Community Collective

Marj Kleinman

Marj Kleinman

Founder | Producer | Photographer

Marj Kleinman is a visual storyteller and the creator of Stoop Stories. A lifelong Brooklynite, residing in her childhood brownstone, she has years of stoop-sitting under her belt. In addition to photography, Marj has more than 20 years of experience as a children’s content producer and writer, creating award-winning educational media...

Katie Godowski

Katie Godowski

Photographer

Katie Godowski is a product photographer and freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She loves to photograph humans on the streets fighting for change at protests, street artists making the city colorful and families just embracing the beauty of the world...

Kendra J. Ross

Kendra J. Ross

Advisor

Kendra J. Ross is Founder/Director of a BedStuy based art and community platform called STooPS that hosts the BedStuy Annual Art Crawl on stoops, sidewalks, and gardens around the neighborhood. A dancer, choreographer, and community worker from Detroit, MI, Kendra now lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY.

Peter Afriyie

Peter Afriyie

Visual Storyteller

Peter Afriyie is a Ghanaian-American documentary photographer and visual storyteller from New York City. Informed by street photography and the idiosyncrasies of urban life, his work encompasses diverse genres including documentary, portraiture, film stills, and fine art.

Jenna Carrens

Jenna Carrens

Writer/Editor

Jenna is an artist, writer, and arts non-profit consultant from Austin, TX. Jenna’s work is centered around art and storytelling at the intersection of public space where she builds creative narratives through unexpected collaborations.

Ilina Bhatia

Ilina Bhatia

Summer Production Coordinator

Ilina is a filmmaker and fine artist from Manhattan currently studying film production at NYU Tisch.

Lara Weinberg

Lara Weinberg

Advisor

Lara Weinberg is a pun-loving wordsmith and communications consultant with eclectic experience in entertainment, marketing, and media. Born and bred in NYC, Lara studied Literature & Rhetoric at SUNY-Binghamton and went on to associate produce “The Writing Code” — a critically acclaimed, three-part PBS series on the origin, history and art of writing.

Betsy Book

Betsy Book

Advisor

Betsy Book is a UX professional who’s been working in the internet industry since 1997. While growing up in various places like Japan, Guam, and Florida she always knew NYC would be home. After moving to the city in 1993 and spending a few decades as a New Yorker, she knows this will be home forever. Having lived in both stooped and stoop-less buildings over the years, Betsy is incredibly thankful for the brownstone stoop that was her only outdoor space during the early part of the pandemic.

Kathleen Donohoe

Kathleen Donohoe

Writer/Editor

Kathleen is the author of the novels Ghosts of the Missing and Ashes of Fiery Weather, which was named one of Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read New York City Novels. Her stories and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, Washington Square, SNReview...

Jenna Peskin

Jenna Peskin

Editorial Volunteer

Jenna moved to Queens last year and has been looking for ways to learn more about the city and its various communities. With a background in marketing sales, nonprofit management and grant writing, Jenna's passion for storytelling has been a driving part of her professional career from the start.

Phoenix Robles

Phoenix Robles

Visual Storyteller

Phoenix Robles is a fine-art and documentary photographer and community organizer currently residing in Brooklyn. Her work often centers on populations and communities that have traditionally been silenced, to explore the hidden joys created within resilience and the defiance required to survive oppression.

April Somboun

April Somboun

Advisor

April Somboun is a marketing and communication strategist. She has worked for companies such as Scholastic, a brand that influenced her childhood, the American Heart Association, and the Council for Economic Education. Throughout her career,

Joe Harrell

Joe Harrell

Advisor

Joe Harrell is Executive Producer of ALL ARTS, a new multiplatform network at The WNET Group, where he oversees digital and creates new programming for the TV channel and streaming service. Prior to ALL ARTS, he served as Executive Producer of First Person and the Senior Director of Digital Strategy for The WNET Group

Edith Ann Claudio

Edith Ann Claudio

Visual Storyteller

Edith Ann Claudio is a portrait and event photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is passionate about photographing beautiful, authentic moments. She loves to shoot events and weddings, capturing the joy that love, family, friends, and connection creates.