AREAs of expertise
Risa Shoup joined Karp Strategies with over a decade in senior leadership roles with NYC cultural nonprofits. Drawing from her experience in planning, arts and culture, and real estate, Risa brings a strong track record of working with cross sector partners and funders to inform strategic policy for the growth of cultural services in NYC, to better the lives of NYC's cultural workers, and to develop subsidized workspace for artist and cultural workers. Risa has worked tirelessly to build long-term partnerships, rooted in trust and shared values, from innovative grassroots organizations to some of the City's most well-known cultural institutions.
Risa's practice at Karp Strategies is grounded in participatory planning, market-informed analysis, stakeholder engagement and furthering access to necessary resources for the development of more inclusive, accessible and equitable cities. Risa’s fearless creativity, executive leadership experience, and project management acumen support project delivery and execution across sectors, and nationwide. Risa brings an exciting background in urban planning and arts and culture prior to joining Karp Strategies.
Most recently, Risa served as the Executive Director of Spaceworks, a nonprofit dedicated to developing subsidized workspace for artists and cultural workers across New York City’s five boroughs, with previous tenures at Fourth Arts Block (where she consulted on CreateNYC, the City’s first cultural plan), the Invisible Dog Art Center, and as a freelance development consultant. Risa chairs the board of the Invisible Dog Art Center, is the Treasurer of the Board for Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York, and is a Director of the Board of the American LGBTQ+ Museum.