BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOUNDER BOARD PRESIDENT
Scott Rosenberg is an artist living in New York City. In 1991 he founded Art Start to help homeless and at-risk children transform their lives through the creative process. In 1997 Scott was presented with the President’s Service Award, the nation’s highest honor for community service. In 2000 his work with the kids of Art Start was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah described him as “giving children a voice and helping kids discover their dreams.” Scott was also the subject of a short documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple as well as a Bravo documentary hosted by Quincy Jones, called Fire, Risk and Rhythm. In 1997 Scott produced The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, nationally released feature film about the kids of Art Start.
Natalie Brasington is a commercial entertainment and editorial portrait photographer, whose life changed after the first time she stepped into a commercial photography set. Many years later, she is no less excited each time she walks on set, shooting for clients such as Comedy Central, The food Network, Grey Advertising, Edelman PR and New Wave Entertainment and among many more. You can find her work published in magazines like Rolling Stone, Entrepreneur and LA Weekly, or on Netflix as cover art for Comedy albums, billboards, and the web. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband and fellow photographer, David Johnson, and their daughter.
Natalie has been volunteering with Art Start since 2007. She was instrumental in founding and producing Art Start's Portrait Projects, and continues as lead photographer.
David Solomons is the ultimate insurance professional, taking the concept of customer service to new heights. The major part of his 20-year career to date was spent with Wells Fargo Insurance Services and its predecessor companies, where his most recent role was Senior Vice President. In late 2009, he founded MAX Total Benefit Solutions, Inc., a boutique employee benefits brokerage firm, working with client companies from 10 to 8,000 employees, viewed by most as a virtual member of their human resources team. David is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and is the father of two daughters.
Catherine Sun is a freelance copywriter who began her relationship with Art Start as a volunteer teaching artist in 2012. Since then, Art Start has been the perfect outlet for her desire to do good and make art. When she's not behind a desk at an ad agency or having a blast with Art Start youth, Catherine is making spirit animal pillows, designing patterns, experimenting with healthy baking, and exploring the city for endless inspiration. Catherine considers the arts as a vital form of expression that must be honed in today's youth, and believes that small steps make the biggest differences. If in 10 years, one youth can look back to Art Start days and remember Catherine as a positive influence, she'll consider that a job well done.
Elizabeth Gardner is the director of corporate partnerships at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, America’s preeminent not-for-profit film organization, and founder/president of Garnish Media, a curated collective of diverse, supremely talented filmmakers, producers, creatives and communication strategists who create and share stories across all media. For 12 years prior, Elizabeth served as the Co-Owner/Co-Executive Director of the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF). Presented by HBO®, the NYILFF was the leading U.S. Latino film festival. During that time, Elizabeth also produced the award-winning independent feature film, Elliot Loves, a dramedy about a gay Dominican-American looking for love. Produced for under $100,000, the film played 70 festivals worldwide, ran on HBO®, HBO Go® and HBO Latino® for 18 months, on Hulu for 1 year, and is now available on DVD; the trailer has generated over 2 million views on YouTube. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth served as Vice President of Marketing and Creative Strategy for the independent film studio, Shooting Gallery (Sling Blade, You Can Count On Me).
Audra Coulombe grew up in Southbury, CT. As a young girl she dreamed of being a marine biologist, then a weather girl, then a world traveler, so she eventually pursued a degree in TV, Radio, and Film so that she could capture and produce content about the world, live vicariously through the people she meets, and satisfy her many curiosities. She received her BS in TV, Radio, and Film with a minor in Geography and a specialty in Modern Foreign Languages from Syracuse University, and has lived in NYC since 2010. She is currently Marketing Manager for The Molecule, a Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, and Virtual Reality studio in Lower Manhattan.
Amy Ascherman began working with Art Start in 2015 as a volunteer with our South Street Seaport Culture Project. In January of 2016, she began volunteering weekly in our Homeless Youth Outreach Workshop in Harlem and later the same year also joined Art Start’s Young Professionals Board where she currently serves. During her undergraduate studies at New York University, where she received her Bachelor’s in both Journalism and Culture Communication, with a minor in Fine Art, Amy spent many courses focused on global citizenship, with an emphasis on you. During a summer in Ghana, she reported on the many young seamstresses unable to afford proper training or to take even the time to receive that training because of familial responsibilities (final article here). While marketing in the field of education, she promoted student-centered partnerships with underfunded and underperforming schools to improve instruction and ensure teacher, leader, and student success.