About Sarah E. Kornfeld
SARAH is a cultural curator, creative strategist and writer. Utilizing these skills she is a trusted communications lead, public affairs deputy and cultural producer. She has a deep history supporting organizations curating or promoting site specific art and social justice movements. She was a part of the initial Internet wave of the 1990's launching GoogleEarth, working at Netflix and launching a ton of companies focusing on social video, living gaming, VR etc.
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For 15+ years Sarah has had an integrated career in Silicon Valley working within ventures and start-ups, the arts + technology community, and within international think-tanks and multidisciplinary organizations. (LinkedIn Info)
Sarah is a proud member of the National Writers Union /UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO where she sits on on the Northern California steering committee. On the committee she is tasked with member growth amongst young writers of diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.
She is also (along with Dr. Lance McCready and Gaynor Strachan Chun) a co-founder of The Culture of You (TCoY). TCoY is a San Francisco based content company creating curated learning programs (via EdTech, coaching and off-sites) for young adults to better navigate life's big transitions. She is the Chief Curation Officer of TCoY. www.tcoy.co
In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Education, International + Multicultural Studies Department where she teaches Cultural Curation to Masters and Ph.D students. She also obtained a Masters Certificate in Search Engine Optimization at the University of San Francisco.
Sarah was born and raised in the experimental theater of New York City. She apprenticed/performed/choreographed with the Bread and Puppet Theater, The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, Theater for the New City, Tightrope Productions (her company), Dancing in The Streets, and The Royal Court Theater. As a dancer she trained with The Joffrey Ballet, Viola Farber, Bill T. Jones, Elizabeth Strebb, David Gordon and others who emerged out of the Judson Dance Theater (her father was the co-founder of the Judson Poet's Theater which was located above the great dance collective at Judson Church).
Sarah received her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College where she focused on writing and choreography. Her master teacher in poetry/writing was Kate Knapp Johnson. Her master teacher in choreography was Merce Cunningham's lead dancer, Viola Farber.
She apprenticed as a producer in site-specific production with Elise Bernhardt (as her assistant) for Dancing In the Streets. Some projects include, The French -American Dance Exchange (Dances in New York and Paris) and Grand Central Dances (the seminal site-specific installation in Grand Central Station. Artists include: Philippe Petit, Savion Glover, Merce Cunningham, etc).
In 1993 Sarah followed her passion for the new, and moved to San Francisco at the emergence of the 3D movement and the early Internet. Since then, Sarah's ideas, writings and programs have been sought after in Europe, the United States, Asia and Eastern Europe. She has led corporate teams/consulted within Netflix, Burson-Marsteller and GoogleEarth. Based on her experience in production, launching start-ups came naturally and she has since launched dozens of companies in Silicon Valley.
Her sense of purpose now focuses on the power of cultural programs, cultural curation and writing to support social change-makers and their authentic movements.
Her first personal venture founded in 2001, "Brave New World Group"(BvNW Group), was one of the first organizations focused entirely on supporting creative organizations, artists and technologists exploring the collaboration of art and technology.
For over fifteen years she has been a collaborator/producer/writer with the following (partial list): A.M. Hoch, TEVERETERNO (Rome, Tiber River site installation), The Kitchen, Pop!Tech, California Academy of Science, ObscuraDigital, Bluemind/Blue Marble Project, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, The E.O. Wilson Foundation, UC Irvine/Beall Center for Art and Technology, The Institute for The Future, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Rebecca Costa, The George Greenstein Institute (GGI), The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and others.
Sarah is a passionate writer, blogger and Op-Ed contributor. She has written articles, speeches and content for summits/with futurists, artists, applied neuroscientists, biologists and change-agents.
She has written two books, AMERICAN TEMPEST about growing up in the AIDS epidemic in the American Theater, and WHAT STELLA SEES a debut novel exploring the coming of age of a young girl with two great gifts: being an artist and battling epilepsy. WHAT STELLA SEES will be published by Cove International Publishers in the summer of 2018.
Sarah's passions related to futures/ocean conservation earned her (and a team of futurists and scientists including Dr. Stuart Candy, Dr. Jake Dunagan and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols) Artists in Residency at GAFFTA (The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts) in San Francisco. The team created, "Plastic Century" a piece commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences. Her commitment to cross-collaboration is core to her mission, and she is a trusted and active collaborator across many fields.
She has sat/or sits on the following advisory boards: The Kitchen's Art and Technology Advisory Network, ZeroOne, Plastic Pollution Coalition, CalArts, Glide Memorial Church and BLUEMiND.
Executive specialties include: Executive influencer relations, content creation, video campaigns and production, speechwriting, producing and curation of summits/events for civic engagement. She leads board development and relations programs, as well as ideation and execution of communications programs for global campaigns. She has served as a senior strategist/writer/producer for influencers, donors, venture capitalists, philanthropists as well as leading creatives in entertainment and the arts.