strategic. creative. entrepreneurial.
I am a creative economy expert who specializes in business consulting, project development, and economic development in the creative sector.
For over a decade, 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, Massachusetts. Following a strategic planning process and merger with 1Berkshire, I assumed the role of Creative Economy Specialist and supported 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, and Eclipse Mill Gallery to name a few. 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 July 2016 I founded and hosted the weekly radio program Creative City on WMNB-LP 107.1FM in North Adams, Mass. I was also a co-founding board member of the Makers' Mill, a fiber and printmaking makerspace in North Adams, and was a co-founding commissioner and chair of the North Adams Public Arts Commission. An entrepreneurial spirit guides everything I do.