Brett John Johnson, MFA
Brett John Johnson joined Torpedo Factory Art Center 2017. He has implemented a number of innovative programs and partnerships at the Art Center and was recognized for his efforts by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as one of the 2018 40 Under 40. Brett previously served as the director of visual arts and head curator at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia. He also held positions as gallery director at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland; studio programs manager at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware; exhibits specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and preparator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, College of Art and Design. Brett holds a master’s of fine arts in painting from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, and a bachelor’s of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tiana Bady has been part of the Art Center since 2016. She works with more than 130 resident artists managing leases for studios, galleries, and workshops. She has years of experience in property management, leasing, and tenant relations. Prior to the Art Center, she worked as a contractor with the Office of the Arts for the City of Alexandria. She spent several years as property administrator of Jones Lang Lasalle for Union Station in Washington, D.C., assisting in the management of the historic station’s retail and office space. She has worked with tenants that range from large scale corporations like Amtrak and H&M to the artists at the Art Center, always supporting their needs.
Event Rental Coordinator
Shai Chu joined the Art Center in 2014. She has a background in planning large-scale start-up technology events at Razoo.com and education events for high-achieving High school students with The National Leadership Academies. Shai holds a bachelor’s in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Guzman, CPP
Curator of Public Programs
Daniel Guzman joined the team in 2015, overseeing public programs and projects focused on cultural growth, community engagement, and art opportunities in Alexandria and the greater D.C. metropolitan area. Prior to his time at the Art Center, he worked in New York for 10 years, developing culture crawls, pop-up events, workshops and roundtables for organizations like Pen America, Lit Crawl NYC, Lambda Literary, Housing Works, Hotel Trades Council, Le Poisson Rouge, Okamoto Studio, and Cinespect. He holds a bachelor’s of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Certified Program Planner (CPP) and is currently pursuing a master’s in Project Management at George Washington University.
Leslie Mounaime, MA
Curator of Exhibitions
Leslie Mounaime focuses on supporting emerging and mid-career artists with professional exhibition opportunities. She is also dedicated to bringing world-class artwork that captures that public’s imagination to the D.C. region. Leslie first came to the Art Center as the gallery assistant in 2015. Prior to that, she worked in contemporary art venues such as Artisphere and Art Whino. She is an art historian and curator with a master’s in art history with a focus in contemporary art and post-colonialism from George Mason University. She also earned a bachelor’s in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Facilities and Gift Shop Manager
Richard Johnson joined Torpedo Factory Art Center staff as gift shop manager with the City of Alexandria’s Department of General Service in 1999. He believed in the promise of the Art Center and was a fixture from its earliest days, spending hours volunteering and worked part-time starting in the 1980s. He started his working career helping in a family grocery store and ice cream shop and went on to manage other shops and restaurants. By the late 1960s, he managed several bookstore chains in the Washington, D.C. area, before landing at the Art Center. In his free time, Richard is an artist and certified yoga instructor.
Communications and Marketing Manager
Alyssa Ross has been with the Art Center since 2014. She manages strategic messaging, art direction, branding, media relations, and graphic design. She also oversees content creation for social media, website, advertising, and print collateral for the Alexandria Office of the Arts. Her career has been focused primarily on arts and nonprofits. She previously worked as a communicator for Tacoma Art Museum, Ballet Northwest, KaBOOM!, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and Edelman Silicon Valley and penned an arts column in South Sound Magazine. She regularly volunteers and has done pro bono marketing work for Springboard Forward, National Military Family Association, and other military and neighborhood organizations. Alyssa has bachelor’s degrees in both communications media and journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an alumna of the Robert E. Cook Honor’s College. She is a military spouse, scout leader, and mom to two girls.
Hannah Son started in 2017 and has assisted with graphic design, exhibitions, social media management, events, art sales, and administrative tasks in Target Gallery. She first joined the Art Center as a Target Gallery intern in 2015. Prior to this position, she has interned, volunteered, and exhibited her artwork at Epicure Café, Olly Olly, and SAMASAMA. Hannah has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Shenandoah University and is pursuing an associate’s degree in graphic design from Northern Virginia Community College.