The Art+ team brings industry experience, a passion for creating meaningful and impactful work, and innovative solutions. They have worked in various industries, including Electrical & Aeronautical Engineering, Higher Education, News & Entertainment, and Professional Sports. Together, they bring an extensive background in project management, community impact, and social innovation.
Betsy Gardner is a Research Assistant and Writer for the Data-Smart City Solutions site at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining
Betsy Gardner is a Research Assistant and Writer for the Data-Smart City Solutions site at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining the Ash Center, Betsy worked in a variety of roles in higher education, focusing on racial and gender equality through research, writing, and facilitation. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Boston University.
Leighton has been in the video and film industry for over 20 years. He began working with college and professional sports teams in the
Leighton has been in the video and film industry for over 20 years. He began working with college and professional sports teams in the Boston area before taking on a major role with a national broadcast news team at ABC News in New York City. During his time there he worked on many projects, including numerous Emmy nominations and wins, as well as the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in journalism. Leighton is currently a producer and editor for ESPN, where his award winning work can be seen on SportsCenter and other global platforms. He also has a background working on independent films, as well as photography.
Ricardhy Grandoit has championed several programs in various industries related to social programming, community engagement, and corpor
Ricardhy Grandoit has championed several programs in various industries related to social programming, community engagement, and corporate citizenship. Ricardhy has worked in higher education, professional sports, and as a consultant for organizations in healthcare and biotechnology. For over a decade, Ricardhy has worked closely with senior leadership, Human Resource professionals, and key stakeholders at all levels in their respective organizations. Ricardhy's entrepreneurial spirit, passion for collaboration, and interpersonal aptitude has allowed him to pioneer successful programs. These traits also serve as the foundation and motivation for the creation of Art+.
Sean specializes in Technical Program and Project Management. With a background in Electrical & Aeronautical Engineering Design, he has
Sean specializes in Technical Program and Project Management. With a background in Electrical & Aeronautical Engineering Design, he has expertise in fast-paced domestic and international cross-functional team development. Sean acquired many technical skills brought about by years of practical hands-on exposure to solving complex problems in projects that included; Process Flow and Task Prioritization, Construction and Real Estate Development, Resource Coordination, Risk Management, UX Design, Aviation and Automobile Manufacturing.
Board of Advisors
Meet our board members below! Our board of advisors are industry experts with a proven a proven track record of success. They are passionate about the intersection of social impact and business development--which we believe, are not mutually exclusive.
ADVISOR Strategy & Business Development
Maheesh Jain was the co-founder of CafePress.com, an ecommerce company focused on digital printing. Between the company's founding in
Maheesh Jain was the co-founder of CafePress.com, an ecommerce company focused on digital printing. Between the company's founding in 1999 through 2016, Maheesh was responsible for a variety of functions including Marketing and Business Development. During that time, the company grew to over $200M in revenue and was listed on NASDAQ. Currently, Maheesh advises startups and works with nonprofits focused on youth services and the arts.
Heidi Boisvert (PhD)
ADVISOR Market Analysis & User Engagement
Heidi Boisvert (PhD) is an interdisciplinary artist, experience designer, creative technologist, and researcher who interrogates the ne
Heidi Boisvert (PhD) is an interdisciplinary artist, experience designer, creative technologist, and researcher who interrogates the neurobiological and socio-cultural effects of media and technology. Simply put, she studies the role of the body, the senses, and emotion in human perception and social change. Boisvert is currently mapping the world's first media genome, while taking great care with its ethical implications. She also architects expanded reality and transmedia storytelling experiences, and devises networked dance and theatre using biocreative technology. She founded futurePerfect lab, a creative agency and think-tank that harnesses the power of pop culture, emerging technology, and neuroscience to ignite culture change with social justice organizations. She created the first 3D social change game, ICED, to shift the frame around immigration and America 2049, an alternative reality game on Facebook about pluralism. She also co-founded XTH, a startup creating novel modes of bodily expression through open-source biotechnology. Boisvert has been a TED speaker, Rockefeller Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow, and a cultural ambassador in Turkey. Presently, she is working with David Byrne on Theater of the Mind, an immersive theater piece and co-curating EdgeCut, a live performance series exploring human-digital relationships. Boisvert is Assistant Professor of AI and the Arts at the University of Florida, a Senior Research Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, a research affiliate in the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, and a member of NEW INC’s Creative Science track.
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