Erika Sanger joined MANY after serving twelve years as the Director of Education at the Albany Institute of History and Art. There, she provided vision for the development of programs for adults, children, schools, and families, focusing on object-based learning and digital initiatives. She has led the institute’s “digital renaissance,” most notably with the launch of a new website and creation of interpretative strategies around hand-held digital devices and interactive media.
Sanger has gained her extensive arts experience through positions held at renowned institutions including the International Center of Photography, the Jewish Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC. She served as Director of Development at Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina, where she was actively engaged in the region’s artists’ community, and participated in the design and implementation of campaigns for capital and endowment funds. She has also developed program assessments with Harvard University’s Project Zero, the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and with the education department at the University at Albany. Programs produced under her direction have received funding from major organizations, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.
Sanger holds a B.F.A. from Clark University, in Worcester, MA, and an M.A. from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Rachel is thrilled to be a member of the MANY team. While attending Siena College, Rachel worked with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a number of museums here in Albany, and Siena's McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution. She interned with MANY in 2014-2015 and found her niche working with the organization that represents and serves all museums, historical societies, zoos and gardens in New York State. Since graduating from Siena in 2015, Rachel worked at at the Hilton Albany as the Reservations Manger and Executive Meeting Manager. She looks forward to bringing a set of skills based in meeting management and corporate networking back to the Museum Association.
Rachel holds a B.A. in American Studies and a Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies from Siena College and is a candidate for a Masters in Public Administration at University of Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.
Sarah Heikkinen is so excited to be stepping in as MANY's new Marketing & Social Media Coordinator. With a background in journalism, online content creation, and social media management, Sarah is looking forward to using her skillset to bring a new perspective to promoting the importance of arts and cultural institutions across the state of New York.
After finishing her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Africana & Latinx Studies at SUNY Oneonta in 2015, Sarah earned her master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2017. While there, she focused on honing her skills as a writer, social media specialist, and editor by pitching stories to local publications and writing and editing for campus magazines. Sarah has worked for various online publications since college, including The Scofield, an online literary publication where she is an editor. Since January 2018, Sarah has worked as the Executive Editor of the music and cultural criticism website, Under the Influence of Music (UTIOM). Her written work can also be found online at Teen Vogue, the Syracuse New Times, Deal News, and SheKnows.