Due to the prestigious advisory board and industry partners, the Broadway Women’s Fund benefits from one of the most powerful knowledge bases in the industry.

Founder and Managing Director

Valerie Novakoff

Valerie has worked in many of Broadway’s top administrative offices. As Associate Producer at Tony Award-winning producing office Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, the first Broadway producing office on the Inc. 5000 list, she manages investor relations and serves as associate producer on all Broadway-bound projects.

Fast Company and The New York Times published her groundbreaking study on gender parity among Broadway producers. She is one of very few individuals studying gender parity in the commercial Broadway landscape and frequently shares her findings on panels and conferences in the finance and Broadway industries.

She was the Associate Producer of the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island and Assistant Producer of An Act of God starring Sean Hayes. She previously worked as a Finance Assistant and General Management Assistant at 321 Theatrical Management (Wicked, Fun Home), and in the offices of Tony Award-winning producer Orin Wolf (The Band’s Visit, Once), Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy), and The Drama League.

Advisory Board

Top individuals from the finance and Broadway industries lend their knowledge and expertise to the Broadway Women’s Fund.

Lynn Ahrens
Tony & Emmy Award-winning Bookwriter/Lyricist

Sammi Cannold
Forbes 30 Under 30, Director

Rachel Chavkin
Tony Award-winning Director

Eric Cornell
Manager of Cornice Productions Fund; Tony Award-winning Producer

Ashley DeSimone
Tony Award-winning Producer

Susan Fleming
Gender Bias & Entrepreneurship expert; Former Cornell Professor and Partner at Capital Z Financial Services Partners

Alia Jones Harvey
Tony Award-winning Producer

Theresa Rebeck
Most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time

Michelle Riley
General Counsel & CCO of Bregal Sagemount; Tony Award-winning Producer

Chita Rivera
Three time Tony Award-winning Broadway actress

Jalaina Ross
Broadway Associate General Manager

Ali Kennedy Scott
Former Bain & Co Management Consultant

Jana Shea
Board Member of Women Moving Millions, Broadway producer

Margaret Skoglund
Broadway General Manager; Executive Director of Open Stage Project

Alice Smith
Director of Finance & Administration at LaunchCapital

Rachel Sussman
Tony Award nominated Producer

Brisa Trinchero
CEO of Princess Grace Foundation; Tony Award-winning Producer

Lisa Vioni
CEO and CoFounder of HedgeConnection

Paula Wagner
Film/TV/Theater Producer; Prev. CEO of United Artists