leads and facilitates a cohort of A* members in the DevColor organization, a global career accelerator for Black software engineers, technologists, and executives.

She also serves on the Associate Board of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative that provides free primary care to the low-income and uninsured populations of New Jersey.

Akil Davis

Board Treasurer

Akil Davis (he/him) is a Financial Advisor in Omaha, Nebraska. He has been married for 13 years and has 3 beautiful children. In his free time, you may catch him hanging out with his family and friends and enjoying Nebraska sports and Chicago Bear football games.

opportunities

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You’ll fit right in if you are:

  • Not boring. We’re proud to be different (read: weird), and you should be too!
  • Self-managed and self-motivated. We encourage education and coaching as part of our culture of disciplined excellence, and we don’t have time to micro-manage. But we have all the time for questions and supportive camaraderie.
  • Passionate about and active in the promotion of the arts, STEM, and economic and racial justice. Activists welcome!
  • Ready to rise to the occasion when needed. You do not have a job; you have responsibilities, and we value the difference.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and collaborative.
  • Not afraid to speak up and share your ideas. This does not mean you need to be an extrovert, just someone with a strong sense of self. This is crucial in a fast-paced startup environment!

LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, and Latine people of color are strongly encouraged to apply!

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