Board of Directors

Tamara Tunie
Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie is an Actor, Producer, Director and Entertainment Consultant. She has been a Harlem Stage board member since 2009, and has served as Board President since 2011.

Jenette Kahn
Vice President

Jenette Kahn, the former president and editor-in-chief of DC Comics and MAD Magazine, is a movie producer and partner in Double Nickel Entertainment. She has been a Harlem Stage board member since 2005 and has served as Board Vice President since 2013.

Michael Young
Michael Young

Michael A. Young is the President of Vision Marketing. He been a Harlem Stage board member since 2010 and has served as Board Secretary since 2013.

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Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is the CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. She was previously a senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, the founder of the Oakland-based Urban Strategies Council, and a partner at the public interest law firm Public Advocates. Angela serves on numerous boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund and the W. Haywood Burns Institute, and she also advises the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as one of 15 members of its Community Advisory Council. She joined the Harlem Stage board in 2016.

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JoAnn K. Chase

JoAnn is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Indian Nation, and was born and raised in the community of Twin Buttes, North Dakota. She is a social justice advocate and innovative strategist committed to building a more inclusive democracy. Following over a decade of public policy work in Washington, D.C. serving as the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, this country’s oldest and largest organization representing tribal governments, JoAnn moved to New York City to launch her own consulting company, The Chase Group. She built upon her expertise in Indigenous rights to include efforts to move more philanthropic resources to advance social justice, promote environmental justice, advance efforts to promote and protect Native arts and culture and engage the Native voice in the media justice movement. She served as a consultant to several organizations regarding public policy, public relations, capacity building, sustainability, and management & development.

In 2010 JoAnn returned to Washington, DC to serve in the Obama Administration as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Director of the American Indian Environmental Office at the Environmental Protection Agency. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing the Agency’s efforts to strengthen public health and environmental protection for Tribal Nations and their citizens.

JoAnn has a law degree from the University of New Mexico Law School and a baccalaureate in film theory and criticism from Boston University. She was selected as the Special Rapporteur for the Indigenous Caucus at the World Conference Against Racism and appeared before the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as an expert witness on Indigenous issues. JoAnn is also a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Fellowship. She joined the Harlem Stage board in 2016 and served as chair of the Harlem Stage Spring Gala that year.

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Patricia Cruz

Patricia Cruz has served as the Executive Director, and board member, of Harlem Stage since 1998. A highlight of her tenure has been the state of the art renovation of the Gatehouse, the organization’s home since 2006, and the rebranding of Harlem Stage.
Trevor Gale
Trevor Gale

Songwriter, Musician, Drummer and Music Publishing executive TREVOR GALE, has spent his career in the trenches fighting for the elevation of the musical art form. Having worked with such artist as Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, John Lewis of the MJQ, Aretha Franklin, RUN DMC, Rock group HUMBLE PIE, and many many more. Gale also worked at SESAC the Performance Rights Organization as the Senior VP of membership, where he signed countless chart topping songwriters. He has been a Harlem Stage Board member since 2012.
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Courtney F. Lee-Mitchell

From 2007 to 2012, Courtney Lee-Mitchell headed development for Cine Mosaic, the NYC-based production company founded by Lydia Dean Pilcher. Since 2012, Courtney has been developing independent film/tv projects with an emphasis on prominent roles for men and women of color. Courtney is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and Bard College. She has been a Harlem Stage board member since 2014.

Daniel J. Osheyack

Daniel J. Osheyack is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Clinton Global Initiative and has had a distinguished career in media at Time Incorporated and Time Warner Inc. A long time supporter of Harlem Stage, Dan has been a board member since 2012.
Ronald Simons

Ron Simons is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer, four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer and actor of stage, film and television. Ron is also the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. He has been a Harlem Stage board member since 2012.