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Advisory Commission

Susana Torruella Leval, Chair
Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio

Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Vice-Chair
Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Candice Anderson, Executive Director, Cool Culture
Steve Buscemi, American actor, director, and writer
Dr. Valerie Capers, Educator, jazz pianist, and composer, and arranger
Gabri Christa, Filmmaker, choreographer, and dancer; Artistic Director, Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Alan Fishman, Chairman, Ladder Capital Finance; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Chairman, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Agnes Gund, President Emerita, Museum of Modern Art; Chair, MoMA PS1
Lane Harwell, Executive Director, Dance/NYC
Jane Steiner Hoffman, Environmentalist and former Commissioner of New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project
Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Chairman of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Simi Linton, Author, filmmaker, and arts consultant
Arnold Lehman, Ford Foundation Fellow; Trustee, American Federation of Arts; Executive Committee Member, Bard Graduate Center
Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup; Chairman of the Board, The Studio Museum in Harlem and De La Salle Academy
Aedin Moloney, Founder and producing artistic director, Fallen Angel Theatre Company
Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement, Queens Museum
Dr. Cristián Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society
Robert Soros, President and Deputy Chairman, Soros Fund Management LLC
Judith Rubin, Board Chair, Playwrights Horizons
Kellie Terry, Program Officer in Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation
Fred Wilson, Artist; MacArthur Foundation grant recipient

Honorary Members
Thelma Golden, Chair of the Cultural Institutions Group; Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts

First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris
Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl
Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver

The Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission is mandated by the New York City Charter to advise the Department of Cultural Affairs on issues relating to the City's cultural life. The current Commission, under the chairmanship of Susana Torruella Leval, was appointed by Mayor de Blasio in October 2015.

Read the press release announcing the Commission's appointment.