Since the November 2016 presidential election, Brick x Brick has expanded our organizational team to included the following members:

Heather Beck, Santana Benitez, Solonje Burnett-Loucas, Kristen Coleman, Tazia Deveaux, Heather Dunahoe, Kyra Gaunt, Nikki Juen, Kate Kennedy, Katy Kirby, Elisa Lopez, Susan Mariner, Jenn Nielsen, Karyl Newman, Janet O'niel, Annie Simon, Nicole Skibola, Jeannette Subero, Danielle Swift, Jen Vitale, Kaye Voyce and Jann Whaley.


Founding Team:

Sarah Sandman

Co-Director and Graphic Designer

Sarah Sandman is a TED Fellow and co-director of the Brooklyn-based design studio Public Displays of Affection. Her work uses design to create social experiences that bring people together, such as her Gift Cycle project, in which she helped neighboring communities exchange gifts of art. Sandman's project, Hostos Hands Up, was a collaboration with Hostos Community College's Black Studies program in which they designed protest signs for the NYC Millions March. Their work was displayed at Smack Mellon's Respond exhibit and featured in the New York TimesBike Write was a community bike ride in Providence, RI, spelling "Yes We Can" via the route through the city in support of Barack Obama. 

Andrea Lauer

Co-Director and Costume Designer

Andrea Lauer is an award-winning costume designer and artist as well as the founder of Risen From The Thread. She has technical expertise in sensors, electronics and material science, that she uses for wearable product design and experiential art installations. Recent credits include Broadway’s Bring It OnAmerican Idiot (Broadway and touring productions), BrooklyniteWhat’s It’s All AboutMurder for Two, STREB’s: Forces and the London Cultural Olympics, in addition to several other theatrical, dance, and opera productions in New York City and Internationally. Also working as a stylist for various artists, commercials, and publications, her work can be seen in Rolling Stone, Vogue, Interview, OUT Magazine, The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, red carpet events, and music videos.


Creative Strategist

Kyra D. Gaunt  is a TED Fellow and singer-songwriter versed in classical music, jazz and R&B songwriting, an adjunct associate professor of ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology and sociology and as a social media expert. Gaunt is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Baruch College and Hunter College at the City University of New York. She as a black feminist ethnomusicologist specializing in the study and performance of musical blackness and digital ethnography on YouTube. Her next book is a digital ethnography of black girls’ twerking and music-related videos on YouTube. This digital work expands on her previous scholarshipThe Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop, which won the Alan Merriam Prize for the most outstanding English-speaking monograph awarded by the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) in 2007.

Joey Foster Ellis

Producer and Creative Strategist

Joey Foster Ellis (Jumpsuit Producer) is an artist and TED Fellow living in Kathmandu. He has received several site-specific commissions, including Greenpeace, Bank of America, Chevron and Manulife and his work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek. Ellis was selected by The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum as one of 40 Under 40, a major exhibition highlighting the work of forty artists born since 1972.