Joan Benefiel

Hunger Program Manager, Joan Benefiel, was born and raised in Kansas and attended University of Kansas in Lawrence, and the MFA program for figurative sculpture at the New York Academy of Art.

Growing up, Joan’s formative experience included volunteering alongside her parents at the local soup kitchens and homeless shelters. In her new role as Manager of the Hunger Program, she is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to combine creativity and her managerial experience to help people in need.

She and her husband, Jeremy, work together at the sculpture studio they share, Figuration Studio, in Bushwick.