Who We Are

Pat Byrnes, Co-Founder/executive Creative Director

The Drawing Board concept originated at a general caucus of the New Yorker cartoonists one Wednesday in 2016. Pat has been honored to serve its development ever since. A New Yorker cartoonist since 1998, he won the National Cartoonist Society’s Gag Cartoonist of the Year award in 2017 (on his sixth nomination). Previous careers include Clio-winning ad copywriter, voice actor, illustrator (with another NCS award), comedian, inventor, and aerospace engineer (no joke).


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.