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

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.

Josh Kohn

Performance Director

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

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.

Laura Stokes

Operations and Rentals Manager

As Operations and Rentals Manager at the Creative Alliance, Laura is responsible for oversight of CA’s house staff as well as facility rental. Want to have a party or show at the Patterson? Call Laura!

Maria Gabriela Aldana

Education Director

Maria Aldana is the Education Director for the Creative Alliance. A native Nicaraguan refugee, Maria has been recognized by US Senator Barbara Mikulski for her excellent Hispanic Heritage Month programming, including production of the documentary “De Donde Sean,” telling the stories of undocumented immigrants residing in Baltimore.

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