President, Building for the Arts NY, Inc.
President, Building for the Arts NY, Inc.
Wendy Rowden is the President of non-profit Building for the Arts NY. Wendy comes to BFA with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Her passion is creative placemaking – using arts to make neighborhoods more vibrant and inclusive.
Prior to joining BFA, she led Jonathan Rose Companies’ Investments where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s investment management business. Prior to Jonathan Rose Companies, Wendy served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Rockefeller Group, the U.S. Subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co.
Wendy is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (former Trustee, Chair of 2017 Global Awards Jury, and past Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, where she chairs the Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation and Gemini Arts Initiative, the developer of the Powerhouse Arts Center in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Wendy is a past president of WX (Women Executives in Real Estate) and was the 2016 WX Woman of the Year. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Cushman & Wakefield and has taught real estate development at Columbia Business School.
The recipient of numerous awards, including Keen Company’s 2019 Vision Award, Wendy holds degrees from Brown University, University of Michigan, and New York University.
Tel: 212 695 3036
Chief Operating Officer
Josh Landay serves as Chief Operating Officer at Building for the Arts. Prior to joining BFA, Josh built a career in arts/media strategy, nonprofit program direction, arts education, and onstage performance. He served as Director of the Eye to Eye Diplomats speakers bureau, building a program model that brought 270 public presentations to more than 45,000 students, educators, and parents nationwide – including events at the U.S. Department of Education, the Kennedy Center, the Teach for America 25th Anniversary Summit, and numerous conferences, universities, and schools across the country.
As a Teaching Artist and researcher for the New Victory Theater, Josh developed curricula and led performing arts workshops for public school students throughout New York City. He also worked to implement the SPARK (Schools with Performing Arts Reach Kids) research study in collaboration with WolfBrown.
As an actor, Josh performed in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway as well as in the West End, Las Vegas, and on the show’s first national tour. His New York City and regional acting credits included productions with Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Theatre Aspen, and Creede Repertory Theatre.
Josh holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (Dean’s Honors), an MFA (Acting) from the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and a BA from Brown University (Public & Private Sector Organizations). He is a 2019-2020 Coro Leadership New York Participant.
Josh is a runner – both full and half marathons – and he is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.
Tel: 646 448 9058
Director of Finance
Ken Shillingford has spent his entire career in service, spanning the public and nonprofit sectors. He was one of the first recruiters for Teach For America; implemented one of the earliest foster care programs for HIV+ children and their caregivers at Miracle Makers; operationalized education programs for home care workers at New York’s largest healthcare union; and most recently was Finance Vice President/Director at groundbreaking organizations Expeditionary Learning and Echoing Green.
Ken’s public service began in the Office of Management & Budget analyzing foster care service and emergency medical response, and included fiscal and operational leadership in economic development and city planning during years of ambitious goals and severe belt-tightening. Ken received his BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his MPA at Columbia University.
Ken was born and raised in Brooklyn, where he currently lives with his wife and two children. A photographer for many years, Ken has held exhibitions across Brooklyn and rotates new and exploratory work on his website ShillingfordPhotography.com and his book “i am” – his book of early works.
Director, Music and the Brain
Lisala Beatty became the Director of Music and the Brain in 2017 after serving as the Program Manager for 14 years. She has supported the more than 300 schools and music educators who have implemented Music and the Brain with thousands of classroom visits, lesson demonstrations and teacher training in addition to curriculum development.
A professional vocalist and songwriter for more than 25 years, Lisala’s voice, arrangements and original compositions are featured on numerous Music and the Brain curriculum recordings. She has performed across the U.S., Europe, Russia, Canada and Japan, on commercial jingles and more than thirty-five recordings.
As a product of public elementary education devoid of music instruction, Music and the Brain’s mission to provide high quality curriculum and piano instruction to all students is crucial to Lisala. Prior to working with Music and the Brain, Lisala worked in advertising sales as a Senior Account Manager for Vivendi Universal Net USA, the Walt Disney Internet Group and Ziff-Davis. Lisala holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she majored in Marketing.
Tel: 212 631 7825
Emma Montoya Hills
Board of Directors
Jeffrey A. Horwitz, Chair (Proskauer Rose)
Carmen Bowser, Vice Chair (Eastpointe Consultants, LLC)
Joyce Storm, Treasurer (Retail Real Estate Advisor)
Zachary E. Smith, Secretary (Samco Properties)
Bruce Geismar (Retired Investment Banker)
Andy Hamingson (AD Hamingson Productions, Inc.)
Miriam Harris (Trinity Place Holdings)
David Bar Katz (Writer, Founder/Artistic Director of American Playwriting Foundation)
Lydia Kontos (Connecting Dots)
William J. Maloney (Real Estate Consultant)
Alexandra Morgan-Welch (Comcast NBCUniversal)
Wendy Rowden (Building for the Arts)
Sarah P. Shen (Gilead Sciences)