Paul Rabinowitz – Executive DirectorPaul is the executive director of ARTS By The People. He is involved with the daily activities of the organization, including outreach, fundraising, and project development.
Paul is a former president of a nonprofit sports and mentoring program in Morristown, New Jersey. During his five-year term from 2002-2007, he played a pivotal role in building and shaping the organization. His philosophy that every student can succeed if given the right framework and mentors still guides the organization today. He brings over 20 years of business experience as the founder and president of OMEX, a mid-sized, privately held company. Paul’s area of expertise is in sales and marketing as well as profit and loss management.
Paul’s current involvement in the trends of urban arts includes writing for various online magazines and blogs. Paul also volunteers his business experience to assist emerging artists and arts organizations. He lectures about changes in urban landscapes brought about by vibrant arts communities. He facilitates poetry classes, lectures at senior centers, and writes short stories. Paul is a graduate of Tulane University and is a resident of Morristown, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and three sons.
Adam Shapiro – President
Adam is a co-founder and partner with Lapis Software Associates, a software development and consulting company that has been providing technical services and systems to government agencies since 1994. As a member of the senior management team at Lapis, he is responsible for sales, customer relations, project management and budgeting, training, business process review, and technology guidance. Throughout his career, Adam has provided custom software and technology expertise for twelve U.S. state governments and numerous government and private organizations around the globe.
In 2010, he joined the board of ARTS By The People. Adam has a Master of Science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University. He has also been involved with numerous community and school programs in his hometown of Sparta, New Jersey, including five years as a coach for the town youth athletic program.
Daniel A. Abut considers himself extremely fortunate, because three of the best firms in the banking business (JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Citi) gave him the opportunity of a long and rewarding career doing something that, over the years, he became quite passionate about: analyzing banks, dissecting their financials, assessing their valuation, interviewing their managements, writing about their tactical and strategic plans, reporting on their successes (and also their failures), and sharing his views with bank investors all over the world.After 25 successful years as a sell-side senior bank analyst, however, in April 2016, Daniel recognized that the passion was no longer there, and left Wall Street in search of new challenges. He now divides his time between teaching, consulting and non-profits, and is honored to have joined ARTS By The People’s Board, where he seeks to pay forward at least part of all the support, love, encouragement and hope that he (and his family) received from the community when his son (Santi) unexpectedly passed away more than eight years ago. Santi was very involved in his school’s arts program, and Daniel strongly believes in the arts as an instrument for inclusion and a force for good in this world.
Daniel earned a BA in Accounting from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
Lawrence Barnard is currently a physician practicing medicine in the Bronx, New York and on Long Island. After graduating from The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999, he completed an Emergency Medicine internship and residency in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York, where he has been teaching for eight years. During this time, he co-founded a residency training program at North Shore/LIJ’s affiliate, Plainview Hospital, served as the residency director for two years, and currently is the Chief of the Division of NMM/OMM at Plainview Hospital. Sharing his skills and expertise with the underserved has been important since early in his medical career. He has traveled to Haiti many times since the summer of 1995, volunteering as a physician in clinics, orphanages, children’s hospitals, and hospitals for the terminally ill in and around Port au Prince.In 2009 he became a board member of ARTS By The People to use his unique skills and experiences to help guide the organization. Lawrence and his family reside on Long Island, where they enjoy the outdoors and the never-ending journey of learning to sail.
Karen Schneider has worked in a variety of industries over the span of her career, including digital media, fashion & apparel, wine and spirits, and most recently found her way back into cosmetics, working for bareMinerals in global packaging & creative services. With a deep-seated passion for the arts, she found her home in ARTS By The People, where she serves as a resource for PR & social media, as well as grant writing and editing of Platform Review. She enjoys writing and contributes to TheMuse, Career Contessa, Elite Daily, and Thought Catalog, and has been featured in Business Insider and Harvard Business Review for her career advice. Karen is obsessed with learning, life, spending time with her son, and career/self-improvement. She tweets and instagrams @karen_lenore.
Sara Seber artistically crafts experiences for tens of thousands of New Yorkers as an event planner, in both private and public settings. Sara started her company, Indelible Times, out of a passion for bringing people together. She produced the nonprofit GrowNYC’s annual public event in Union Square and is at the helm of Big Apple Crunch, a citywide event honoring National Food Day and healthy, sustainable food.Sara took the leap as an entrepreneur after three years of experience as the Events & Catering Director for Ciao for Now, a staple restaurant in the East Village, where she directed a team on weddings, corporate events and private parties. Prior, she worked under renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles, learning event management in the entertainment industry. Sara spent two years as a Corporate Training Leader for Paul Mitchell Schools, coaching young people in the beauty industry and developing and initiating community outreach events nationwide.
Sara’s relationship with ARTS By The People began with a shared vision and naturally evolved as she continues to deepen her work within the nonprofit sector. Sara is a professional coach and brings fifteen years of experience in dining, event planning and community outreach to her advisory role at ARTS By The People.