Staff

Thomas West
Executive Director

With several years of experience as both a justice-centered performing arts producer and professional opera singer, Thomas previously held positions as a special projects producer at The Juilliard School and as the founder and Executive Director of the NY-based Collaborative Arts Ensemble. In 2014, he was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts by President Barack Obama.

Meet the Team

Stephanie Mareen
Special Projects Producer

Stephanie is a classically trained actress with many years of experience in both performance and production. Past work experience includes working as both a production assistant and artistic administrator at Elan Artists and as an assistant to the Unit Manager at Red Seven Entertainment GmbH in Cologne, Germany.  Stephanie graduated from The Juilliard School in 2017 (Group 46) and maintains an active freelance career as a German Vocal Coach for shows on Broadway and for television shows on Netflix and the BBC.

Sarah Tackett
Executive Assistant
and Operations Manager

An experienced arts administrator and theatre professional, Sarah has a long-term commitment to and passion for mission-driven work, working with art organizations in Kentucky, Washington, New York, and North Carolina. She holds a BA in English and Performance from Transylvania University and an MFA from Seattle University.

Sanah Jivani
Social Media Manager

Sanah Jivani is an experienced social media manager and the founder and CEO of the Love Your Natural Self Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving self-esteem with a focus on empowering individuals through events, movements and hands-on sessions. Sanah is a recent graduate of the Honors College at The University of Texas at San Antonio where she pursued a double major in sociology and communication. Past honors and work include being one of 30 We Are Family Foundation’s Global Teen Leaders, being a member of the American Association of University Women Student Advisory Council, serving as a trustee on the America’s Promise Alliance Board of Trustees, and serving on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and the DoSomething and College Board Youth Advisory councils.

Philip Stoddard
100 Offerings of Peace Project Manager

Philip holds multiple years’ experience as a professional performing artist, event producer, teaching artist and nonprofit leader. He has led numerous successful artistic endeavors including world-premiere Off-Broadway productions, developing the inaugural season of OperaComp, and employing 50+ citizen-artists over two years as the Artistic Director of the NYC-based Collaborative Arts Ensemble. He is the only artist to graduate from two different divisions in the history of The Juilliard School.

Jaylen Taylor
Engagement Coordinator

Jaylen is a rising junior at NYU in the College of Arts and Science, double majoring in Dramatic Literature and Romance Languages. Along with her work surrounding theatre and language, Jaylen has held multiple positions within the realm of social media and outward correspondence. Most recently, Jaylen has worked as a social media manager for a New York based artist and activist. And in 2018, she interned at Turner Broadcasting in the corporate responsibility division researching charitable ways for Turner to share its funds and managing programming for the 21st Century Leaders summer institute.