Board of Directors & Staff

Year-Round and Festival

NewFest Staff

Robert Kushner

Executive Director

Robert has been NewFest’s Executive Director since 2015, after serving on its Board of Directors for four years. Prior to NewFest, Robert was a creative executive, marketing strategist and entrepreneur. During his advertising career he worked on numerous consumer brands from Procter & Gamble and General Motors, and on diverse accounts ranging from USA Network to Continental Airlines. As a Creative Director at the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), he developed B2B campaigns for divisions including NBC Marketing, NBC News, Late Night, NBC Corporate and International Sales. Robert went on to be the Managing Partner and Executive Creative Director at Blue Marble ACG, a leading Internet development company at the forefront of the industry. He is a graduate of the Stanford Business School’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.

Nick McCarthy

Programming & Operations Manager

Nick McCarthy has been NewFest’s Programming & Operations Manager since 2016, managing the annual New York LGBT Film Festival in addition to curating NewFest’s year-round programming. Prior to NewFest, Nick 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, and has written about film and media for  publications including Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, NBC News, and the Boston Phoenix.

Radhika Rajkumar

Development & Events Coordinator

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

Clarke Griffith, Chair, CUNY 
Josh Schiowitz
, Treasurer, 
Schiowitz Artists Management
Mike Balaban, Balaban Associates
Bill Berman,
 Ogilvy & Mather

Ann Brown,
 Bumble and bumble.

Thomas Dima, UWG
Kristen Fitzpatrick, Women Make Movies

Barry McPherson,
APA Talent
Kimberly Reed,
Steve Seidmon,
Seidmon Associates
Ron Simons,
SimonSays Entertainment

Andrew Uriarte,
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts

Festival Team

Executive Director: Robert Kushner
Festival Producer: Liam Dacey
Programming and Operations Manager: Nick McCarthy
Development & Events Coordinator: Radhika Rajkumar
Shorts Programmer: Allie Esslinger
Filmmaker & Hospitality Manager: Brady Petersen
Social Media Manager: Alex Kacala
Website & Image Consultant: Kathy Meng
Operations & Production Coordinator: Alexandra Dinu
Hospitality & Events Coordinator: Emily Shurtz
Volunteer Coordinator: Katie Bishop
Technical Director: Joseph Quartararo
Print Traffic Coordinator: James Cathcart
Ticketing & Accreditation Manager: Natasha Hoover
Community Engagement Associate: Annette Covrigaru

NewFest’s annual New York LGBT Film Festival is programmed in partnership with Outfest

Outfest Staff

Christopher Racster
Executive Director
Kerri Stoughton-Jackson
Senior Director, External Affairs

Lucy Mukerjee
Director of Programming, Outfest
Sheryl Santacruz
Programming Manager, Outfest

Brendan Lucas
Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Manager

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