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After more than a decade, BSE Global EVP of Communications and Community Relations Gutmann departs

Mandy Gutmann, since 2016 the EVP of Communications and Community Relations at BSE Global (Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center), recently announced her departure, after more than a decade working for the arena company and the Nets. No successor has yet been named..

In her LinkedIn post, Gutmann cited the seven months of intense work, upon joining the predecessor company before the Brooklyn move in 2012, "doing publicity for all aspects of the team and arena in preparation for opening - events, technology, food, merchandise, art, architecture." 

After being promoted in late 2016, "we re-opened two historic venues, Nassau Coliseum and Webster Hall." (Well, the Coliseum didn't last, as it was shuttered by previous operator Mikhail Prokhorov.)

"In 2020, a major pandemic arrived right after I added community relations to my department," she wrote. "Heather Hall and I rolled up our sleeves and got to work using Barclays Center as a food pantry to feed 30,000 people and a voting site for the 2020 Presidential Election, while also creating a student art curriculum that started virtually and is now taught in 100+ schools. None of this community work would have been possible without the support of Joe Tsai, Clara Wu Tsai, and Ollie Weisberg."

Interesting: in other words, that Basquiat in Brooklyn Schools initiative of the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation's Social Justice Fund started with the Nets/arena staff. From the Fund's web site:
The Brooklyn Nets have partnered with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and the Fund for Public Schools to create an educational arts program about the work of Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The program was funded by the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, who established a Social Justice Fund to support racial justice and equality initiatives benefitting Black, Indigenous and People of Color.