Our incredible advisors come from a diversity of industries, and are all committed to the opportunity that diversity, equity and inclusion makes possible for the innovation and growth of their respective organizations, businesses and the future landscapes of these industries.
Attica Alexis Jacques is currently the VP of Global Brand Marketing for Under Armour. She received the honor of being named on Advertising Age’s annual “Women to Watch” list as one of 20 who are breaking new ground in advertising and media. Ms. Jaques has held various marketing positions over the last 15 years, including the head of marketing position based in Tokyo, Japan. She has led and developed Gap’s first international award-winning campaigns such as Left Weave Denim, Hello, (RED) in Japan, Be Bright and numerous GapKids/BabyGap campaigns. Prior to Gap, Attica worked in Marketing at Barney's New York and Prada based in New York and Milan. Ms. Jaques served on the Board of Directors for RUSH Arts Foundation for over 5 years. She also serves as an executive sponsor for Gap’s volunteer program, mentoring high-school students. Ms. Jaques holds a Masters of Strategic Communication from Columbia University and Bachelors in Sociology from UCLA. She also completed executive programs from the Judge School of Business at Cambridge and Design Thinking at Stanford University.
Rasu Jilani is the Director of Recruitment and Community Engagement at The New Museum's incubator, NEW INC. Rasu is also an independent curator, social sculptor, and entrepreneur whose work investigates the intersection between art, culture and civic engagement as a means of raising critical consciousness. The objective of his work is to activate interaction between artists, the local community and the wider public in order to promote awareness around social issues through exhibitions, humanities, community programs, and cultural events. Jilani is a co-founder of the art and socially responsible clothing and lifestyle brand, Coup d’etat Brooklyn, a Brooklyn-based collaboration of artists producing art-related events throughout New York City. Jilani serves as an Arts, Culture and Sustainability Consultant at the Pratt Center for Community Development, managing art and cultural programs designed to connect New York City neighborhoods with Pratt Center’s community and environmental sustainability projects.
Jo-Ná Williams Esq. founded J. A. Williams Law P.C. - The Artist Empowerment Firm in 2011 to provide artists and entrepreneurs with ways to successfully navigate their careers and provide assistance with business, entertainment, entertainment and intellectual property matters. She founded Artists Empowerment Group in 2013 to advise artists on business, branding and marketing. Some of her clients have written best-selling books, reached the Billboard Top 100, and been nominated for Grammys. She's been featured in Marie TV, The Vocalist Magazine, Women in Music, ReverbNation, CDBaby and The New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal.
Mary Ellen Kramer is currently President and Member of the Board of Directors of Maritime Broadband Inc., a US based engineering company providing turn-key communications solutions delivering online Internet connection to commercial ships. Since 1994, Ms. Kramer has served as the president of various public and private telecommunications companies which have provided international telephone services to businesses and residential users around the world. Presently, Ms. Kramer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Omni Ensemble and a member of the Social Justice Committee of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Brooklyn. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Womens’ Centers International and Darfur Peace and Development. Ms. Kramer founded a project entitled “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman,” which enrolled women presidents to serve as mentors to high school students who attend the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women in New York City. Ms. Kramer is a 1979 graduate of New York University, with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Computer Science. She is married with eight children and two grandchildren.
Ryann Makenzi Holmes is a culture-maker, arts producer and social entrepreneur who lives in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, Ryann co-founder bklyn boihood, a collective that champions safe spaces, accountable action, love, and community building for queer and trans people of color. Ryann is also the producer of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts' Soul of Brooklyn Festival, a week long cultural mash-up that brings out thousands of people each year. Ryann sprinkles fairy dust on everything.
James Bartlett is the former Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout Mr. Bartlett’s diverse career in media and the arts, he has developed new models for creative development that take into account the changing landscape of modern business, media, and technology. In 2006, Mr. Bartlett co-founded MVMT, a business cooperative supporting progressive companies that serve artists and arts organizations through marketing, design, media production, and consulting. Additionally, Mr. Bartlett co-founded, Media MVMT, a film production house whose first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Mr. Bartlett is leading MoCADA’s $12 million capital campaign for the construction of a new building, to be located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, which is scheduled to open in 2018.
Sean Cesar is a senior Associate/Executive-in-Residence at Bridges Venture, a social-impact private equity. Prior to Bridges, Mr. Caesar was an Associate at Relativity Capital, a lower-middle market private firm. Before joining Relativity, he worked as a Junior Research Analyst at Matrix USA LLC an investment banking firm. Mr. Caesar graduated from The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Opeyemi Olukemi is currently an Executive Producer at POV. Formerly the Senior Director of Interactive for Tribeca Film Institute, she oversaw the TFI New Media Fund and lead the Institute’s digital and interactive programs. She expanded the Interactive department to include TFI Interactive, a day-long immersion into the world of digital storytelling, TFI Interactive Playground, an arena showcasing immersive technologies and projects. Previously a Senior Project Manager at ScrollMotion, she worked with and oversaw teams of designers, programmers, and third-party vendors in the production of new media applications for clients such as Disney, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Genentech.
Mojo Talantikite is a software engineer currently building systems at Apple. He previously was an early member of Engine Yard, one of the first cloud PaaS companies. While at Engine Yard, he helped develop cloud deployment technologies and worked on or led teams focused on scaling Engine Yard's largest customers, including Groupon, Github, and New Relic. He holds a degree in both Mathematics and Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.