Wendy Rowden is the President of Building for the Arts. Wendy comes to BFA with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining BFA, she led Jonathan Rose Companies’ Investments where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s investment management business. Prior to Jonathan Rose Companies, Wendy served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Rockefeller Group, the U.S. Subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co.
Wendy is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (Trustee, Chair of 2017 Global Awards Jury, and immediate past Global Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, where she chairs the Finance Committee, and the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation.
Wendy is a past president of WX (Women Executives in Real Estate) and was the 2016 WX Woman of the Year. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Cushman & Wakefield and has taught real estate development at Columbia Business School.
Wendy is the recipient of numerous other industry awards, including Bisnow’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Real Estate,” United Way’s “Women United in Philanthropy Award,” and Real Estate Weekly’s Top 100 Women in Real Estate.” She holds degrees from Brown University, University of Michigan, and New York University.
Tel: 212 695 3036
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Levine is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Building for the Arts. During his 20-plus-year tenure, Bruce has guided the organization through many real estate development projects involving community renewal, perhaps the most notable projects being the 42nd Street police stables and the rebirth of Theatre Row.
Bruce serves as a member of The Board of Directors of The Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadow Park, currently serving his fifth term as Treasurer. Prior to joining BFA, Bruce served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.
After obtaining his BA at Connecticut College and an MBA at Boston University, Bruce began his career at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now, KPMG). He then joined Young and Rubicam where he worked in offices worldwide and became Vice President of Business Affairs. Bruce subsequently served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for The Delaware North Company’s Professional Sports Publications.
Bruce is a strong supporter of green spaces and his favorite pastime is bicycling through the wonderful parks within the five boroughs of New York City.
Tel: 212 695 4158
Director, Music and the Brain
Lisala Beatty became the Director of Music and the Brain in 2017 after serving as the Program Manager for 14 years. She has supported the more than 300 schools and music educators who have implemented Music and the Brain with thousands of classroom visits, lesson demonstrations and teacher training in addition to curriculum development.
A professional vocalist and songwriter for more than 25 years, Lisala’s voice, arrangements and original compositions are featured on numerous Music and the Brain curriculum recordings. She has performed across the U.S., Europe, Russia, Canada and Japan, on commercial jingles and more than thirty-five recordings.
As a product of public elementary education devoid of music instruction, Music and the Brain’s mission to provide high quality curriculum and piano instruction to all students is crucial to Lisala. Prior to working with Music and the Brain, Lisala worked in advertising sales as a Senior Account Manager for Vivendi Universal Net USA, the Walt Disney Internet Group and Ziff-Davis. Lisala holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she majored in Marketing.
Tel: 212 631 7825
Erika Feldman is the General Manager of Theatre Row, an Off-Broadway multi-theater complex in the heart of the Theater District that serves as an affordable home for performing artist organizations and a lively, accessible venue for diverse audiences.
Prior to joining Theatre Row in 2004, Erika worked in company and general management in both the commercial and non-profit theater world. She is an advisor for the Tenderloin Economic Development Project of San Francisco and hopes to further help them concretize their goal of creating an arts center in the Tenderloin that will be the centerpiece of a civic renewal for that area.
Tel: 212 714 2442
Board of Directors
Kevin Harrington, Chair (Harrington, Ocko & Monk, LLP)
Joseph (Jay) Beasley (Verizon)
Daniel Biederman (Biederman Redevelopment Ventures)
Carmen Bowser (Eastpointe Consultants, LLC)
Andy Hamingson (Pemberley Productions)
Miriam Harris (Trinity Place Holdings)
Jeffrey A. Horwitz (Proskauer Rose)
Josh Landay (Rosie’s Theater Kids)
William J. Maloney (Real Estate Consultant)
Melissa Pianko (Blackstone)
Wendy Rowden (Building for the Arts)
Zachary Smith (Samco Properties)
Joyce Storm (Retail Real Estate Advisor)