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 Mareen 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 & Operations Manager

Sarah Tackett is an experienced arts administrator and theatre professional with a 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 in Arts Administration from Seattle University.

Alex Curran-Cardarelli

Summit Project Manager

Alex Curran-Cardarelli is a writer, film producer, and manager for events in arts and culture. She graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in English with a focus on creative writing and art history. From 2018-2021, Alex lived in Lao PDR and worked for the Luang Prabang Film Festival as a festival coordinator and then as its Managing Director. She later worked at the Tribeca Festival as an industry coordinator. Alex is also the producer of the anthology film MEKONG 2030 (2020) and has written for publications such as CityScene Media Group and U.S. Figure Skating.

Yasmeen Qureshi

Summit Finale Producer

Yasmeen Qureshi is a reporter, director and live events producer who specialize in long form news and documentary. For the past 15 years she has produced for Tina Brown, Dan Rather, Zainab Salbi and David Brancaccio among others. Most recently, she was a Senior Producer for the Women in the World Summit held at Lincoln Center in New York City and was the lead launch producer of the show Through Her Eyes on Yahoo!News. Her reporting has taken her all over the world from refugee camps in Bangladesh to the urban streets of Tunisia to many rural and urban corners of the United States. Yasmeen is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and in 2008 was part of the four-person emmy-award winning team for a PBS story about regressive taxation in Alabama.

Claire Donnellan

Youth Ambassador Intern

Claire Donnellan is a rising sophomore at Yale, majoring in Humanities and Political Science. She spends most of her time on campus working on theatre productions with the Yale Dramatic Association, but is also a Girl Scout troop leader and advocate for mental health reform on campus. In her free time, Claire loves to cook, listen to fiction podcasts, and sew. She believes in the power of creative storytelling to unite and inspire change.

Harper Joseph

Social Media Intern

Harper Joseph was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. She received a degree in theatre from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Classical Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. During her free time, she enjoys yoga, pilates, singing, volunteering, spending time with friends and family, cooking vegan food, and writing. Check out her food website Vegan(ish).