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

Kat Bloomfield, MS

Founder and CEO

Kat (she/her) is a nonprofit executive and fundraising professional who has inspired nearly $12 million in charitable giving over 10 years. As an avid arts and STEM advocate, she feels a strong connection to the principles of social entrepreneurship, particularly centered around arts-integrated racial and economic justice. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a dual Bachelors in Media Arts and Sciences and Printmaking and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University. Kat has worked with Tribeca Film Institute, New York Hall of Science, the JCC in Manhattan, New York Council on Nonprofits, Red Hook Initiative, the Ron Brown Scholar (RBS) Fund, and Contemporary & TRANSART. She also serves on the Company Stefanie Batten Bland and RBS Program Advisory Boards, and has served as a Director and Secretary of the Board at the Bloomingdale School of Music from 2016-2019.

Gail Drakes, M.Phil, M.A.

Associate Director, Fiscal Sponsorship Programs

Gail Drakes (she/her) enjoys remaking and reimagining systems in service of justice and freedom — and building community among those who feel the same.

She is a proud graduate — and former trustee — of Oberlin College (Black Studies/Women’s Studies) and holds a M.A. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (History) and a M.Phil from New York University (American Studies). Her scholarly research has focused on the histories of people of color in the U.S. and on the cultural implications of intellectual property law.

Her career has unfolded at the crossroads of social justice philanthropy, nonprofit/higher education administration, and university-level teaching and research. In addition to serving as the Program Officer for the OUT Fund for Queer Liberation (funding queer, POC-led multi-issue grassroots organizing nationwide), she has brought her deep commitment to social justice to positions at NYU, The New School, Columbia, and the Ford Foundation.

She is currently living — and freedom dreaming — in Brooklyn, New York.

Carolyn Renée Pautz, PhD

Director of Research and Strategy

Carolyn (she/her/hers) is a nationally respected scholar and ethnographer. Carolyn holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Dance Studies from Temple University and a Master of Arts from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is a frequent guest lecturer and dance teaching artist at Webster University. She is a member of the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies working group and the recipient of the Edrie Ferdun Scholarly Achievement Award. Carolyn’s past research includes issues of capital flow into and out of subaltern communities; African-derived religions and arts technologies in American civil discourse and public health policy, Caribbeanist modern and postmodern discourse, and much more. Organizations that have benefited from her research include: The Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, KYL-D, and Little Haiti BK. Her Scholarship has been published in the International Journal for Cultural Property, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and the Society for Dance History Scholars.

Véronëque Ignace, MPH

Associate Director of Research and Strategy

Véronëque (she/her/hers) is a cultural activist, public health researcher, community-based organizer, and performing artist. She uses ethnographic tools, performance work, research, and public health understandings of program planning and evaluation to facilitate growth, racial equity policies, and an orientation toward socio-political community development. Véronëque is dedicated to achieving her long term goal to seamlessly combine her passion for Haiti, people, and dance in such a way that allows for large-scale healing.With her movement, Véronëque hopes to complicate methods to social change and health equity, connecting spiritual balance and self-understanding to modes of recovery and restoration. She says, “My movement codifies a history and language which I have inherited. In Haiti, dance and music become the guardians of tradition.”In 2016, Véronëque founded Kriyol Dance! Collective, a collective of artist-leaders, to incite the unapologetic voices of Black arts through collaborative community organizing work and performance-based intervention.