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Board of Directors

New York Film Academy Board of Directors

Oscar Bleetstein
Oscar Bleetstein brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector, where he has held a number of senior positions at some of the most prestigious global financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Chase. While Oscar has developed expertise in a wide range of financial areas, his core focus has been on alternative asset classes, commodity derivatives, and trading strategies. His client base consists of hedge funds, mutual funds, sovereign wealth entities, family offices and ultra-high net worth individuals. A native New Yorker, Oscar previously lived in Asia and in Europe, and has traveled extensively...
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Dan Cogan
Dan Cogan is an American film producer and director. He is best known for co-producing "Icarus", winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and the Academy Award-nominated documentaries, "Hell and Back Again", and "How to Survive a Plague". Dan is also the co-founder of Gamechanger Films, which finances narrative features directed by women. In 2006, Dan launched the Chrysler Film Project, which was developed in order to identify and finance emerging voices in American independent films. One winning project of the program, "Blue Valentine", starred Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

Cheng Davis
Cheng Davis serves as special advisor on International Advancement to the President of Teachers College, Columbia University. Cheng also served as the vice dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves as special advisor on Internationalization Efforts to the President of the University of Pennsylvania. Before her time at Penn, Cheng served as vice president of Drexel University.

During her 17 years at Penn, Cheng founded GSE International, the first international programs office among graduate schools of education of Ivy League universities.

Cheng pioneered cross-national education research through the groundbreaking Six-Nation Education Research...
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Avy Eschenasy
Avy Eschenasy has over 20 years’ experience in motion picture business affairs. He is the principal of Eschenasy Consulting, which provides advisory services in connection with all business aspects of motion picture production, financing and distribution. Eschenasy Consulting serves independent producers and financiers in assembling finance plans and project financing, budgeting, negotiating above and below the line deals, and negotiating sales and distribution arrangements. Eschenasy Consulting also represents select U.S. distribution companies in acquiring motion pictures and negotiating distribution arrangements in a rapidly evolving marketplace.

Previously, Avy was a senior executive at Focus Features from its inception in May 2002...
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Jeffrey Haber
Jeffrey A. Haber has specialized throughout his career in fine art, jewelry and entertainment insurance. During his decades-long insurance career, Jeffrey has brought his specialty to three major New York brokerage firms. He is presently responsible for producing and servicing some of the most high-value clientele, including world-renowned art galleries, dealers, museums, collectors, jewelers, and the entertainment community. He has been involved in writing policy language with extremely broad policy terms and conditions.

In addition, Jeffrey produces business in several other areas of insurance such as real estate, owners and developers, various retail and wholesale businesses, kidnap and ransom, life...
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Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President and Founder of JJS Advising, is a dynamic and accomplished executive widely recognized as an innovative and transformational leader. Jenkins-Scott brings a proven track record of over three decades in leading mission driven institutions to high performing levels. As a strategic thinker with special skills in bringing together the diverse talents in a Board, professional staff, the business and civic community, Jenkins-Scott has used her skills and leadership experiences to contribute to many corporate and civic organizations where she is valued as a visionary and strategic leader...
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Matthew Modine
Actor Matthew Modine became a star for his performances in “Full Metal Jacket” and other successful films. Matthew moved to New York City as a teenager to pursue an acting career and studied at the Stella Adler School. He hit his stride in the 1980s with starring turns in such films as “Birdy” (1984), “Vision Quest” (1985) and “Full Metal Jacket” (1987). Matthew remains busy with a variety of film, television and theater roles, and is an avid environmentalist.

Matthew made his feature film debut in John Sayles' “Baby it's You” (1983), soon becoming one of Hollywood's hottest young actors...
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Denise Mullen
Denise Mullen served as President of the Oregon College of Art and Craft from 2010 until her retirement in 2018. Prior to that, Denise was Provost and VP, Research and Academic Affairs of Alberta College of Art & Design; served as Dean of the School of Art & Design at SUNY Purchase; Vice Dean of Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC; and Chair of the Art Department of New Jersey City University. Denise is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and served as Vice President of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Kristi Nelson (Board Chair)
Kristi Nelson retired in 2015 from the University of Cincinnati, where she served as the senior vice provost for academic affairs. She was awarded professor emeritus status by the UC board of trustees. As senior vice provost, Kristi was the provost’s chief advisor and representative for academic affairs, strategic planning and partnerships with academic units and other internal and external partners. She was a key member of the provost’s leadership team and represented the office across campus and to the Ohio Board of Regents. Kristi had major responsibility for ensuring that academic planning was an integrated process taking into consideration...
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Jean Sherlock (Principal)
Jean Sherlock joined the New York Film Academy in 1996, serving in various capacities until taking on the position of deputy CEO/Treasurer in 1999, and CEO in 2005. Prior to this, Jean worked at Salomon Brothers from 1986 to 1996 in New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Jean earned his degree in economics at Skidmore College in New York.

Clay Tarver
Clay Tarver has been a working screenwriter for over 20 years. Clay served as Executive Producer of HBO’s, "Silicon Valley", where he received the 2016 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing - Episodic Comedy. His feature credits include "Joyride", which he wrote with JJ Abrams. He also worked as a writer on such films as "Charlie’s Angels", "Idiocracy", "Walking Tall", and many others. In addition, Clay has written pieces for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, most notably “Everman’s War: The Rock Casualty Who Became a War Hero." Clay took the helm as Director, making the feature film "Vacation Friends" which debuted on Hulu in 2021.

Michael Young (President/CEO)
Michael J. Young graduated from Harvard University, BA magna cum laude. He then went on to earn his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He directed the award-winning film “McJew” which screened at festivals internationally, including Oberhausen, Cinema Du Reel, Clermont-Ferrand, Tel-Aviv, and Ann Arbor. An NEA grant and Scorsese post-production award recipient, he is a producer of feature documentaries “Today’s Man” and “Romeo, Romeo,” and was cinematographer on “Comrades.” Young is a founding faculty member of the New York Film Academy.

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