Lyn Baranowski is a corporate development executive with experience spanning biotech, big pharma, and venture capital firms. She currently serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy at Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. where she is a member of the executive leadership team. Ms. Baranowski has a BA in International Studies from American University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
A Trestle Gallery board member since 2016, Vikram leads strategy for the Home Lending Business at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Vikram held a number of roles at Citigroup and started his career at McKinsey and Company. Vikram received his MBA from Harvard Business School and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Emily Giacoman joined the Trestle Gallery board in 2017. She has over 10 years of professional experience and is presently a Vice President at American Express Company. Emily received her MBA from Cornell University and completed her undergraduate degree at Vassar College.
Ajit Kumar is one of Trestle's founding board members. He received his MBA from McGill University and additionally has a Master of Science from Stanford. Currently he is a Portfolio Manager at LMCG investments, and has over 15 years of experience.
Christopher DeNicola joined the Trestle Gallery board in 2017. As a lawyer with Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP, Christopher represents U.S. and international companies in complex litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution proceedings. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law school and completed his undergraduate degree at Williams College.
Zeena Rao has been a Trestle Gallery board member since 2015. She has been a private equity investor with ICV Partners for ten years. She was the fourth professional to join the firm and has since helped capitalize and grow companies in the food, specialty retail, logistics and transportation, government services industries. Prior to ICV, Zeena worked on advising consumer and industrial businesses in mergers, acquisitions and debt financings while at Lehman Brothers. She has been a Director on the Boards of Marshall Retail Group, Cargo Airport Services, The PFM Group, and Sterling Foods.
Joseph J. Barretto has been an advisory board member at Trestle since 2017. He is a management strategist with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His expertise includes organizational and fundraising strategy and leadership development, building the capacity of organizations to ensure their sustainability and maximize their impact. In addition to his independent consulting practice, Joseph is an Affiliate Consultant at Community Resource Exchange and sits on the Selection Committee for The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He is Board Chair of the Filipino American Human Services, Inc., and serves on the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College. Joseph holds degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.
Heather Bhandari has been on the Trestle Gallery advisory board since 2014. She is a curator and co-author of ART/WORK; the second edition will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2017. She is the Program Director of The Artist First, a new nonprofit in LA. Heather Bhandari is a current adjunct Lecturer at Brown University, Director of Exhibitions and Program Manager at Smack Mellon, and recently completed a 15 year project as Director of Artists Relations at Mixed Greens Gallery in Chelsea. She is on the boards of Art Omi and NURTUREart.
Michael Brennan has been a Trestle Gallery advisory board member since 2014. He is a practicing artist who has exhibited extensively, domestically & internationally. Group exhibitions include PS1/MoMA, Vassar College, St. Peter’s College, etc. He has also written extensively for The Brooklyn Rail, ArtNet, and numerous catalog essays. He currently teaches at Pratt alongside his practice, and has also taught at Hunter College and Cooper Union.
Mel Prest has been an advisory board member at Trestle since 2014. She is an established artist and educator who has exhibited her work extensively, both internationally and domestically. She received her MFA in Painting from Mills College and her BFA in Painting from RISD. Mel also teaches at San Francisco State University, San Francisco Art Institute, California college of art, and San Francisco City College.
Jim Osman has been an advisory board member at Trestle Gallery since 2016. He is an established artist and fine arts professor. He has exhibited extensively both across the country and abroad. Born and raised in NY, he received both his BFA & MFA from Queens College, and is currently the Director of the First Year program at The New School.