John Joseph Lin was born and raised in suburban Detroit before graduating from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He spent over a decade in New York City working in fashion at labels including Bottega Veneta and for cultural magazines Big and Black Book.
Lin Projects found instant success with its concentration in marketing, branding, strategy and event production. He currently works with clients including The Bass Museum, Conde Nast, Design Miami, Fendi, Perrier-Jouët, Prada, and Vanity Fair Magazine amongst others; oversees year-round cultural programming for The Standard Hotel and Spa; served as cultural ambassador for Shinola Detroit; and is a contributing editor for Cultured Magazine.
John is a founding member of the capital campaign group at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Core Creative and serves on the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) NEXT Committee and the Advisory Council for South Florida CARES. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Locust Projects, a multi disciplinary not for profit exhibition space, and the Miami Rail, an editorially independent expansion of the Brooklyn Rail providing critical coverage of art and culture, produced both in print and online four times a year.
Marie Elena Angulo is an attorney at Jones Day’s Miami office focusing on corporate finance and capital markets. She has more than 25 years of experience working and living in Miami, New York, London and Buenos Aires. Marie Elena regularly publishes commentaries and articles on cutting edge legal issues and has spoken at conferences in New York, Miami and Sao Paolo. Since moving to Miami, she has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching Negotiating Skills. She is involved in her firm’s pro bono immigration project assisting asylum seekers from Central America. Marie Elena grew up in Puerto Rico and studied politics at Princeton University and law at Yale Law School.
Marie Elena and her husband are patrons of the Contemporary Art Society in London and founding patrons of The Drawing Room. In Miami, they support Locust Projects, The Bass, PAMM and the Lowe Museum. Their collection focuses on works on paper and includes, amongst others, drawings by Yoshitomo Nara, Marcel Dzama, Andrea Bowers, Liliana Porter, Nayland Blake, David Shrigley and Mona Hatoum; and photographs by Gillian Wearing, Martin Parr, Shirin Neshat, and Roe Ethridge. Since moving to Miami, they have expanded their collection to include works by South Florida artists. Marie Elena is a member of Oolite’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch Miami Committee.
Dejha Carrington is an arts communicator. Her experience in strategic communications, programming and public art builds awareness and support for artists, institutions, cities and global social responsibility initiatives. As Vice President of Communications at National YoungArts Foundation, she is a firm believer in supporting artists at pivotal stages in their careers. Dejha is also the co-founder Commissioner, an art membership program that provides members with original commissioned artwork, introductions to contemporary artists, and intimate exposure to unexpected spaces, collector homes and artist studios in their city. A recognized media source and speaker on arts, community and storytelling, Dejha was born and raised in Montreal and is currently based in Miami.