strategic. creative. entrepreneurial.
I am a creative economy expert who specializes in business consulting, project development, and economic development in the creative sector.
Since relocating to Western Massachusetts from metro New York City in 2009, my work has focused on the creative economy. I served as the Managing Director of Berkshire Creative, the first organization devoted to fostering the creative economy in Berkshire County. Following a strategic planning process and merger with 1Berkshire, I assumed the role of Creative Economy Specialist and continued to support artists and creative businesses regionally.
I am also an artist, arts administrator, and curator. My background in the fine arts has given me an intimate understanding of the needs of artists and cultural nonprofits.
I began my career as an artist assistant and muralist after completing a BFA program at Purchase College in 2005. In 2014, I received a Master's degree from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. I coordinated and/or curated exhibitions at ArtsWestchester, Ferrin Gallery, Eclipse Mill Gallery, and many other arts organizations. My programming, designing, and writing skills complement my organizational and strategic ones.
In addition, I am a community convener who has founded and helped launch a number of businesses, organizations, and programs.
In January 2015, I co-founded BerkshireFlirt, a singles events business. I was also a co-founding board member of the Makers' Mill, a fiber and printmaking makerspace in North Adams, and am a co-founding commissioner and current chair of the North Adams Public Arts Commission. I continue to host the weekly radio program Creative City on WMNB-LP 107.1FM North Adams, which I founded in July 2016. An entrepreneurial spirit guides everything I do.