Welcome to Our Newest Board Members and Board Chair

Wednesday Feb 14th, 2018

Blog > Welcome to Our Newest Board Members and Board Chair

Please join us in congratulating Sarah Arison as YoungArts' new Board Chair and welcoming our new trustees Sandra Tamer, Kristy Edmunds, Victoria Rogers, Jay Franke, Danielle Garno and Steven Marks. We are honored to have them as part of our growing YoungArts family. We welcome you to learn more about their wealth of experience and accomplishments below.

Sarah Arison
President, Arison Arts Foundation

Sarah Arison is a passionate supporter of the arts who is committed to cultural institutions that increase access to arts education, support aspiring and emerging artists, and encourage world-class artistry. She is known throughout the artistic community for her stewardship of young talent and for building networks amongst organizations, individuals, and companies who share her vision.
Born and raised in Miami, Arison is President of the Arison Arts Foundation, a private grant-making organization that supports emerging artists and the institutions that foster them. She was immersed in the arts from a young age by her grandparents, visionary philanthropists Ted and Lin Arison, who founded Arison Arts Foundation, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the New World Symphony, among their many philanthropic endeavors.

Arison is active across a broad cross-section of national arts organizations. As a trustee of the National YoungArts Foundation, she has developed strategic partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, Sundance Film Festival and more to provide aspiring talent with presentation and mentorship opportunities. Arison is Vice-Chair of the board of MoMA PS1; a trustee and member of the Committee on Education of MoMA; a trustee of American Ballet Theatre and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee at New World Symphony; a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts; and a trustee of the Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries. 

In addition to creating alliances between cultural institutions, Arison has capitalized on her professional experience in the fashion industry to help build partnerships between luxury brands, such as Swarovski and Khirma Eliazov, and like-minded non-profit organizations. In 2016, she helped initiate Max Mara’s Young Visionary Award, an annual prize for an exceptional YoungArts winner.

Arison has also ventured into film producing, supporting projects that shed light on lesser known aspects of the arts. In 2015, she produced her first feature film, Desert Dancer, starring Freida Pinto. She later went on to co-produce The First Monday in May, a documentary film chronicling the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute blockbuster exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass.  

Arison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and French with a minor in Art History from Emory University.

Danielle Garno
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Danielle N. Garno focuses her practice on issues faced by the fashion community, including, startup phase and commercial advice, intellectual property such as trademark and copyright infringement, social media marketing, advertising, anti-counterfeiting, as well as employment and general business litigation. Garno also handles complex civil litigation matters with an emphasis on white-collar defense and fraud actions. Her white-collar practice includes defending corporations against federal and state indictments, as well as internal investigations and negotiations with various federal and state agencies.

Garno represents fashion clients of all sizes from start-ups to multi-national, global brands, helping them navigate through legal issues as well counseling them on growing and sustaining a successful brand.

Garno has written extensively and lectured all over the country on topics relating to fashion law. She is actively involved with professional and community organizations. Garno is the Chair of the Beacon Council’s Creative Design Committee and sits on the Board of Fashion Group International—South Florida. She is also counsel to the nonprofit organization Style Saves, and is a member of both the State Board of Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Southeastern Division of Children’s Home Society of Florida. Her work has been recognized by Florida Trend, Florida Super Lawyers and Law360.

Jay Franke
Professional Dancer, Co-Artistic Director of the Chicago Dancing Festival, and Arts Philanthropist

A native of Oklahoma, Franke began his formal training at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. Franke was a 1993 Young Arts Finalist in Dance and holds his BFA in Dance from the Julliard School. He has danced with highly regarded dance companies such as Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.
Franke was Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Chicago Dancing Festival, a free annual festival that presents dance in multiple venues to record audiences. He and his partner, David Herro, have funded the "Harris Theater Choreographer in Residence Program," as well as the "Franke/Herro Design Series" at the Art Institute Chicago. Franke currently serves on the Boards of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, The Art Institute Chicago and New York City Center. He has been awarded the Ruth Page Dance Award and credits YoungArts as the moment that began it all.


Kristy Edmunds
Executive and Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

As an artist, curator, artistic director and frequent keynote speaker internationally, Kristy Edmunds has a reputation for innovation and depth in the presentation of contemporary performing arts. In collaboration with master artists, she has curated unique platforms that survey the breadth of their artistry, while placing equal emphasis on the support and commissioning of new work by some of today’s leading performance creators across disciplines.
Edmunds was the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and the TBA (Time Based Art) Festival in Portland, Oregon. She was the Artistic Director for the Melbourne International Arts Festival from 2005 to 2008, and was the first to serve an unprecedented four-year term. Upon completion she was appointed as the Head of the School of Performing Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne, and after one year became the Deputy Dean for the College.
Concurrently, Edmunds worked as the inaugural Consulting Artistic Director for the now critically heralded Park Avenue Armory (PAA) in New York (2009–2012). Curating the initial three years of programming, she established the formative identity of the PAA with commissioned work by artists such as Ann Hamilton, the final performance event of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Tom Sachs, Janet Cardiff, STREB, Ryoji Ikeda, and the Tune-In Festival with Philip Glass and many others. 
Edmunds' robust career has included work as a visual artist, an independent filmmaker, a playwright, a director and a teacher. She holds a bachelor's in film direction from Montana State University and a master's in playwriting and theater direction from Western Washington University. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, Edmunds was bestowed with the honor of Chevalier (Knight) de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2016.
She is married with two sons, and now calls Los Angeles home. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, one of the nation’s leading presenting organizations for contemporary performing artists.

Sandra Tamer

Sandra Tamer is a philanthropist and an active supporter of causes related to education and economic development.
Tamer started her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, CA, specializing in semiconductor and microprocessor design. She subsequently joined IBM in New England, working in sales and marketing for engineering and financial products.
Tamer is an activist for social enterprise initiatives and serves on the Board of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University, which empowers the next generation of leaders to address social and environmental challenges. She is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Center’s Fund for Social Ventures.
She also serves on the Board of Directors of Action Against Hunger (ACF), a recognized global leader that focuses on the intervention and fight against child malnutrition, and in the restoration of food security and self–sufficiency in at-risk communities.
Tamer is also an advocate of early intervention for special needs children. She has taken coursework towards completion of a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Needs Education at the University of Miami, and worked at the Mailman Center for Child Development, a center that provides support to children with special needs and their families.
In addition to her board position at YoungArts, Tamer also serves on the board of PAMM and  on the Chairman’s Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and is married to Tony Tamer, Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity and asset management firm; together they have four daughters.

Steven Marks
Managing Partner, Podhurst Orseck

Steven C. Marks is a Managing Partner at Podhurst Orseck in Miami, where he focuses on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, product liability, aviation litigation, commercial litigation, class actions, medical malpractice, premise liability, and admiralty. Some notable commercial airline crashes he has handled include Malaysian Flight MH370, Germanwings Flight 9525 and United Airlines Flight 3411. In addition to his aviation, general personal injury and wrongful death practice, he also counsels foreign governments, including the Russian Federation, the Republic of Venezuela, Ecuador, Belize, Honduras and numerous Brazilian states. Marks has also made several guest appearances on CNN News, Wall Street Live News and CBC Sky News.

Marks has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, including repeated acknowledgement in "Best Lawyers in America" and "South Florida Legal Guide." Marks is an alumni editorial-board member of the University of Miami Law Review. He is also a member of the Bar and Gavel Law Society and the Order of the Coif, and is on the Board of Directors of the University of Miami Law School Alumni Association (2003 to 2006). Marks is also an inaugural member of the University of Miami Law School Dean’s Council and a member of the University of Miami Law Review Alumni Advisory Board.

Marks holds a bachelor’s from the University of Florida (cum laude) and a JD from the University of Miami (cum laude), where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Victoria Rogers
VP/Arts, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Victoria Rogers is the Vice President for Arts at Knight Foundation. Previously, Rogers was the executive vice president of New World Symphony, where she helped set the strategic plan and oversaw all revenue generation, earned and philanthropic as well as marketing and communications for the orchestral academy that prepares distinguished music graduates for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world.
At New World, Rogers orchestrated the successful $200 million capital campaign for the Frank Gehry-designed campus, one of the world’s most technologically advanced venues for concerts. Before joining New World Symphony, Rogers served as assistant vice president for central development at the University of Miami, where she was the architect of its billion-dollar capital campaign, Momentum.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Rogers lived in Atlanta for 21 years where she held positions in management and development at Georgia State University and was vice president for external affairs at SciTrek, the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta.
Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in business communications from Georgia State University. She has studied not-for-profit management at Harvard Business School.