Anita Durst
Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Anita Durst has been a star, a muse, and a patron of the avant-garde performing arts and emerging arts scene in New York City, since she was 18. She founded chashama in 1995 following the... More

Bill Abramson

William (Bill) Abramson is a real estate executive and community leader with more than 20 years of experience working at the forefront of economic development and public space renewal in New York City. Bronx born,... More

Marc Dale
Co-Founder / Administrative Director

Marc has worked with and for Chashama since its inception in 1995 as a performance art company, segueing from performance to field assistant, manager and administrator. He took a sabbatical in 2010, returning in 2014,... More

Michael Hirschhorn

Michael J. Hirschhorn is founder & CEO of mebl | Transforming Furniture, a social enterprise passionate about expanding the marketplace for beautiful furniture handcrafted from reclaimed wood and metal. mebl’s big vision is to mainstream... More

Aaron Fernandez

Aaron Fernandez is a board member of Progressive Grocers Insurance which underwrites property & casualty, umbrella, and general liability insurance for retail operators nationally. Aaron is the managing partner at Galeta Partners which manages and... More

Leah Lane

Leah Lane, a multi-media artist, is currently studying Drama at NYU Tisch School of Arts. Leah has been honored to perform as part of the Children’s Chorus at The Metropolitan Opera, the Dicapo Opera Theatre... More

Amber Lasciak

Amber was raised on 60 acres in Northern California, between the Pacific Ocean and the redwoods. Raised with no electricity or TV in a small town of 250 people, who are still her family to... More

Lydia Mak

Since discovering Chashama in 2010, Lydia has held a range of roles at the organization, from Executive Assistant to Development & Finance Associate to General Manager – providing her with a deep understanding of Chashama’s... More

Bridget Murphy

Bridget Murphy has over twenty years of experience working in the art world. Bridget is a practicing Art Advisor based in New York City with a focus on supporting emerging, established and under-recognized artists, she... More

Richard P. Rubinstein
Board of Directors Emeritus

Richard P. Rubinstein is currently chief cook and bottle washer at New Amsterdam Entertainment. He has been profitably blending art and commerce as a NYC based producer of Feature Films, Miniseries and Syndicated TV Series... More

Cindy Scholz

Cindy Scholz is a true real estate specialist. As the founder of the Scholz Team at Compass, she is skilled at synthesizing clients’ financial interests with the inherent emotions to foster a... More

Cynthia Wang

Cynthia Wang has extensive experience in real estate and finance, serving as Executive Vice President at Apple Bank for over 27 years. Prior to joining Apple Bank in 1994, Cynthia held positions as President of... More

Roger Wu

Roger Wu is the co-founder of travel influencer marketplace, Cooperatize, which he recently sold to Famecast. Prior to this he had co-founded Giftfinder and Klickable.tv which he sold to HipHopShopping TV. Before that, he was... More

Laura O'Reilly

As a serial entrepreneur and innovation advisor, Laura is passionate about transforming built environments into regenerative ecosystems. She is an alumna of The New Museum’s creative tech incubator NEW INC, a founding member of the... More

Jennifer Busch

Jennifer Busch is CEO and lead designer of I.Buss & Allan Uniform Company, a leading supplier of uniforms to the real-estate and hospitality industries. She has substantially grown and repositioned her company to become a... More

Michelle Rose Joseph

Michelle has spent over a decade operating and investing in consumer tech startups, but she’s also a creative at heart and especially passionate about finding ways to enable emerging artists... More

Amanda Marcus

Driven by her passion for pursuing strategic opportunities with leading organizations, brands, executives and thought leaders, Amanda has spent her career bringing unparalleled enthusiasm to all of the projects and partnerships she has developed, managed and executed. Amanda... More

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