Board

Brad Rolston, President

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, Vice President

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.

Phi Kurtze, Treasurer

Phi Kurtze is a 6th Grade ELA teacher in the Bronx. This is their second career, preceded by 5 years in non-profit development work with organizations such as Sarah Lawrence College, Gingold Theatrical Group, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Jewish Theological Seminary. Phi also worked as development consultant for NYNF, in addition to their work as technical collaborator.

Ryan McLeod, Secretary

Ryan McLeod is a New York City-based theater and publishing professional. He has worked with Samuel French Inc., Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the New York Neo-Futurists, where he earned his stripes as General Manager of 24-Hour Too Much Light.

Dushan Arnautovich

Will have a bio soon…

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 ESPNInsider.com, Gary is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and a featured columnist for Time.com, 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.

Shaun Pappas

Shaun W. Pappas, Esq. is a corporate and real estate attorney at a boutique law firm in Manhattan.  Hepractices in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group and the Development and Offering Plan group. Shaun litigates a wide range of commercial cases and represents several condominium and cooperative boards throughout New York City. Shaun also assists in drafting cooperative and condominium offering plans and represents clients in connection with the purchase and sales of cooperative and condominium apartments. He previously served as a legal assistant in the Southern District of New York for Judge Harold Baer, Jr. and was an associate at a large law firm in Manhattan. Bar Admissions: New York and New Jersey; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Education: Binghamton University (B.S., cum laude, 2005); Cardozo Law School (J.D., 2008).