Our Team

Flux Factory is an artist-centered organization, and as such, all staff, residents, and community members are responsible for its creative vision.

Administrative Staff

Nat Roe
Executive Director

Carina Kaufman
Residency Director

Stephanie Griffin
Administrator & PR Director

Carl Rutberg
Development Director

Abigail Entsminger
Building Manager

Caroline Partamian
Benefit Coordinator

Board of Directors

Scott Hirst is Associate Director of the Harvard Law School Program on Institutional Investors.  His areas of interest include corporate governance and non-profit governance. Before joining Harvard Law School he was as an attorney in the mergers and acquisitions group of Shearman & Sterling LLP.  He is a member of the New York Bar, and holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Melanie Cohn is the Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Previously, she led Staten Island Arts, deepening its programs in education, folk, and professional development. Prior to that she spent seven years at the New Museum of Contemporary Art working in the curatorial department. Melanie is active in arts advocacy and policy, and has served as a New York State Captain for National Arts Advocacy, and on the Steering Committees of the NYC Arts Coalition and the NYC Cultural AID (Active in Disaster). She is a member of the Naturally Occurring Cultural District-New York working group. Melanie received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from Missouri State University.

Jake Pratt has a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Pratt is employed as Counsel at Shearman & Sterling, LLP, where he specializes in environmental and climate change law. He resides in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Sally Szwed organizes the annual Creative Time Summit and manages the Global Residency Program. Previously, she served as Program Manager of EFA Project Space, at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, in New York City, where she produced exhibitions, workshops, and other events. Sally has organized numerous public programs, including a series of parties welcoming new artists to the city, experimental wine tastings, and recent projects for Open Engagement and Flux Factory. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.

Jeff Stark is the editor of Nonsense NYC, a weekly email list and discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City. His events have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, and National Public Radio. He teaches art and design at NYU.

Oriana Leckert is a writer, editor, and cultural hipstorian [sic] who is kind of obsessed with Brooklyn. She is the author of Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture & Creativity (Monacelli, 2015) and creatrix of the website of the same name. She is the events editor at both Brokelyn and Greenpointers, and her writing has appeared on Slate, Atlas Obscura, Matador, Hyperallergic, Curbed, Brooklyn Based, and more.

Morgan Meis is a co-founder of Flux Factory. Morgan Meis is the editor-in-chief of the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, an internationally recognized philosophy journal, as well as the founder and publisher of Little Room Press, which specializes in the history of philosophy. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from New School University.

Jean Barberis is an independent curator.  He was, and retains his record as Flux Factory’s longest term artist-in-residence, played a primary role in founding Flux’s curatorial program, and was Flux’s first Artistic Director.

Jason David Brown is a graphic designer employed by Lapham’s Quarterly, a journal of history published four times a year, each issue on a specific theme. He is also an artist working in the mediums of photography, artist books, and storytelling. A resident of Brooklyn and Queens for 20 years, he is a founding member of Flux Factory.

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