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.

Margaret Footner

Founder | Director Special Projects

Margaret Footner

Margaret was a founder of Creative Alliance and served as the organization's first Executive Director from 1995-2018. She co-led the development of The Patterson, Baltimore’s premier multi-arts center. Creative Alliance built The Patterson in 2003 to champion Baltimore’s creative community, spearhead Greater Highlandtown’s revival, and build community through accessible arts and education programs. As Executive Director, Margaret led the organization’s growth from a small group of visionary volunteers into a transformative cultural force. After transitioning from executive leadership in 2018, Margaret is now Director of Special Projects focusing on developing the new Creativity Center.


Adam Cooke

Technical Director

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adam@creativealliance.org

Adam Cooke

A Baltimore native, Adam Cooke has over 20 years experience as an audio engineer, mixing bands in various recording studios and venues in Baltimore and on tour. He started at Creative Alliance in 2003, and now serves as Technical Director, overseeing audio, lighting and video for the theater and Marquee Lounge, and supervising the technical staff. Adam is a drummer and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Production & Engineering from Berklee College of Music.


Kammeran Tyree Giggers

Site Manager Tench Tilghman School

Kammeran Tyree Giggers

Kammeran Tyree Giggers is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She recently completed her Masters in Diverse Leadership in Education from The University of Notre Dame. She also received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as receiving her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Acting from North Carolina Central University. Some of her acting credits in productions at various repertory theatres across the south and Midwest include: Dreamgirls, Shrek the Musical, The Color Purple, Clybourne Park, and Ragtime, to name a few. Kammeran also enjoys giving back to her community through teaching and directing musical.


Brittney Huff

Director of Development

Brittney Huff

Brittney Huff joined Creative Alliance in 2007 and has previously served as Office Manager, Marketing Assistant, and Program Assistant. She now serves as Director of Development. She is a visual artist, working mostly with mixed media on found paper. She holds a BFA in Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Josh Kohn

Performance Director

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josh@creativealliance.org

Josh Kohn

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. Previously he served as Program Officer, Jazz and Traditional Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and for many years as the Programming Manager with the National Council for the Traditional Arts. He has an on-going relationship with American Routes, a weekly public radio program out of Tulane University, organizing tours of China for an array of musicians. In addition, he is a former Fellow with the Devos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Yesenia Mejia

Artesanas Mexicanas Coordinator

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yesenia@creativealliance.org
Hablamos Español​

Yesenia Mejia

We honor Latin-American traditions by presenting three generations of women demonstrating, sharing, and teaching Mexican folkloric arts, crafts, and traditions taking root and thriving in Southeast Baltimore. Artesanas Mexicanas focus on artist exchanges, workshops, and public events. The program includes professional development training in Spanish for immigrant artists, after-school enrichment programs, as well as public community workshops at family festivals and area schools. We organize bilingual cultural events for all ages including Día de los Muertos and traditional Posadas!


Micah E. Wood

Marketing & Design Associate

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micah@creativealliance.org

Micah E. Wood

Micah E. Wood is a photographer, musician, and designer from Newport News, Virginia. He moved to Baltimore in 2009 to pursue his Bachelors degree in Photography at Maryland Institute College of Art. Since graduating in 2013 he has been working and performing in the Baltimore art scene sharing his music, design, and photography. Micah’s work now includes marketing strategy, outreach, and design at Creative Alliance.


Vic Yambao

Development Associate

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vic@creativealliance.org

Vic Yambao

Victor Yambao has been involved in the arts and theater since graduating from Lesley University. He has worked for the Harvard Box Office in Cambridge, MA and the Improv Asylum in Boston. He's a painter and has also worked as an illustrator, prop manager, and graphic designer for various theater groups. He moved to Baltimore and joined Creative Alliance in 2016 as a Box Office Assistant transitioning to Office Manager in 2017. Currently, he is the Creative Alliance Development Associate.

 

Thomas James

Visual Arts Director

thomas@creativealliance.org
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Thomas James

Thomas began his work as a curator in 2015. Before joining Creative Alliance in 2018, he was responsible for crafting exhibitions throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area with organizations such as The Phillips Collection, Town Hall Education and Recreation Center (THEARC), The Jerusalem Fund, Syra Arts, and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. He comes to us from the Maryland Federation of Art where he served as the Exhibitions Manager.


Heather Keating

Marketing and Communications Director

Heather Keating

Heather Keating grew up in an creative family and has been around art and photography all her life. In her time at the Maryland Institute College of art, where she studied Graphic Design and Photography, she fell in love with Baltimore and all of its eccentricities. She is a photographer, designer, event planner, and long-time resident of Patterson Park.

Heather has worked in design, advertising, and event planning in Baltimore for more than a decade. She worked as a graphic designer for Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) where she learned the ins and outs of large-scale events. She has done marketing and design for many for Baltimore companies such as John Yuhanick Associates, Phillips Seafood, Birroteca, Johns Hopkins, Saint Agnes Hospital, the Fells Point Festival, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, among others. She received her B.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. 


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