Brooklyn Children’s Museum Board of Trustees
Amanda Sue Nichols, Chair
Malcolm J. Williams, Vice-Chair
Larry Kwon, Treasurer
Darian Futrell, Secretary
Olivia Basu Leon
Prabha Sipi Bhandari
Jim C. Sinclair
Niles D. Stewart
Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council
Gonzalo Casals, Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Martin Maher, Brooklyn Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Robert Rubin, in memoriam
Dr. Nan Sussman
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Senior Management Team
Stephanie Hill Wilchfort
President & CEO
Stephanie Hill Wilchfort
Stephanie Hill Wilchfort is President & CEO of Brooklyn Children's Museum, the world's first museum built especially for kids and one of the country's largest informal educators. A Brooklyn native, Stephanie has worked in arts and culture for nearly two decades, and joined BCM in February 2015.
Previously, Stephanie was Vice President of Development for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. During her tenure, individual giving at the Tenement Museum nearly doubled; the Museum held its first $1 million Gala; and more than $11 million was raised towards the Museum's capital campaign. Prior to the Tenement Museum, Stephanie was Assistant Vice President and Senior Project Director at Sesame Workshop, where she oversaw programs, business development, fundraising, and marketing activities in the United States, Israel, and Latin America. She has also held senior roles at New York Public Radio/WNYC, New York Public Media/WNET, and Lincoln Center.
Stephanie is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an MPA in economic policy from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. With her husband Benjamin, she is the parent of three boys ages 4, 7 and 11.
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Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Atiba Edwards was born in St. Vincent, West Indies and grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He graduated from University of Michigan, where he obtained degrees in Industrial Operations and Engineering and Liberal Arts with a focus in Poetry and Musicology. Prior to Brooklyn Children's Museum, Atiba was the Director of Operations at Brooklyn East Collegiate, a middle school that is part of the Uncommon Schools network. Additionally, he co-founded FOKUS, an arts not for profit organization that uses the arts to connect and create communities. Previously, Atiba also worked as a Fixed Income Research Analyst within JPMorgan’s Investment Bank where he covered the Automotive Sector and he also worked at Nomura Securities in their High Grade and High Yield Fixed Income Research divisions.
Vice President of Exhibits & Education
Hana Elwell is Vice President of Exhibits & Education at Brooklyn Children's Museum, overseeing the Museum's exhibits, interpretation, educational content and partnerships, and collections. Hana joined BCM in 2015 as Director of Exhibits and Interpretation, and was promoted to Vice President in January 2017. She manages a staff of 15 employees.
Prior to joining BCM, Hana was an interpretive planner and project manager for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, where she worked on exhibition projects for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Hana has also created curriculum, led professional development training, and taught museum-based programs for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Currier Museum in New Hampshire. She began her career as an Educator at Brooklyn Children's Museum.
Hana holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research and a master's degree in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University where she focused on culturally specific museums. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, ages 1 month and 5 years old.
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Miriam Dalaei Fodera
Director of Experience and Engagement
Miriam Dalaei Fodera
Miriam Dalaei Fodera is Director of Experience and Engagement at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, leading content development and production at BCM through exhibits, programs, and activities, both inside and beyond the Museum’s walls. Miriam joined BCM in 2021 during the COVID-19 reopening.
Prior to joining BCM, Miriam served as the Director of Public Programs at Madison Square Park Conservancy, driven to further the mission of the organization by building community engagement around the Park through its innovative programs.
Miriam is trained in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Arts through NYU. She continues to educate herself on diversity and inclusion practices by working alongside community organizations, both local and nationwide. Miriam has built relationships with community partners, non-profits, artists, and creatives across multiple disciplines, and the result of Miriam’s work is often collaborative and community inspired.
Miriam currently serves as a Board of Trustee for Astoria Park Alliance.
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Director of Development and Events
Jackie Schalk is Director of Development and Events at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, designing and executing fundraising strategies that support BCM’s general operations and capital initiatives. Jackie comes to Brooklyn Children's Museum from the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, where she served as Director of the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC). AFIHC is a project of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. During her tenure, Jackie created partnerships and collaborated in the development and implementation of cultivation events and initiatives. Jackie comes to BCM with a deep understanding of donor cultivation and engagement. A noted genealogy researcher, Jackie has been featured on ABC, BBC Iran, CBS, NBC, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.
Jackie holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Thomas College. She has served the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, having previously worked at Roundabout Theatre Company and Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Jackie lives in Brooklyn and enjoys traveling with her daughter, age 8.
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Administrative Staff
Staff can be reached at (718) 735-4400 and their extension.
Programs & Education
Kwame Brandt-Pierce, After School Program Manager
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Alexandra Bynoe-Kasden, Programs and Engagement Coordinator
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Exhibits & Collections
Kate Calleri, Curator and Manager of Collections Interpretation
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Sophia Figuereo, Exhibit Developer
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Erik Fiks, Exhibits Manager
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Shakira Paula, Live Animal Coordinator
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Winston Williams, Manager of Communications
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