Board of Directors & Staff

Year-Round and Festival

NewFest Staff

David Hatkoff

Executive Director

David joined NewFest as Executive Director in August 2019. He has spent his career amplifying and elevating the mission and programming efforts of non-profit arts organizations, serving for 11 years in a senior leadership role at NYC’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. He was an integral part of Signature’s transition to its permanent home, the 75,000 square foot, Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center, and the growth of the company, which more than tripled its budget, staff and programming during his time with the organization. David studied in the MA program at New York University’s Gallatin School, with a focus in LGTBQ Studies. He has a deep passion for queer culture and a strong desire to create spaces for queer storytelling.

Nick McCarthy

Director of Programming & Operations

Nick McCarthy has been with NewFest since 2016, and curates & manages the annual New York LGBTQ Film Festival in addition to NewFest’s year-round programming. Prior to NewFest, Nick served as the Film Curator at The Tank, and worked in academic publishing and international media, serving as a Production Coordinator of the female-led, MENA-region talk show NIDA’A. Nick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and Visual Arts / Media Studies from Emerson College. Nick has written about film & media for publications including Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, NBC News, and the Boston Phoenix, and has served on multiple domestic and international film festival juries, including GAZE in Dublin, Columbia University’s CUFF in New York City, and Inside Out in Toronto.

Radhika Rajkumar

Development Manager

Radhika Rajkumar has been with NewFest since June 2018. With a background in journalism and photography, she has worked in a variety of media environments attempting to improve issues of race, gender, and sexuality, including Refinery29 and Primary Wave Entertainment. She is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Media as Global Intersectional Justice.

Board of Directors

Bill Berman, Board Co-Chair, Ogilvy
Sandy Markman, Board Co-Chair, The Estée Lauder Companies
Josh Schiowitz, Board Treasurer, Schiowitz Artists Management

Adam Natale, Board Secretary, SVA Theatre
Mike Balaban, Balaban Associates
Ann Brown, Bumble and bumble.
Thomas Dima, UWG
Ronald Lense, Douglas Elliman
Jane Sasseen, McGraw Center for Business Journalism
Ron Simons, SimonSays Entertainment
Andrew Uriarte, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
Anita Dolce Vita, dapperQ



2019 Festival Team

Festival Producer: Monisha Gandhi
Technical Director: Joe Quartararo 
Operations Manager: Jaclyn Wohl
Filmmaker & Hospitality Manager: Marija Silk
Social Media Manager: Sara Ravid
Programmer & Programming Coordinator: Desmond Thorne
Associate Programmer: Sarah Fonseca
Assistant Programmer: Cyrus Cohen 
Print Traffic Coordinator: Claire Stiefel
Volunteer Coordinator: Derek Klevitz
Publications Coordinator: Andrew Hall 



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