Phillip Howze and Lisa Robins Named New Board Members at BRIC Arts Media


Phillip Howze and Lisa Robins Named New Board Members at BRIC Arts Media



Acclaimed playwright Howze and financial leader Robins will join other BRIC board members in building Brooklyn’s creative future

August 1, 2023, New York, NY – Today, BRIC, a leading, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, announced that Lisa Robins and Phillip Howze have been appointed to BRIC’s Board of Directors. Howze, an acclaimed playwright and previous BRIClab resident, and Robins, a trailblazing leader in banking and former BRIC Member, will bring years of business, leadership, and artistic experience to lead the pioneering arts and media nonprofit.

Michael Liburd, BRIC Board Chair, said:

“Lisa and Phillip are outstanding. In addition to sharing their professional expertise and lived experiences to the strategic direction of BRIC, their love of the arts and the unparalleled role it plays in society is uplifting.They’ve hit the ground running, adding invaluable insight as we plan for the future.”

Wes Jackson, BRIC President, said:

“BRIC is thrilled to welcome both Lisa and Phillip to our leadership team, bringing years of invaluable experience to our Board of Directors. As we move forward as ONE BRIC, bringing trailblazing artists and financial experts together to help us chart the path forward will only make us stronger.”

Phillip Howze said:

“BRIC is a community-based organization that also happens to be one of our city’s most celebrated, preeminent cultural institutions. I’m honored to join the Board in support of BRIC’s continued efforts to invite and cultivate a creative ecology which thrives at the intersection of arts, media, education and civic engagement.”

Phillip Howze is a Brooklyn-based writer, educator, and theater maker whose works include Self Portraits (which premiered at BRIC in 2019) and Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr). Howze participated in BRIC’s BRIClab Performing Arts residency in 2015 and is a Resident Writer at Lincoln Center/LCT3. Currently, he’s writing new play commissions for the American Repertory Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Lincoln Center. He was recently appointed the inaugural Associate Senior Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University’s Theater, Dance & Media program.

Lisa Robins is a Brooklyn-based Senior Executive, Board Director, and trailblazer in emerging financial markets who is recognized for her special expertise and leadership developing business in global and U.S. domestic roles. In recent years, she was based in Asia (Hong Kong, China, and Singapore) where she effectively led organizations with diverse teams, across multiple geographies, through transformation to embrace change and become cultures of action and collaboration. Her current titles include Senior Advisor, Transaction Banking at Oliver Wyman; Senior Advisor at FinLync; Senior Advisor at Altana AI; and Partner at Prism Global Partners. Robins was Managing Director and Global Head of Transaction Banking (TB) for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore from 2018 until her retirement from banking in 2021. Robins is a former BRIC Member and is passionate about the arts, drawing, and photography.


BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for their community, BRIC ignites learning in people of all ages and centralizes diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC builds Brooklyn’s creative future.



James Michael Nichols, Director of Marketing & Communications

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