Who We Are

Pat Byrnes, Co-Founder/executive Creative Director

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to draw cartoons, but why take chances? That was Pat’s reason for getting a degree in aerospace engineering, just to go to a school with a daily paper. He has taken oddball routes ever since, working as a Clio-winning ad writer, voice actor, illustrator, comedian, and inventor, on his way to The New Yorker. After contributing hundreds of cartoons to the magazine he finally won the National Cartoonists Society’s Gag Cartoonist of the Year award—on his sixth nomination. So he can now turn his attention, and his vast and diverse experience, to the service of The Drawing Board and the collective success of his fellow New Yorker cartoonists.


Jonathan Plotkin, Co-Founder/Strategic Business Manager

Jonathan is a nationally published editorial cartoonist and illustrator who brings a 35 year career in business development to the Drawing Board team. Jonathan is a standing member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. His art can be found on the pages of the Chicago Tribune, American Bystander and other national print and online publications.


Amy Schwartz, Co-Founder/chief engagement officer

Amy is who you’ll likely talk to first because she’ll get where you’re coming from, wherever you’re coming from. She has 25 years of multidisciplinary experience in education, humanities, cultural institutions, fashion, and social justice, serving Northwestern University, The Newberry Library, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Anti-Defamation League.  She specializes in research, client development, external relations, program development and implementation, public speaking—and personal listening.