About Us: Concerts in Motion Key Staff
Jennifer Finn, Executive Director
Jennifer Finn founded Concerts in Motion in 2009 after identifying a need among New York City's isolated residents for high-quality, live music. Jennifer is a lyric coloratura soprano who has performed in major opera houses in the United States and Europe. Between those engagements, she performed for patients in veterans' hospitals and nursing homes. Sensing the palpable difference that these personal, live concerts made for those she was reaching, she wanted to do more.
Jennifer is also an accomplished music teacher who recognized the importance of children and adolescents practicing performing and sharing their music as a critical part of their learning. She offered similar opportunities to her young music students and listened for their feedback about the experience. She found that they also experienced great joy in bringing their time and talents to those who cannot easily attend concerts.
Jennifer created and developed Concerts in Motion's programs and has guided the organization through tremendous growth, improving the lives of thousands of frail, disabled, isolated and homebound New Yorkers along the way.
Jennifer leads CiM with a tireless devotion and commitment to excellence which helps to ensure the quality of our work. She successfully cultivates funding from individuals, corporations, foundations and government to support our programs, oversees staff and consultants, manages the budget and works closely with Concerts in Motion's Board of Directors in order to fulfill our mission in the community.
She received a Certificate of Achievement from The Fordham University Center for Non-Profit Leaders Program in 2012 and completed the Columbia University Business School Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals in 2015. In January of 2018, Jennifer completed Leader as Coach, an online course taught by Professor Hylke Faber of Columbia Business School Executive Education Division. Jennifer was invited by Professor Faber to join the class as part of a mentor cohort in the spring of 2018 and will continue to participate in this cohort in the fall of 2018.
In 2018, Jennifer was nominated to receive the prestigious Maggie Kuhn Award presented by Presbyterian Senior Services to those who exemplify advocacy and civic commitment to the older local population. In 2013, Jennifer was named New Yorker of the Week for her work singing and organizing concerts for homebound, hospitalized and otherwise isolated, by NY1, a local TV station in New York City. Jennifer is originally from Philadelphia and received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1994.
Drew Barnes, Program Manager
Drew Barnes joined the staff of Concerts in Motion in the summer of 2017. In her role as program manager, Drew oversees all concerts in the pro-series, communicates regularly with our partners, and receives and addresses musician and agency feedback in order to maintain CiM's quality of concert excellence. She also orients all musicians to our roster through an in-depth, in-office screening and vetting process.
Drew is a licensed social worker, a certified care manager, and a certified aging life care professional. Her experience spans working in both public and private sectors, with a focus on serving the homebound community within New York City. She is also a team leader volunteer with New York Cares.
Amanda López, Scheduling & Operations Coordinator
Amanda López joined the staff of Concerts in Motion in the spring of 2018. Amanda coordinates concert scheduling of our professional roster, updates our internal and external calendars, manages extensive organizational data and runs program reports related to our hundreds of annual concerts. She also handles our accounts payable and receivable, prepares biweekly payroll, and completes internal invoices.
Amanda has spent her entire career working in the non-profit sector. In her previous role as Data Quality Control Specialist at Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, Amanda provided system administration, managed their database and consolidated data into reports for foundations and grants. Amanda has spent over 12 years as a very active member of the Spanish American Community Club of Co-op City and has served on their executive board for 5 years.