Spark Prize Committee

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2017-18 Committee Members

Zaheer Ali
Oral Historian
Brooklyn Historical Society

Wanyong Austin
General Counsel
Lutheran Social Services of New York

Alexa Aviles  
Program Director
Scherman Foundation

Tamara Belinfanti
Faculty
New York Law School

David Belt
Founder
Macro Sea
Co-founder & CEO
New Lab

Ingrid Benedict
Director
Daphne Foundation

Rufus Collins
Actor

Jolie Curtsinger Schwartz
Artistic Director/Founder
InProximity Theatre Co.

Gaia DiLoreto
Consultant
Brooklyn Brine Co.

Sarah Durham
CEO
Big Duck

Nicola Muir Fabens
Communications Professional

Lizanne Fontaine
Counsel & Compliance Officer
Morris Heights Health Center

Isabelle FitzGerald
Writer

Steve Hindy
Co-founder & Chairman
Brooklyn Brewery

Michael J. Hirschhorn
CEO
Independent Strategy Consultant

Andrew Hoan
President & CEO
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Stephanie Ingrassia
Philanthropist

Lisa Kim
Director of Cultural Affairs
Two Trees Management

Joan Malin
President
Planned Parenthood of New York City

Leslie Marshall 
Associate Broker
Corcoran Group Real Estate

Aletha Maybank                    
Deputy Commissioner
Center for Health Equity
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Merle McGee 
Chief Program Officer
YWCA of the City of New York

C. Zawadi Morris
Publisher
The Brooklyn Reader

A.J. Pires
President
Alloy Development

William Rifkin
Senior Adviser 
Stifel Financial

Judilee Reed  
Director of Thriving Cultures
Surdna Foundation

Daniel Reid
Executive Director
Whiting Foundation

Jennifer Rodgers
Executive Director
Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity
Columbia Law School

Carley Roney
Co-founder
The Knot/The Bump (XO Group)

Shaheen Rushd 
Retired Attorney & Activist

Carla Shen
Philanthropist

Diane Steinberg
Trustee
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tupper W. Thomas
Founding President
Prospect Park Alliance

Jonathan Weld
Of Counsel
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Keith White
Principal/Partner
the BKLYN Combine