Trustees

BFS operates under the stewardship of the Educational and Operations Directors in partnership with the parent-run Steering Committee and the Board of Trustees, who have exclusively been alumni (or, rather, parents of former students). We are in the process of expanding our board to include qualified individuals who share a commitment to our values and mission but do not have a prior relationship to BFS. Our incomparable teaching staff is Brooklyn Free Space's biggest strength. Our staff has a long tradition of staying at BFS for years and years––and many who move on find their way back to us later. BFS doubled in size for the 2007–2008 school year. In growing from two to four classrooms, we welcomed, or welcomed back, some new staff members. We are happy to have long, fruitful relationships with these teachers.

Jonathan Turer

Board Member

Jonathan Turer's connection to BFS began in 2008 when his oldest son, Henry attended the school. During those two years he was a founding member of the (then ad-hoc) Diversity Committee and was later the Member-at-Large on the Steering Committee. Jonathan wanted to continue his commitment to the school and volunteered as a Trustee until his second son, William began his time in Jitterbug. At that point he rejoined Steering, again as the Trustee liaison (Member-at-Large).

Jonathan is currently the School Program Manager for NYC H2O, a local non-profit which operates field trips for students in the city. School groups visit natural areas within the five boros which have connections to our drinking water system to discuss watershed ecosystems and city infrastructure.

Additionally, Jonathan has been a licensed sightseeing guide in NYC for the last seven years, welcoming visitors ranging from State Department guests to high school marching bands and everyone in-between. He has also done consulting work; developing a tour at the Metropolitan Museum for the international firm City Wonders, and running a training session for docents at the High Line.


 

Stacey Townsend, CFA

Board Member

Stacey has nearly two decades of experience in the finance industry, including managing teams and analyzing investments. She is currently a Senior Investment Analyst and Lead of the U.S. Growth Equity Team at Wells Fargo. Stacey has also held roles at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and the CFA® designation. Stacey lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, who attended BFS from 2015-2018.

Susanna Kohn

Board Member

Susanna Kohn is a freelance writer and teacher. Most recently she taught Writing Courses through Bard College’s Prison Initiative, at the Brooklyn Public Library, as well as at Bayview Correctional Facility. Recent freelance projects include articles for Greenmatters, an eco-conscious lifestyle website, and writing product copy for the TUMI luggage website. As a former Copy Director, Susanna’s experience includes a mixture of editorial, advertising, and marketing work. She is also working on a novel.

She earned her BA from Columbia College and her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Each of her three children went to Brooklyn Free Space, and as a parent, she served on and led many committees, including Fundraising, Community Building, and the Newsletter. Susanna lives in Park Slope with her husband and three children.

Erin Frederick

Board Member

Erin Frederick is an executive in the non-profit sector with a focus on social action and advocacy. Erin is currently the Executive Director of The Hometown Project, an organization motivating voter turnout at the local level by recruiting and organizing cultural influencers to be advocates for civic engagement in their hometowns. She is the former National Development Director at Outward Bound where she planned and implemented the overall fundraising strategy for youth and veterans programs as well as direct support for the regional chapters in the US. Erin was previously the Director of Events & Membership at The Paley Center for Media where she was responsible for curating and producing events, patron series, screenings and panel discussions involving media leaders, while also stewarding and cultivating an engaged community surrounding these functions.

Erin spent several years working with the Sundance Institute, their Board of Trustees and Founder & President Robert Redford. Based in the Sundance Institute’s offices in Los Angeles, she also worked in Utah during the Sundance Film Festival and Summer Artist Labs. She also spent time working in production at HBO. Erin began her career in nonprofit theater working alongside Moisés Kaufman on the acclaimed play and subsequent film The Laramie Project and on the Artistic Staff at New York Theatre Workshop, a dynamic off-Broadway theater company in the East Village. She resides in Brooklyn where her daughters attended BFS between 2013 to 2018.