Jen Leavitt, President

Jen Leavitt is the Director of Product Development at Patron Technology, a software company that specializes in technology for live events and the non-profit arts industry. During her career, Jen has worked with more than 300 fine & performing arts organizations, helping them with their technology & strategy so they can focus on their mission. In 2012, Jen earned her master’s degree in Organizational Change Management from The New School, where she focused on enterprise level technology changes in nonprofits. Jen has presented on industry trends, data health, engaging audiences, next generation fundraising, increasing revenue, and change management at a number of conferences including INTIX, Theater Communications Group, American Alliance of Museums, and the Museum Trustees Association. In her free time, Jen volunteers at the Frank Lloyd Wright home and Los Angeles’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hollyhock House.

Sarah Braver, Vice President & Treasurer

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Kate Jones, Secretary

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Brad Rolston

Brad Rolston is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Dow Jones & Company, Inc., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal.  Prior to joining Dow Jones, he was an attorney in the business and finance practice at Thelen Reid & Priest in New York.  He earned his BBA, with honors, from Emory University in Atlanta and his JD, cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, where he received the American Jurisprudence Awards for both Publicly Held Business and Close Business Arrangements.

Margo Johnston

A lifelong resident of the East Village, Margo Johnston has been a NYNF board member since 2014. By day she works in television and film. She is currently the post production supervisor of Godfather of Harlem, a series for EPIX that will air in 2019. Past television projects include Instinct and Braindead on CBS, Hap & Leonard on Sundance, Marco Polo on Netflix, and Sirens on USA. She was also an associate producer on USA’s Royal Pains for six seasons. Margo’s film credits include co-producing The Dry Land and executive producing X/Y, which premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, respectively. By nights and weekends Margo can be found in the neighborhood with her wife and their internet famous dog @mohawksmoproblems.

Dushan Arnautovich

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Gary Belsky

Gary Belsky, who joined the NYNF board in 2008, is chief content officer at Elland Road Partners, a media and editorial consulting firm. The former editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine and, Gary is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and a featured columnist for, where he writes about business, psychology, personal finance and sports. An author of several books, Gary lectures frequently around the country on decision-making, effective selling and consumer behavior. In addition to his work for the Neos, Gary serves on the board of Urban Pathways, one of New York City’s largest providers of services to the homeless and mentally ill. He has seen The Infinite Wrench more times than he can count.

Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free, an alumnus of NYNF, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work as an actor, writer, director, and producer has been showcased and developed in many places, including FringeNYC; National Black Theater; The New Black Fest; The Moth Radio Hour; Project Y Theater; Flux Theater Ensemble; the Queerly Festival (of which he is now the curator), and The Fire This Time Festival, where he served as Producing Artistic Director for 5 years, winning an Obie for his work in 2015. He is also an accomplished voice actor, having voiced over 300 audiobooks and creating the voice of Kevin from Desert Bluffs on the popular podcast Welcome To Night Vale. More info at and on Twitter and IG @kevinrfree