Isis Phillips
Executive Director

Isis is the Financial Manager at Democracy Now!, a daily TV/radio news program. As a volunteer with IndyKids, Isis trains and advises the staff on bookkeeping and financial matters. Isis holds a BFA from Marymount College and also studied Accounting and Finance at Baruch College. She has a passion for art and her photography has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions. Isis was born in Panama City and grew up in NYC.

Emma Gaffney
Emma Gaffney Editor-in-Chief & Program Coordinator

Emma has been the editor-in-chief of the IndyKids newspaper and a program coordinator with the IndyKids mentorship program since January 2020.

Originally from Scotland, Emma has lived and worked in five continents. After gaining her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Dundee, Emma moved to South Korea when she taught American English for two years. Following this, Emma lived and worked in various roles with nonprofits all over Central and South America, and later in Australia.

She moved to New York City with her wife four years ago, where she was a regular contributor to and proofreader for the Indypendent newspaper.

Em Lowinger
Em Lowinger
Education Coordinator

Em is IndyKids’ education coordinator, workshop instructor, and the executive producer & editor of the IndyKids Climate Crisis Podcast. 

In addition to working at IndyKids, Em is currently an assistant producer at WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and a member of SAG-AFTRA’s Broadcast News & Information division.

Prior to the pandemic, Em worked at Academy After Hours at Bergen County Academies (Hackensack, NJ) for almost a decade and taught 3 signature courses in acting, musical theatre & screenwriting.

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