McKenzie has been invested in Ithaca since she moved here in 2008 to attend graduate school in Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. She is an original member of Share Tompkins, spent years as an organizer for Ithaca Freeskool, starred in the local film Frac Attack about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, and was a co-founder of Bloom, a mission-driven retail store and play place for families on the Commons. She loves swimming in Cayuga Lake, going to the farmers market with her children, dancing with her friends, and performing music at various venues. McKenzie currently serves as a member of the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board and resides in the Aurora Pocket Neighborhood housing cooperative. She is eager to be working with such an energetic and enthusiastic team to usher Ithaca Festival into an era of greater inclusion and diversity so that it can truly be a celebration of the entire community.
Ben (Barnaby) comes back to us from Brooklyn where he has been managing artists and producing events. He began his career in Ithaca in the late 90s managing Donna the Buffalo and assisting with the Grassroots Festivals. His artists have since been signed by Clive Davis, Jive, Universal, EMI, and Columbia Records. He created and produced the H20 and Uforia Music Festivals at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and in downtown Los Angeles and has produced concerts around the country featuring talent such as Enrique Iglesias, Snoop Dogg, Tribe Called Quest, Weezer, Mana, John Legend, Pitbull, Juanes, Carlos Santana, Juan Luis Guerra, Tiesto, Ricky Martin and countless others. He is a proud member of the Calvary Baptist basketball team, the Kickers soccer club, The Buvas, and Black Irish Boxing. He is thrilled to be back in Ithaca focusing on an event within the community he considers home.