Grace R. Freedman, PhD

Former Chair & 2021 Gala Honoree
Dr. Freedman is a long-time Brooklyn resident and community advocate committed to improving arts, dance, educational opportunities for NYC’s youth and the public at large. She has been a volunteer and champion of Dancewave for over ten years, including 6 years on the Board, serving in various roles: Board Chair, Development Chair, Gala Co-Chair, and Co-Chair of the recent successful Capital Campaign.

Currently, she is launching a new venture, Why Not Art?, an art gallery and performance space for emerging artists in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Most recently, she was Director of Development at Beam Center, a youth-centered educational nonprofit for the past 7 years. She is also co-chair of Forth on Fourth Avenue (FOFA), a committee of the Park Slope Civic Council. Dr. Freedman has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Sociomedical Sciences (Political Science/Public Health).