PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER
Jayme Koszyn oversees all activities of Koszyn & Company. Ms. Koszyn was a senior executive at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), designing, fundraising for, and leading its first Department of Education and Humanities. Working with her specialized staff of writers, researchers, and strategists, Ms. Koszyn has built institutions and businesses internationally, focusing on New York City. Prior to her work at BAM, she was a stage director, dramaturg, and writer for nearly two decades working in regional theaters and universities, including Huntington Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Arena Stage, among many others; her writings include "The Dramaturg and the Irrational" in the seminal textbook on dramaturgy, Dramaturgy in American Theater (Harcourt Brace). Ms. Koszyn served on the faculties of Boston University and Boston College, and she has spoken on panels and led seminars on fundraising around the world, including Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Ms. Koszyn graduated from New York City public schools, Princeton University magna cum laude, received an MFA from the School of the Arts at Columbia University in 2018, and was a Telluride Scholar at Cornell University; she holds a certificate from the Program on Negotiation and Business Structures at Harvard Law and Business Schools. Ms. Koszyn is the proud recipient of the “Award for Services to our Youth” from the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and was nominated as “Best Entrepreneur in New York City,” and her company for “Best Small Business” by Crain’s New York Business. Ms. Koszyn is the author of numerous published essays and is the co-author with Philip Lopate and John Rockwell of BAM: The Complete Works, which received the Special Jury Prize from the Theater Library Association. For three years in a row (2018-2020), Ms. Koszyn was honored with the “Notable Woman in Consulting Award” from Crain’s. Ms. Koszyn is a fourth generation New Yorker and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Lynn Stern has been working with Koszyn & Company since its founding, with a break as the Senior Program Officer at the Surdna Foundation, specializing in the role of arts and culture within social change. She has worked with foundations and nonprofit arts and culture organizations on grantmaking, program development, fundraising and evaluation, including the Ford Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Creative Capital Foundation, Media Impact Funders (formerly Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media), Asian Cultural Council, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ms. Stern has written case studies and monographs for the Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative and The Business of the Arts monograph series published by Nonprofit Finance Fund. Prior at Surdna Foundation, Ms. Stern was the Senior Program Officer for the Arts, where she managed its $8.25M culture portfolio with national grantmaking in arts-based economic development, arts and social change, community-engaged design, and teens’ artistic and cultural advancement. Fluent in Russian, Ms. Stern is a specialist in international cultural exchange with regional expertise in East and Central Europe and Russia.
Dan Zanella joined Koszyn & Company in 2006. During his more than two decades working in development, Mr. Zanella had a senior position with the Easter Seal organization, then served as Director of Development at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra before becoming the Chief Development Officer at American Ballet Theatre. Mr. Zanella has managed programs raising a total of more than $80 million for these organizations. During Mr. Zanella’s eight-year tenure at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, annual contributed income doubled while the organization’s endowment saw a six-fold increase. He was also instrumental in successfully transitioning the Orchestra into its new home at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. At American Ballet Theatre, Mr. Zanella was a member of the senior management and was directly responsible for an annual development goal of more than $13 million as well as significant Board development responsibilities. Mr. Zanella graduated from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music with a double major in Music Performance and Management.
Rafael Weil began working with Koszyn & Company in 2006, when he refined and upgraded the company’s visual identity. Since then, Mr. Weil has designed numerous marketing pieces, including brochures, invitations, case statements, and presentations for many of Koszyn & Company’s clients. Working with Koszyn & Company, Mr. Weil designed the logo for National Foundation for Advancement for the Arts and collaborated with the World Federation of United Nations Associations to design their Global Citizen Campaign brochure. Mr. Weil was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from Yale University. Following his studies at Yale, Mr. Weil served as director of design at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where he implemented a new visual identity across the entire organization. Mr. Weil is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Adriana Virgili graduated from New York University in May 2019 with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy and minors in German and Psychology. During college, she interned and gave tours at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, and was a member of the NYU Women’s Choir. Ms. Virgili attended Phillips Academy Andover. She has interned at the Sorolla Museum, the Prado Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Suhrkamp Verlag, and the Cervantes Institute and is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian.
COVID Era Koszyn & Company Interns
Client service is the core of what we do at Koszyn & Company. And the finest, most experienced, and talented staff leads the charge, and is instrumental in training professionals growing into their careers. Education and training that leads towards professional development supports that work.
Since its inception, Koszyn & Company has always compensated its interns, who have all gone onto remarkable careers. Many of the intern cohorts have stayed on at the firm, at times moving up to full-time positions following their years-long training. In May 2020, we received over 250 applications for one summer opening; in March 2021, nearly 300. So we hired twelve interns over two years during the “Covid Era.”
Meet our extraordinary group of undergraduate, graduate students, and post graduates, all who are moving into their full careers having learned how to do “more good better” during this extraordinary period in history.
Evan graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2020 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Arts Management. He has interned at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and previously organized a national relief fund for emerging arts and cultural professionals experiencing dire financial need due to COVID-19. Evan is an incoming Master of Arts Management candidate at the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Isabella Beroutsos was recently the Dumbarton Oaks Humanities Fellow at the National Gallery of Art. She received her B.A. from Harvard University in 2019, concentrating in the History of Art & Architecture with secondary coursework in French and Economics. At school, Ms. Beroutsos was a Student Guide at the Harvard Art Museums and directed the Student Art Show. She has held intern positions at Dia Art Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum, and the Louvre. She is passionate about museums and their evolving, unique roles in today’s world.
Andrew Bortey is a recent graduate of Yale University, Class of 2020. He played on the Yale Men’s Soccer team and graduated with a B.A. in History. After his undergraduate studies, he will be attending the Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan. He has interests in business and IP law as well as a great passion for public housing and economic reform. Mr. Bortey enjoys reading in his free time and has passions to help underserved communities.
DANIEL DE CASTRO
Daniel de Castro is a rising sophomore at Harvard College, where he plans to declare a concentration in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and pursue a secondary in Italian Studies. He is a member of the Harvard Financial Analysts Club and a staff writer for the Harvard Crimson Arts Board, for which he mainly writes book reviews; he also looks forward to volunteering with the Harvard Special Olympics Club when COVID-19 restrictions allow its activities to resume, and is proficient in Spanish and Italian.
Zachary Geinzer attends New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study concentrating in Creative Entrepeneurship and Economic Development. Mr. Geinzer hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, and spent his formative years as a musician and composer for film. Today, he is involved in the startup community at NYU, chairing the Gallatin Founders Fund.
Gabriela Goizueta graduated from Yale University in May 2019 with a B.A. in History of Art. During college, she held positions at various museums and galleries, including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University Art Gallery, and Matter & Light Fine Art. Following her studies, she expanded her understanding of the art world and worked in New York City at Hayworth Co. and Christie’s auction house. Ms. Goizueta is fluent in Spanish and Italian.
Alessandra Hernández is a rising senior at Northwestern University. She is a double-major in Theatre and American History with a module in Acting for the Screen. Ms. Hernández is devoted to bettering the lives of humans and animals, and is passionate about her heritage as a Latin American woman. In the past, she has volunteered with local animal shelters and with the Tōhoku 2012 Japanese tsunami relief.
Nathan Lesser is pursuing a B.S. in Business Management and studying Policy Analysis and Environmental Resource Economics at Cornell University. Nathan leads research for a nation-wide study into systemic inequality among patent holders, conducts collaborative case studies about diversity in business, and competes in Moot Court legal debate competitions. He has worked four jobs in his local community and has worked a field outreach position for a New York political consulting firm.
Allan Lopez is from Los Angeles, California, and is a rising sophomore at Stanford University, where he majors in English with an Education minor. He has worked as a school tour guide, a research assistant, and an intern for the Graduate School of Education. His volunteer work includes tutoring, helping first-generation students succeed in the college application process, and establishing a free tutoring service for +12k students as a team lead for Wave Learning Festival.
A former intern at Eye to Eye National, Lily McClain is a rising senior at Northwestern University, where she is pursuing a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Gender Studies. At Northwestern, Ms. McClain manages the finances for several student organizations and writes for The Deep End and a music journalism club. She is beginning a second year as a Koszyn & Company intern, having joined the team in June 2020.
Jas Ogiste is a student at Oberlin College and Conservatory where she is pursuing degrees in Environmental Studies and Piano Performance. Jas was born and raised in Harlem, New York, where she attended both the Harlem School of the Arts, as a student in the Preparatory Program, and The Bronx High School of Science. At Oberlin, Ms. Ogiste has worked with the Oberlin Heritage Center to promote environmental reform and she performs as a solo and collaborative pianist.
Ashley Zeng is pursuing a major in Operations Research and Information Engineering and a minor in Creative Writing at Cornell University. She writes code for AguaClara Cornell, a project team dedicated to developing technologies for safe water on tap. She is also a staff member at Rainy Day, Cornell's longest-running literary magazine. When not at Cornell, Ms. Zeng resides in her home state of West Virginia.