Creative Alliance Staff

Creative Alliance Staff

We are a diverse and versatile group of impassioned change makers and artists. Here at the core of the Creative Alliance you will find a dedicated crew with years of experience over a broad range of disciplines including community building, education, music, performance, film and video, and visual arts.

Meet The Staff:

Margaret Footner

Executive Director

Margaret Footner is a co-founder of the Creative Alliance which spawned at Halcyon Gallery at Margaret’s Cafe in 1995. Ms. Footner owned and operated Margaret’s as a café/gallery from 1992-2000 before selling her restaurant to work full time as Executive Director for the Creative Alliance.

Gina Caruso

Deputy Director

Gina recently moved here from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was Director and Film Curator at Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre. A former resident of Baltimore for 16 years, she was Manager of Public Programs at the Walters Art Museum and also worked as an editor, photography editor, and writer for The Washington Post Magazine.

Christy Applegate

Director of Finance and Administration

In her role as Director of Finance and Administration, Christy manages the financial, human resources, and IT functions for the Creative Alliance. She has worked with not-for-profit organizations for more than 20 years focused on issues of youth, the arts, and social justice.

Marlo Jacobson

Director of Development

Marlo Jacobson, Director of Development, has spent the last two decades focused on donor centered fundraising and has worked for organizations of all sizes and types. Marlo has raised over $100,000,000 in her career and is happiest when she is coming up with new ways to reach out to donors.  She is thrilled to get to live, work, and play with her imaginative two kids, artists husband, and sweet shy dog right here in Highlandtown!

Josh Kohn

Performance Director

Creative Alliance Performance Director Josh Kohn has been working in the arts for more than a decade, specializing in curating powerful live performance experiences and meaningful community dialogue.

Maria Gabriela Aldana

Education Director

Maria Aldana is the Education Director for the Creative Alliance. She works with visual and performing artists to develop original project-based curriculum afterschool, summer and weekend programs which serve more than 3,500 children and youth each year.