Open House New York is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Governing Board.
Joining the board are Sherlen Archibald, Robert Herrick, Abby Jo Sigal, and Saundra Thomas. “Their expertise with art, design, and community engagement, as well as their passion for New York City, will be invaluable contributions to Open House New York as it continues to expand its programming throughout the five boroughs of New York,” says Gregory Wessner, executive director of Open House New York. “We are thrilled to welcome them to OHNY’s governing board.”
Sherlen Archibald is Co-Founder and Partner of AGW Group, a cultural marketing and communications firm that offers a suite of services including digital communications, content strategy and creative partnerships to art, music, fashion, and tech companies. AGW’s clients include Red Bull, ’47 Brand and Mother New York among others.
A classically trained pianist and singer, Sherlen first began working in the entertainment industry at Universal Classics and MTV, then Sony BMG where he handled communications for international artists such as Usher, Jamie Foxx and Ciara. He then left to help start The Chamber Group, a boutique firm that allowed him to guide the careers of iconic artists such as OutKast and Toni Braxton, as well as brands such as Versace, Belvedere and Under Armour.
Sherlen speaks regularly across media, entertainment and innovation panels for SXSW, Syracuse University’s Bander Program for Music and Entertainment Industries, and is also a member of the Ad Color Awards Executive Council.
Robert Herrick, CEO & Founder of the Thompson House Group and Managing Director of Visualhouse, started his career as an architect, working for a highly regarded practice in London. From there Robert focused his career on architectural visualisation, founding Visualhouse, his first business, in 2006 and working with practices in London, New York, and the Middle East. Since then, Robert has grown the business into a full “creative ideas” agency with international offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Hong Kong that produce 360-degree campaigns with commercial film, rendering, and creative and branding divisions. Over the past seven years, Robert has built renowned visual brand stories for landmark buildings and iconic designers such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Vinoly, and Thomas Heatherwick.
In 2013 Robert established the Thompson House Group along with a small group of tastemakers and collaborators in New York. With the core focus of delivering exceptional private member experiences across a growing group of international House’s, Workspaces, Restaurants and Hotels.
Abby Jo Sigal is Executive Director of The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, a family foundation supporting career pathways for youth from low-income neighborhoods. She has extensive experience in community development, real estate finance, and impact investing.
Prior to the Dimon Foundation, Abby was the Senior Vice President of Innovation at Enterprise Community Partners, and provided leadership across the organization for strategy, new product development, knowledge management and impact investing. Prior to that role, she ran the Enterprise NY program, deploying $200 million annually in equity, debt, and grants, implementing programs, and advocating for policy. Early in her career, she oversaw the design and development of the West Side’s Hudson River Park and launched its first Summer Youth Program.
A New York resident since age 13, Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Yale University and Masters in Business Administration and City & Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley.
Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV, has made community service the center of her life. Saundra celebrates nearly three decades at Channel 7, several as promotion writer/producer and editor for Eyewitness News and award-winning ABC7 special programs. In 2001 she transitioned into her current role where she oversees all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community partnerships and projects for the tri-state.
Saundra was a candidate for New York City Council in 2013. An active board member, Saundra is the current Board Chair for Council for Unity; Chair Emeritus for Dancewave; and sits on the boards of the New York Women in Communications Foundation, NYC Young Men’s Initiative, advisory boards of The Grace Institute and Services for the Underserved and the Communications Committee for the YMCA of Greater New York, in addition to Open House New York.
Saundra is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from St. Francis College, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School. She is a proud and enthusiastic resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, where she lives with her family.
Open House New York
Roy Kim,Chief Creative Officer, Douglas Elliman New Development
Stephan Jaklitsch, Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Michael Samuelian, Vice President, Related Companies
Katie Dixon, Executive Director, Powerhouse Workshop
Sherlen Archibald, Partner, AGW Group
Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal, Buro Happold
Kenneth Drucker, Director of Design, HOK
Dorothy Dunn, Dorothy Dunn and Associates
Jonathan L. Geballe, Esq., Attorney
David Gruber, President, David Gruber Real Estate
Louise Harpman, Principal, Specht Harpman Architects
Robert Herrick, Managing Director, Visualhouse and CEO, Thompson House Group
Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe
Adam Kushner, Principal, KUSHNER studios
Caroline Otto, Senior Associate, anderson architects
Timothy Quinlan, Principal, Quinlan Development Group
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Rob Rogers, Principal, Rogers Partners
Abby Jo Sigal, Executive Director, James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation
Karen Stonely, Principal, SPAN Architecture
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group
Saundra Thomas, Vice President of Community Affairs, WABC-TV
Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design