Carole’s Team

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Carole Sorell is the founder, president and CEO of Carole Sorell Incorporated. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company, United Technologies Corporation, Philip Morris Companies Inc., and the governments of Mexico and Hong Kong. Previously she was Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City, under the administrations of Mayors Dinkins and Giuliani where she represented over 1800 cultural organizations, serving as the liaison to the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Commission, the NYC Commission for the United Nations, NYC & Company (formerly the New York City Convention & Visitors Bureau) and the Congressional Arts Caucus. She also served as Vice President of the American Council for the Arts, where she developed and implemented promotional and marketing strategies for agency programs and advocacy initiatives, which achieved national awareness and celebrity participation. Under this mantle, she was a member of President Clinton’s Goals 2000 Leadership Team, hosted congressional breakfasts and meetings on the Hill, and supervised a national conference, Art Education for the 21st Century Global Economy, bringing together major leaders in the fields of government, business, arts and education. As a Partner and Vice President at Adams Rinehart (now Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart) she headed a division where she worked with leading financial clients. As a Senior Vice President at Ruder Finn, she originated and directed total marketing, communications and promotional campaigns for major corporate clients. She has worked with major personalities and celebrities which include Presidents Clinton and Reagan (working with White House staff), Betty Ford and Joan Mondale, prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, Alexander Calder and John Houseman, Christopher Reeve, Garth Brooks, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, John Mellencamp, Frank Zappa, Ray Charles, Herb Alpert and Tony Bennett. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who’s Who of Professional Business Women, Who’s Who in Media and Communications, and Who’s Who in Advertising.

Melissa Bushell at Steven Bruce Design


Melissa has served first as an account executive on various projects and events for Carole Sorell Inc. and currently as a Vice president. Melissa started off assisting Carole Sorell as a teenager working on press mailings and learning the business. You could say she was “weaned on PR”. While working for Carole Sorell Inc. Melissa handled assignments in arts, entertainment, public relations, marketing, and special events. She also worked in the public relations and film departments at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) where she researched, reviewed and edited copy and in the public education program for the lecture series at The New York Public Library. She attended the Art Students League in New York City. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from The New School. In her leisure time, she is a fine arts photographer.


David S. Rubin has been an active figure in the contemporary arts field for forty years. From 2006-2014 he served as The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. From 2000-2006, he was Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; from 1994-99, he was Curator of Twentieth Century Art at Phoenix Art Museum; from 1990-94 he served as Associate Director/Chief Curator of Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (now MOCA Cleveland); prior positions include Director of the Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA; Director of Exhibitions, San Francisco Art Institute and Adjunct Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Director, Santa Monica College Art Gallery; Assistant Director, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges and Assistant Professor of Art History, Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Since 1980, Rubin has been a member of the International Association of Art Critics. In 1996 he served as U.S. Commissioner for the Cuenca Bienal of Painting in Ecuador. From 2001 – 2007, he was an international juror for the Florence Biennale. He is currently listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Art. Over the years, Rubin has organized numerous solo and thematic exhibitions. Solo projects have been devoted to Martha Alf, Willie Birch, Douglas Bourgeois, Rolando Briseño, Petah Coyne, Jay DeFeo, David Halliday, Adad Hannah, Al Held, Daniel Lee, Donald Lipski, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Dennis Oppenheim, Alison Saar, Martin Puryear, Vincent Valdez, and many others; group exhibitions include Cruciformed: Images of the Cross Since 1980; Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art; It’s Only Rock and Roll: Rock and Roll Currents in Contemporary Art; Chelsea Rising; Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary, The Culture of Queer: A Tribute to J.B. Harter, Playing with Time, Chocolate: A Photography Exhibition, Waterflow, and Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s, which was accompanied by a comprehensive best-selling book on the subject, co-published by the San Antonio Museum of Art and MIT Press. Since 2014, Rubin has been a regular contributor to the online art journals Visual Art Source and Glasstire. Rubin holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Art History from Harvard University.

John Ross Vice President of Carole Sorell Inc


John Ross was associated with The Metropolitan Museum of Art for over 30 years.  He directed its press and communications office for 15 years, supervising a staff of 12. His duties included overseeing the museum’s media relations and marketing, as well as having significant involvement in fund raising, research, special events, and related activities.  These include: the opening of some 40 special exhibitions each year, galas such as “Party of the Year”; for the Costume Institute, the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, the Candace Award for 100 Black Women; visits by heads of state including President George Bush, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, and King Juan Carlos of Spain. He participated in the Museum’s government relations, corporate relations and donor relations and served as liaison with New York City and State tourism industry.  He was a member of the retail management team responsible for marketing and advertising 18 satellite shops of the Museum in the greater New York area, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Houston, and Columbus.  He also served as Special Assistant to the President of the Museum and was a member of the executive committee, reporting directly to the President and the Director. He has served as consultant to The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Ringling Museum, The National Endowment for the Arts and Corning Inc.

Doug Wink

doug wink, art director

Douglas Wink is an award-winning designer who has worked on numerous CSI cultural and corporate projects. His career began at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he taught graphic design.  In addition, he has designed publications for Doubleday, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Brooklyn Museum,  The Museum of Modern Art, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow.  Previously, he was a Senior Designer in the graphics department of Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

Tina Link Web Design

Tina link-black, Web Design CONSULTANT

Tina Link-Black is a graphics and web designer specializing in custom websites and animations for creatives and small businesses. Tina has created work for Warner Brothers Records, Epitaph Records, Studio 7 Media, Fox,, Cher, & Madonna among many others. A musician and artist herself, Tina brings a unique, creative, thoughtful perspective to her work along with the understanding of the power of a visual presence on the web. As the Web Consultant for Carole Sorell Incorporated, Tina consults with Carole and her clients to provide exciting designs that will best represent clients’ brand, messaging and goals. Photo by: Yamit Shimomovitz