Founder & Creative Director
Amar C. Bakshi is an artist whose work focuses on how to integrate technology into environments and across pronounced distance to create new forms of digital-physical public spaces that challenge and subvert existing norms. In particular, he works to connect members of diverse communities who would likely not otherwise meet in intimate environments to create their own meanings. As an artist, Amar treats the formation of institutions as, themselves, sites of creation. Amar previously worked as a reporter at The Washington Post, an editor at CNN, and as Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Amar, a Soros Fellow and Truman Scholar, has an AB from Harvard University, a MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a JD from Yale Law School.
Co-Founder and Director of Global Development
Michelle Moghtader runs global development for Shared_Studios. Previously, she was a multi-media journalist based in the Middle East. She has written for Reuters, CNN, The Huffington Post and Energy Intelligence Group and worked as a community organizer across the U.S. Michelle graduated from the University of Virginia and received her master’s degree from the Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She speaks Persian, French and Spanish.
Chief of Staff
Jake manages operations and public engagements for Shared_Studios. Jake most recently worked on issues of sexual assault in the military for Protect Our Defenders. He has also worked as a speechwriter for the NYC Mayor's Office, as a concert producer in Havana, Cuba, and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he advised Lincoln Center's executive leadership on programming for new audiences. Jake is a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and is a contributor on topics of technology and politics to The Hill.
Director of Operations & Legal Affairs
Kathryn focuses on internal operations, legal affairs, and partnerships. Before joining the Shared_Studios team, Kathryn worked as an attorney at an international law firm. She previously served as an Aide to the Marshal at the Supreme Court of the United States, excavated in the ancient marketplace of Athens, and held a variety of curatorial internships. Kathryn has an A.B. in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She hails from central Florida and is now based in New Haven, Connecticut.
Global Portal Curator
Emma Saperstein is a performance artist, curator and arts administrator based in San Luis Obispo, CA. A graduate of Wheaton College and the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, her experience includes serving as studio manager to internationally recognized artist Titus Kaphar, co-curator of Inverse Performance Art Festival, involvement in the thriving alternative arts and publishing community in Chicago, specifically with the Public Media Institute, Lumpen Magazine and the Co-Prosperity Sphere. For the past two years, she has served as an editor and curator for the feminist collective HYSTERIA. She currently splits her time between Shared Studios and the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College.
Head of Educational Programming
Kristen Erickson has spent the past seventeen years as an educator at Greenwich Academy, an independent school for girls in Greenwich, CT. She teaches high school and middle school students and served for nine years as a grade-level dean. Prior to her time at Greenwich Academy, Kristen spent twelve years in the curatorial field at the Museum of Modern Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Ashmolean Museum, and Luchsinger Gallery at Greenwich Academy. She is fluent in French and has decades of experience as a competitive rower and rowing coach.
Prior to joining Shared_Studios, Neesha Rahim co-founded and led Level Up Village, a social impact company building global competency skills in K-12 students through guided global virtual exchange experiences revolving around STEM subjects. She helped scale the company's impact to 26 states in the US and 20 countries around the world as co-CEO, reaching thousands of students and educators. Before this, she spent 15 years working in the NGO space with youth development and conflict resolution organizations, including Seeds of Peace, where she first understood the power of connecting people with seemingly insurmountable differences. She brings her passion and expertise in creating wide-scale impact through education, philanthropy and global connectedness to Shared_Studios where she will be focused on bringing the Portal experience to colleges, universities, nonprofits and NGOs. Neesha has a Masters Degree in Social Work, with a minor in International Affairs from Columbia University. She sits on the board of Level Up Village as well as NicaPhoto, a youth development organization in Nicaragua and Opportunity Plus, a micro lending organization for women.
Digital Media Intern
Razan is a photography and video student at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been featured nationally in several gallery exhibitions and museums such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Greater Reston Arts Center. Her work has also been published in The Washington Post, Rookie Magazine, The Vienna Connection among others. She hopes to receive her BFA and become an art director and work for nationally-recognized publications and international media outlets.