A life-long New Yorker, Jilian Cahan Gersten joined BAC in 2017. Her prior experience includes work in various programming and fundraising roles at LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, BRIC, the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, The After-School Corporation (TASC), Theatre for a New Audience, The New Victory Theater, and Ballet Tech. She is a founding board member of Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to serving on the board of Ballet Tech; was previously on the board of Danspace Project; and has served as a panelist for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New Jersey After 3. She is also a trained chef who, following a stint as an assistant instructor at the International Culinary Center and an apprenticeship in the south of France, worked in the pastry kitchen at Bouley restaurant. Jilian received her Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Wesleyan University, where she majored in College of Letters, an interdisciplinary program combining literature, philosophy, and history. She resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.