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:

Maria Gabriela Aldana

Community Arts Manager

A native Nicaraguan, Aldana is the community arts manager for the Creative Alliance. Maria has been recognized by US Senator Barbara Mikulski for her excellent Hispanic Heritage Month programming, including production of new documentary “De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You’re From)” telling the stories of undocumented immigrants of Baltimore through a residency with Nicaraguan filmmakers.

Gina Caruso

Managing 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.

Charlene Conner

Annual Fund Director

In her role as Annual Fund Director, Charlene Conner is happiest when you're happy, and is your go-to person for questions about membership, Art To Dine For soirees, or simply what to wear to the Marquee Ball.

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. The Creative Alliance's structure as community-based arts non-profit linked to area businesses and neighborhood organizations is in part the result of Ms. Footner's vision. The priority given the Creative Alliance's education programs is also an area of special interest.  

Megan Hamilton

Program Director

Megan Hamilton has been a dynamic leader, programmer and historian in the Baltimore arts community for thirty-two years. Trained as an art historian at Goucher College she went on to graduate studies in art history and theory at University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Ms. Hamilton has researched and written about Baltimore’s avant-garde performance art scene.

Brittney Huff

Development Associate

Brittney Huff joined Creative Alliance in 2007 and has previously served as Office Manager, Marketing Assistant and Program Assistant .. She now serves as Development Associate, overseeing individual giving and the membership program.