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Suzy Delvalle, President & Executive Director
Erika Kram, Executive Assistant

Marianna Schaffer, Director of Artist Initiatives
Brittni Collins, Artist Services Manager
Krista Fabian DeCastro, Senior Workshop Manager
Isaac Pool, Artist Services Assistant

Michael Gibbons, Director of Marketing and Communications
Devon Scalisi, Web Manager
Alex Teplitzky, Communications Manager

Kerri Schlottman-Bright, Director of Development
Susan Tranbaugh, Director of Partnerships
Mona Shah, Development Manager
Morgan Sasser, Development Manager

Leslie Singer, Chief Financial Officer
Janelle Poe, Finance Associate & HR Coordinator
Minnie Leggett, Office Coordinator

Patrick Keefe, Director of Technology

Pradeep Dalal, Program Director
Julie Evanoff, Manager, Information & Tech
Shiv Kotecha, Program Associate

Staff Biographies

Brittni Collins

Brittni Collins, Artist Services Manager
After a short stint in marketing, Brittni began her career in the arts at whitespace gallery in Atlanta, where she researched and connected artists to professional development opportunities, and continued with Living Walls, where she was instrumental in the promotion and expansion of street art and tactical urbanism throughout the metro Atlanta area. Prior to joining Creative Capital, she supported the Principals of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects and closely studied the practice and design of modernist architectural forms. Brittni received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University and completed post-baccalaureate studies at Columbia University in art history and the intersectionalities of human rights and visual culture.

Pradeep Dalal

Pradeep Dalal, Program Director, Arts Writers Grant Program
Pradeep Dalal is an artist and educator. His work was recently included in the exhibitions I need my memories. They are my documents. at SepiaEYE, Strange Invitation at Franklin Street Works, Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora in San Francisco, as well as Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic at Murray Guy and Fifty Artists Photograph the Future at Higher Pictures. Pradeep has also exhibited at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, the Herter Art Gallery in Amherst, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, TART in San Francisco, and Orchard and PS122 Gallery in New York. His photographic work is included in Blind Spot 43 and Cabinet 52. His project "Notes on Bhopal, MP" was included in the book Chandigarh is in India (Shoestring Publishers, 2016), and an essay "A Bifocal Frame of Reference" was included in the book Western Artists and India (Thames and Hudson, 2013). He is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and holds an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a MArch from MIT. He is co-chair of Photography at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Krista Fabian DeCastro

Krista Fabian DeCastro, Senior Workshop Manager
Krista Fabian DeCastro is a cultural manager specializing in festival programming, events production, artist development, cultural development and international cultural exchange. She served as program director of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, manager of the international programming department at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and manager of Africa Exchange, a program of 651 ARTS that supported collaborative exchanges between performing artists in the United States and Africa. She holds a BA from The New School and a MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She currently lives in Chicago.

Suzy Delvalle

Suzy Delvalle, President & Executive Director
Susan (Suzy) Delvalle is the President & Executive Director of Creative Capital, an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists. She joined the organization in June 2016.

Delvalle is the former Executive Director of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling. As leader of the Museum's development process, Delvalle oversaw all aspects, including physical, administrative, and programmatic; established partnerships with a wide range of NYC organizations for initial Museum programming; raised both capital and operating support; and built a robust Board of Trustees and Advisory Board.

Previously, Delvalle served as Director of External Affairs at El Museo del Barrio in New York, where she secured the museum's first major city, state and federal funding including over $35 million in capital support and a three-year, $2 million capacity-building grant. Before joining El Museo, Suzy worked for American Composers Orchestra following a career in consumer banking and advertising. She also served as Adjunct Faculty at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and as a Guest Lecturer in the Arts Management program at The New School.

Delvalle holds an undergraduate degree from Bentley University and a master's degree from New School University's Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy. She was born and raised in Curaçao and speaks Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento.

Julie Evanoff

Julie Evanoff, Information & Technical Services Manager, Arts Writers Grant Program
Julie Evanoff is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in drawing, painting, printmaking and video animation. Her recent exhibitions include in between at The Gallery at The Art Institute of Tucson, If you see nothing say something at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn and Stories real and vividly imagined at Gallery Niklas Belenius in Stockholm, Sweden, and Hallways in Brooklyn. Her animations have screened in video festivals including the 2k5 Video Festival and City Without Walls Juried Video Festival. She received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Julie’s awards include the Geraldine Dodge Grant from The Women’s Studio Workshop and the Vermont Studio Center and the Paul Robeson Emerging Artist Award from Rutgers University.

Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons, Director of Marketing and Communications
Michael is a multilingual professional with extensive nonprofit experience in marketing and communications for film and the arts. He previously worked for over six years at Film Society of Lincoln Center, where as Director of Digital Platforms he oversaw the online growth of the organization, the New York Film Festival, and the award-winning magazine, Film Comment. Before coming to New York in 2011, he worked for many years as a producer at several of Brazil's leading cultural institutions, including the São Paulo Biennial, Cinemateca Brasileira, and It's All True International Documentary Film Festival. Michael was also on the selection committee for the São Paulo International Short Film Festival and a juror for the Cinema Tropical Awards. He received his undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Relations from Carnegie Mellon University.​

Patrick Keefe

Patrick Keefe, Director of Technology
In addition to the technical role that he fills at Creative Capital, Patrick Keefe is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in engineering and physical science. He holds a BFA in Crafts/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a veteran of the U.S. Nuclear Navy. He has guest lectured at Stony Brook University on the history of anatomy and has taught and worked in glass, sculpture and ceramic arts. He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he regularly attends figurative drawing sessions.

Shiv Kotecha

Shiv Kotecha, Program Associate
Shiv Kotecha is a poet, critic and artist who lives in New York. He is the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015), OUTFITS (Troll Thread, 2013) and Paint The Rock (Troll Thread, 2011). Two books are forthcoming: The Switch (Wonder, 2018) and Euphoria (Golias, 2018). Critical writing appears in Art in America, convolution, frieze, Social Text, and elsewhere. A video and installation, Looking for Richard, was displayed at Ginerva Gambino (Cologne, DE) in 2015. He is currently a PhD candidate in NYU English finishing a dissertation titled Decomposition as Explanation: The Forms of Duration from Poe to Post-Conceptualism.

Erika Kram

Erika Kram, Executive Assistant
Originally from Mexico City, Erika, moved to New York to attend NYU for a BFA in Experimental Film and Psychology. She has worked for Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Cooper Union, SVA, and most recently at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She's a cinephile at heart, a passionate traveller, and a ceramic artist. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their adorable poodle mix.

Minnie Leggett

Minnie Leggett, Office Coordinator
Hailing from Delaware, with a BA in Art Management, Minnie moved to New York City to pursue a career in the fashion and arts. With a particular interest in fashion photography, she spent the past three years working with and managing the careers of photographers, stylists, Illustrators and yes, Models. She has worked with International Studio & Curatorial Program, The Collective Shift and Jed Root, Inc. Prior to joining Creative Capital, Minnie was the Executive Assistant to Vice President of Administration and General Counsel at The Juilliard School. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and drawing.

Janelle Poe

Janelle Poe, Finance Associate & HR Coordinator
Accounting some days, DJ some nights, Janelle Poe is a multifaceted artist adept at processing information and connecting the dots. Currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at City College in Harlem, she is finally convinced her variety of professional experiences in the non-profit, fashion retail, food & beverage, and medical industries all make perfect sense. A founder of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. while completing her BA in International Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, she is an advocate for equality and the self/societal awareness required to create change. Her perfect day would involve yoga, reading, singing while baking, digging for records, writing, and dancing until she discovers something new.

Isaac Pool

Isaac Pool, Artist Services Assistant
Isaac Pool is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Recent performances and exhibitions include Knockdown Center, Judson Memorial Church, Cave Gallery, Detroit, LaMaMa, and Mindscape Universe, Berlin; publications include “Light Stain,” published by What Pipeline, and “Alien She,” published by Klaus eBooks. Isaac has worked on programming with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Artadia, and is currently an educator with the Dia Art Foundation.

Morgan Sasser

Morgan Sasser, Development Manager
Morgan joined the Creative Capital team after spending the last five years serving as the Associate Director of Development with the Arts Council of New Orleans. During her tenure with the Arts Council, Morgan produced several major events including the largest outdoor arts market in New Orleans as well as LUNA Fête, a local festival with over 75,000 attendees that celebrates the intersection of contemporary art, light, and technology in public space. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College, graduating in 2008 with a concentration in photography. Morgan also worked closely with the New Orleans Photo Alliance for several years, most recently serving as Vice President of the board. To date, Morgan has moved 27 times, which includes brief stints in San Francisco, Peru, and Spain. Morgan can be found most weekends at B.A.M enjoying matinee double features or in search of brass band dance parties.

Devon Scalisi

Devon Scalisi, Web Manager
Devon discovered his artistic interests early in life through creative writing and the visual arts. He later expanded his creative pursuits through acting, directing, and producing the theatre arts. He holds a BFA degree in Theatre Performance from Salem State University, and later co-founded the award-nominated troupe, Counter-Productions Theatre Company. Devon is a national directing award-winner from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and an invited guest directing staff member with the Eugene O’Neill Foundation new works development series. He has received several acting and directing awards from the greater New England region over his theatre career. Devon's professional passion is empowering and supporting artists through digital marketing and communications work for amazing organizations like the Boch Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, and here in New York with Creative Capital.

Marianna Schaffer

Marianna Schaffer, Director of Artist Initiatives
As Director of Artist Initiatives, Marianna Schaffer serves a key role in cultivating and creating relationships, strategies, outreach, and programs to serve the needs of artists. She has spent over a decade as a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors in support of American artists and arts institutions dedicated to positive social change. After working as a member of David Rockefeller's philanthropic team for 11 years, Marianna served as a Program Officer at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. There, she helped to empower individual artists and small arts organizations working across the country at the intersection of arts and social justice, primarily through pioneering initiatives such as the Artist as Activist Fellowship and SEED program. She is a Master of International Education from New York University, a B.A. in Social & Global Studies from Antioch College and is an active member of her Harlem community.

Kerri Schlottman-Bright

Kerri Schlottman-Bright, Director of Development
Kerri is a native Detroiter who has served local, national, and international arts communities since 2000 in a variety of organizations, including ART21, Guggenheim Museum, Apexart, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and Detroit Artists Market. Kerri holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Minor in Journalism from Oakland University and a Master’s degree in Visual Culture from Wayne State University. She has participated in numerous performance projects, has been interviewed extensively about her arts and fundraising experiences, and has been an invited speaker at several major conferences focusing on culture, technology, and education, including SXSWEdu, Games for Change, and the National Arts Education Association. Kerri is also a lover of documentary films, a hobby novelist, and the founder of NYC Bark Club, a volunteer-led organization that renovates dog parks. 

Mona Shah

Mona Shah, Development Manager 
Mona Shah is a seasoned development professional with over ten years of experience in the non-profit arts space. Prior to joining Creative Capital, Mona was the Manager of Development Operations at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  She received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Business Administration from Baruch College.  She is a lover of all things food-related, and enjoys exploring Jersey City where she resides with her husband and daughter.

Leslie Singer

Leslie Singer, Chief Financial Officer
Leslie Singer is a Gemini. She spent the 1980s in San Francisco doing small business accounting and experimental film and video. Her films and video works have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the U.S. Since her move to New York in 1994, Singer has worked extensively in nonprofit administration and finance. She has also continued her love of video art as editor of Laura Cottingham’s Not For Sale (1998), among others. She loves Iggy Pop, Marcel Proust, organic food, denim and cats.

Alex Teplitzky

Alex Teplitzky, Communications Manager
Alex Teplitzky studies and implements tools for arts organizations and artists to express themselves on the web and through social media.  He has worked for a wide variety of galleries and museums including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Claire Oliver Gallery, the Jen Bekman Gallery, the Richard Feigen Gallery and Ray Johnson Estate. In 2010, Alex moved to New York to study at NYU where he wrote his thesis on artists' visual deconstruction of the media's representation of terrorism and violence.  He has written arts articles for Art F City, Hyperallergic, Eros Mortis and manages an art blog called Tout Petit la Planète. He also DJs at various venues in New York City under the alias Nabocough.

Susan Tranbaugh

Susan TranbaughDirector of Partnerships
Prior to joining Creative Capital in 2013, Susan served as the Manager of Institutional Partnerships at Art in General in New York and as the Development Manager at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to a passion for supporting individual artists, Susan has a special interest in art education and has developed and implemented educational programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds a BA from Colgate University and an MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Susan is based in San Francisco.