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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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