Meet Theatre of the Oppressed NYC's Board of Directors!
Brandon J. Holmes (Co-Chair)
Brandon J. Holmes is an organizer at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he is responsible for regional engagement, leadership development strategies and strengthening relationships with community organizations. He has been on the TONYC board for a little over a year and is invested in TONYC's growth, development, and commitment to centering the voices of directly impacted communities through unconventional forms of political and social advocacy. Holmes’s grassroots campaigning experience includes organizing formerly incarcerated people. As the civil rights organizer for VOCAL-NY, he worked with civil rights leaders to pass the NYC Fair Chance Act, the strongest legislation in the country protecting people with criminal records from job discrimination. Holmes is also part of the training team for People’s Action, a national organization made up of 600 organizers and over 1 million members from 29 states.
Christina Hsu is a marketing professional with a diverse background in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is passionate about strategic marketing, people development, and entrepreneurship. Currently, she is the Marketing Director at Flex Pharma and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Halimah Washington is an Advocate and Activist for Social Justice and Criminal Justice reform currently working as a Medical Case Manager at The Fortune Society. It was in this role that she first learned about TONYC and got involved. Halimah was an actor in The Fortune Society troupe and performed in several forum plays including Honorable Discharge: We got Dissed, a forum play addressing issues that formerly incarcerated veterans face when re-entering society and TONYC’s Legislative Theater Festival: Housing Circus. She has performed with TONYC at The New School, Columbia University Center for Justice and The Brooklyn Museum. Halimah also hosted TONYC Activate Annual Celebration of Creative Change in October 2016. Halimah continues to support TONYC and is passionate about empowering people through Activism, Advocacy and Art.
Jessica Peñaranda is a Special Project Coordinator for The Sex Workers Project, providing direct services to sex workers and survivors of trafficking after arrest, documenting best practices and conducting trainings with court personnel and service providers. Jessica has been working on issues relating to violence against women for over 7 years. Prior to joining SWP, Jessica served as an intensive case manager with Safe Horizon's Anti-Trafficking Program, where she provided direct services for survivors of human trafficking and coordinated Voices of Hope, the program’s survivor-led advocacy group. Jessica is passionate about universal human rights, victims’ rights, civil rights, labor rights, sex workers’ rights, and immigrant rights and protection. She enjoys being an agent of change in a global community, and partnering with sex workers and survivors as a service provider. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Women and Gender Studies from the College of New Jersey and an M.S. in Global Affairs from NYU with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance.
Margery Greenberg has been a practicing attorney since February, 1984, having obtained her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law in May, 1983. She has practiced primarily in the areas of family and matrimonial law for almost all of her professional career. Ms. Greenberg is formerly the co-chair of the Matrimonial and Family Law Committee of the New York Women's Bar Association and currently a member of the Inter-disciplinary Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. In addition, she has lectured extensively on Family Law and matrimonial issues, before union legal services organizations and bar associations.
Patrick Kowalczyk is the founder and president of PKPR, a ten-year-old public relations firm that represents organizations using the arts, design, media, and technology to do good and cool things. Clients include The Knight Foundation, Creative Exchange, Fractured Atlas, Moleskine, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Prior to founding PKPR, Patrick worked in politics, including served as communication director for U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) from 1992 to 1997. He began his career directing communications and field operations for congressional and state legislative candidates in New Jersey. Patrick graduated from Rutgers University in 1990 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Media. He previously served as a board member of Live Out Loud, an organization for LGBTQ youth in New York City, from 2005 - 2014.
Sharon Polli is Chief Revenue Strategist at BRIC, Brooklyn’s leading presenter of free cultural programming, where she is charged with developing long-term strategies to ensure BRIC can continue to make cultural programming accessible and provide substantial support to artists. Sharon also served as Deputy Executive Director of Groundswell, New York City’s leading community public art organization.