Meet the Board
David Lloyd was appointed the inaugural Chairman of Artolution from its establishment as an organization in 2016. Although he lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, he is a frequent visitor to New York and a passionate supporter of Artolution and its mission.
David holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Stirling, Scotland and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tasmania. Following a postgraduate fellowship in Japan in the mid 1980s focussing on Japanese philosophy, he began his formal career in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1990 he has been principally involved in higher education and academic research management, at the University of Tasmania and then at the University of Melbourne. He was Deputy Director of the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute, one of Australia’s largest medical research institutes, from 2005-2018, and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Jean Hailes for Womens’ Health, an Australian charity.
Aside from his involvement in Artolution and his work with Jean Hailes, David is an endurance sport tragic, and a regular if uncompetitive participant at marathon and Ironman triathlon events.
Inyang Ebong-Harstrup, Ph. D.
Inyang Ebong-Harstrup has had a long and distinguished career in International Development with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
She began her career in 1988 with UNDP as a Canadian Junior Professional Officer (JPO) assigned to UNDP Tanzania. Inyang worked on policy and programme design and development, implementation and management in the social and economic sectors both at country level and UNDP headquarters. Inyang returned to UNDP Tanzania in October 1999 as Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) acting simultaneously for a year as UNDP Resident Representative a.i. She took up her first-time appointment as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (RC/RR) in Trinidad and Tobago, also serving as RC/RR for Suriname, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in August 2002. In her last 10 years with UNDP (2007 to 2017) Inyang worked at UNDP HQ in two critical areas: The first was on the UN Reform Agenda known as “Delivering as One” where she focused on putting all the building blocks in place for “The One Leader” segment of the reform process. This was accomplished in her assignment as Associate Director, UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UNDOCO/UNDP). The second area of focus was on the bringing of new meaning to the concept of South-South Cooperation as practiced by the developing countries of the Group of 77 Plus China in the twenty-first century. The opportunity to work in this area came with Inyang’s final assignment as Deputy Director in the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).
In addition to Inyang being deeply engaged with development issues, she is also passionate about social capital that can be built in societies through the Arts and culture. In this regard she was fascinated by the work of Max and Joel and Artolution, the “jewel box” of a not-for-profit which addresses psychosocial trauma through community public art. The impressive results of this organization were the catalyst for Inyang’s decision to join the Board of Artolution in January 2019. Inyang is a dual citizen of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Canada. She received her B.A. in Modern European and British History from Bryn Mawr College and the earned a Ph.D. in Modern British and European History 1815-1951, from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Laura E. Berk
Board Educational Director
Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology emerita at Illinois State University, where she has taught child and lifespan development for over three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her masters and doctoral degrees in early childhood development and education from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia. Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the developmental significance of children’s private speech, and the role of make-believe play in the development of children’s self-regulation. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Readers’ Digest, and has contributed to Psychology Today and Scientific American.
Berk’s research has appeared in many prominent scientific journals. Her best-selling college- and university-level textbooks include Child Development; Infants, Children, and Adolescents; and Development Through the Lifespan, published by Pearson Education. Her book for parents and teachers of young children is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference, published by Oxford University Press. Berk is active in work for children’s causes. She recently completed nine years of service on the national board of Jumpstart for Young Children and currently serves on the governing board of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.
Advisory Council Chair
Rosemary is a Global Agency Business Leader at Google where she manages strategy & business development for one of the world’s largest media & marketing companies. She brings strong relationship management, collaborative entrepreneurship, experience with new technologies and an affinity for managing both the creative and business sides of an enterprise. Prior to Google, she spent 7 years working in digital advertising at InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta, GA and nearly 10 years working in various production and creative roles in the Theatre. She holds a BA from Princeton University and is a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic specialist. In addition to supporting Artolution, she works with various non-for-profit organizations in NYC, including MoMA, PCNY in the Streets & the All-Stars Project. Rosemary’s contagious passion is driven by a need to help others, an insatiable curiosity and spans across multiple disciplines where innovation, culture, and the performing & healing arts intersect.
Larry is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York. Larry is a principal in the Bethesda Maryland outsource accounting services of Withum.com headquartered in New Jersey. He enjoys traveling, cooking, road trips, gelato and gardening.
Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Max Frieder is the Co-founder and Co-executive director of the international community-based public arts organization Artolution. He is an artist and educator from Denver, Colorado who is based out of New York City. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors and a degree in Painting with a focus in “Community Based Public Arts” and received his Education Masters in “Community Arts” in Art and Art Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked with communities in different contexts across the globe. His work ranges from community building in refugee crisis, hospital workshops, abuse and addiction counseling through art, trauma relief, reconciliation and conflict resolution. He leads collaborative mural programs as well as creating the "Foundstrument Soundstrument Project", building interactive percussive sculptures out of trash and recycled materials. His projects have taken him from Israel and Palestine to the Jordanian-Syrian border, Turkey, India, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. His work focuses on cultivating public engagement through creative facilitation and inspired participation.
Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Joel Bergner (aka Joel Artista) is an artist, educator and organizer of community-based public art initiatives with youth and communities around the world. He works in acrylic and aerosol, creating elaborate murals that explore social topics and reflect a wide array of artistic influences. Beyond his art, Joel has a background as a youth counselor and received his BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has organized and facilitated community projects in over 20 countries across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America, along the way developing his unique combination of community work and mural art in partnership with dozens of institutions, community groups and local artists. His projects have addressed issues including the Syrian refugee crisis, mass incarceration in the US, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of street youth, gaining attention from international media outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters. Joel has a passion for connecting and sharing with people through collaborative art-making. joelartista.com