Director of Education
For the past 20 years, Katie has had a enduring passion for inquiry-based teaching in non-traditional learning environments such as museums, zoos, theaters and historic sites. Over the course of her career, Katie has had the privilege of working at some of the finest cultural institutions in New York, including the New-York Historical Society, the Prospect Park Zoo, The Public Theater, and most recently, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, where she was Manager of Community Affairs, and a helped create the Education Department’s Docent and Tour Guide Programs. Her work there with survivors and family members of the 9/11 attacks inspired her to join the Anne Frank Center, deepening her commitment to advocating for victims of atrocities, as well as educating the public on the significance of such events.
In addition to her work in nonprofit organizations, Katie also has several years of experience as a classroom teacher, having previously worked as an Associate Adjunct Professor at Kingsborough Community College and as a Drama Teacher at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, NY. Katie holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Marymount Manhattan College, where her coursework included studies of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. In her spare time, Katie volunteers with New York Cares, where her favorite project is GallopNYC, a therapeutic riding program for children and adults.
Director of Communications
Alexandra has 10 years of experience in political communication and social justice activism. She has served as a media advisor and speechwriter for the first Australian Jewish MP, as well as a parliamentary and media advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia. Alexandra has an extensive background in field and digital campaign organizing, having worked on both federal, national and state campaigns in Australia and the United States. She has a keen sense of humor, a passion for writing and human rights. She has a B.A. in Politics and History and an M.A in International Law.
Director of Performance Education
Hailing from Northern California, Alexandra’s experience and professional work in theatre and film spans just shy of 20 years. As an actor, Alexandra has appeared on multiple off-Broadway and independent theatre stages throughout New York City. As a teaching artist, she has led workshops at The New School’s Summer Stage Acting Intensive and collaborated with youth theater groups such as Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Naked Angels High School Playwrights, and Young Playwrights Inc. She has worked extensively in the classroom with The New School of Drama’s BFA Program under Lincoln Center Teaching Artist and Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Giving Hero, Jean Taylor.
In her work as an actor and teacher, Alexandra is a champion of collaboration, ensemble-building and bridging differences through the practice of empathy. She is humbled to be continuing this mission as a performer, director, and developer of the Anne Frank Center’s Performance Series.
Alexandra holds a M.F.A. in Acting from The New School for Drama and a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara. She likes to spend her spare time rediscovering favorite pastimes, such as cross-stitching, knitting, calligraphy, ink drawing and water coloring.
Director of Finance
Vik Gupta is a consulting director of finance to a number of nonprofits and small businesses. He creates and implements financial systems, improves internal controls, reports to management and board of directors, liaises with outside auditors, and is responsible for overall financial strategy. He works on contingencies to ensure organizational continuity even during adverse times. He works closely with all clients to understand their programmatic missions and how finance can support and further their missions. In his spare time, Vik is a photographer and volunteers with under-served communities and teaches math to high-school students.
Associate Director of Education and Youth Initiatives
Bryan is a Philadelphia native and graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with professional education experience in museums, schools, theaters, and libraries in PA and NYC. He created and leads the Youth Initiative, a nationwide program supporting Anne's legacy that helps students identify and combat modern social issues, engage with their school community, and create a diary of their own. Bryan also maintains the Traveling Exhibit programs, bringing Anne Frank Center's engaging exhibits to venues across North America. He is an avid cricket player, storyteller, and reader of books.