Staff

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Alexander Kopelman
Co-founder, President & CEO

Alex is a writer and advocate who has devoted twenty-five years to advancing social justice and personal empowerment. He has a special passion for supporting young people in overcoming the limiting effects of outmoded societal stereotypes on individual development. Alex brings a wealth of experience in gender-specific youth development, having served as the Director of Marketing of Girls Inc., the premier girls’ empowerment organization in the US and Canada, for over twelve years.

Alex has authored and co-authored ten books and is a member of the Authors' Guild.


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Mark LaRiviere
Co-founder & Chief Program Officer

Mark designed and created the Creative Classrooms program to train and place working artists in inner city parochial schools in New York City and served as its Director since 1997. He also developed staff development programs to train classroom teachers in using visual arts in their curricula and the training of artists and classroom teachers to utilize the city’s museums and cultural institutions as teaching tools for their students. Through Creative Classrooms, Mark has also trained musicians to develop music and choral programs in city schools.

Mark is also a working artist, he maintains a studio in New York City and regularly shows his work in galleries and museums.


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Anya Levkovich
Program Coordinator

Anya is passionate about supporting and shaping young minds through creativity education. Anya began her journey as a teaching assistant at the Earth School in 2009. By 2015, she joined the Children's Arts Guild as a facilitator for the Girls’ Arts Express program. In the summer of 2017, Anya was appointment as the Program Coordinator. In this role, Anya leads a team of facilitators for the Boys' Arts Express and Girls' Arts Express afterschool programs. She supervises, evaluates, and assists in the professional development of teachers participating in the Guild's Creative Classrooms program.

Anya is also an artist, art educator, and art director with the Synetic Theater summer camp program. She is a big supporter of animal rescue groups and human companion to a few furry friends.


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Sarah Krauss
Administrative Coordinator

As an actor and an activist, Sarah believes in the deeply transformative power of art, especially for children. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah has sung, danced, and acted her way and across the country (you may have seen her as Teacher Susie in Sid The Science Kid.)  Sarah joined the Guild in 2017 after working as a Correspondence Assistant on the Hillary Clinton campaign and as an organizer of the Women's March on Washington. During that time, she also founded Artists For Action NYC, a network for artists passionate about progressive politics. Sarah considers the intersection of art and social change the cause of her life and is thrilled to be helping the Guild support children in growing into more intelligent, engaged, and productive people.