Staff

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.

Rhiannon Murphy

Director of Development

Rhiannon (she/her/hers) is a Cherokee/ Afro-Cuban native New Yorker who is a multi-talented, results-driven leader offering a consistent record of professional excellence in delivering innovative programming for 15 years, driving revenue growth, and building strong strategic partnerships. Over the past six years, she developed and managed multi-million-dollar relationships with major public-sector allies and an Ivy League University. Through effective volunteer non-profit leadership, she delivered measurable positive impacts in multiple respected organizations. She has built strong relationships and delivered exceptional value to globally respected leaders and executives.Rhiannon considers herself an artist through the medium of dance. She studied classical dance throughout her childhood at 92nd ST Y, Alvin Ailey on scholarship, the Martha Graham School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She attended SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory on a partial scholarship, completing the Hunter College Dance Program with a BA in Dance. She has taught Ballet & Afro-Diaspora forms of dance at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, and Ballet Hispanico.

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.

Samy Figaredo

Director of GAP Programs

Samy (he/him, they/them) is a proud multi-hyphenate: Lebanese-American, Puerto Rican, transgender activist, grantwriter, performer, public speaker, and more. Samy began their non-profit career at Strathmore, a music and culture venue in the Washington, DC area. They have also worked in Foundation & Government Development at WETA, one of the largest Public Broadcasting Stations in the country. As an activist, Samy has served on the leadership teams of the DC Area Transmasculine Society, the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, and the Charm City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.Upon moving to NYC, Samy participated in the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy fellowship. They then went on to complete a residency at TED, which culminated in a TED Talk on the importance of transgender history. Samy has also participated in both local and national ad campaigns to promote awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.

Nicole Martinez

Communications and PR Associate

Nicole (she/her/hers) is a Latinx writer and comedy gal. After graduating from Brown University with Honors, Nicole’s creative work has focused on uplifting the voices of BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ folks. Her work has been produced on the stage, small screen, and even smaller screens. Her short film Quite the Star premiered at the BMP 2017 Spring Festival and was a finalist in the 2018 Wales International Film Festival. Her play, And What Grew There, staged a reading at the Lucid Body House, NY. She is the co-creator, writer, and actor in Dead-Enders, a comedy web series about the zombie apocalypse. Nicole’s Communication & Marketing experience has been honed through her work at The Belladonna Comedy, Business Insider, and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. She hopes to continue her work in helping cultivate artistic spaces and structures that are accessible, inclusive, and welcoming.

Ashley Wang

People, Wellness, and Belonging Associate

Ashley (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Chinese-American native New Yorker. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Public Health. Throughout undergrad, Ashley dedicated her time to community-building, sexual wellness/pleasure activism, and culturally accessible healthcare. She has conducted research through the renowned Wellesley Centers for Women on the intercultural and intergenerational relationships between Chinese/Taiwanese/Hong Kong immigrants and their children.From her time as a Volunteer Director for the Y2Y Harvard Square Homeless Youth Shelter to an abortion doula for The Doula Project, Ashley has a breadth of experience in the direct service non-profit realm. Having encountered the power and faults of the non-profit sector has equipped her with the proper tools to help build a brighter, more radical future. Ashley’s personal motto is: let us embrace the unimagined not in spite of but because it has yet to exist.

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.

Kelley Matthews

Administrative Assistant

Kelley (she/her/hers) is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Kelley has a passion for youth development and extending services to young, vulnerable communities that are often overlooked. She dreams of one day opening a youth center to assist young people through all transitions in life. Kelley’s personal motto is: I do not know where life will take me, but when I look back I want to be proud and know I helped make a difference!