Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-in‐education services to 150 New York City public schools annually. We strive to develop a strong partnership between artists and teachers by providing arts programs to supplement traditional classroom teaching techniques. Each residency or workshop focuses on a specific visual or performing arts discipline selected by school staff and administration.
Marquis Studios thanks our Board of Directors for their ongoing support and guidance, without which we could not fulfill our mission of bringing arts education to all of New York City’s children.
Ricardo A. Rodriguez joined Marquis Studios in 2012. He is a Senior Associate at Gensler Architecture Design & Planning in New York, serving as a Project Manager involved in every phase of a project from pre-‐design to completion. He uses his substantial design/detailing abilities and strong technical background to lead his teams. Rick’s responsibilities include the financial well being of the projects, coordination of the team and consultants, daily contact with the client, and management of the day-to-day construction. He joined the firm over 15 years ago, having already worked on multiple interior construction and renovations for Financial Institutions, substantially sized trading floors, and computer facilities/data centers. In addition, he has worked on high-end residential renovations, legal and medical office spaces, commercial storefronts, and commercial office space renovations. Rick has served at various schools as a guest design critic for Interior Design Senior Thesis Presentations and Environmental Design Senior Thesis Presentations. He is a Columbia University alumni, holds a License to practice Architecture in NY and NJ, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is product of the NYC public school system, is married and resides in Brooklyn with two NYC public school aged boys.
Jessica Smith is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Roosevelt Management Company LLC, a private-equity investment management company. Throughout her education and career, Jess has dedicated time to working with special abilities and at-risk children, beginning in with her childhood in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine where her family served as a foster home for special abilities children, and continuing through high school where she served as a mentor to participants in the LifeJackets Program, as well as the spin-off GROWS Program through Womancare, a local domestic violence prevention project. Her prior career experience includes work for the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, representation of families and children in both MA and NY family courts, criminal and juvenile delinquency defense, and advisory consulting on criminal justice initiatives. Jess holds a bachelor’s degree in both American Political Systems and Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College, as well as a juris doctor from Boston University School of Law. In her spare time, Jess enjoys developing creative dessert recipes, training for marathons and half marathons, and interviewing applicants to Dartmouth College as an Alumni Interviewer.