The Folks Behind the Scenes
MEET THE INGENUITY TEAM
Executive Artistic Director
Emily joined Ingenuity in 2015, after returning to Cleveland from the Bay Area where she helped make places awesome through collaborative design, large-scale public art, earthshaking events, and outreach to underserved communities.
She has a degree in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale, and she has a passion for creative place-making through artist involvement. She serves as Art Director for Brite Cleveland, and worked previously with LAND studio, City Architecture and Westlake Reed Leskosky (Cleveland); and (in San Francisco) American Steel Studios, the Box Shop and the late, great San Francisco Bay Guardian. She has been instrumental in visioning and bringing the Hamilton Collaborative to life.
Hailing from the TRUE mistake on the lake known as Toledo, Mariah relocated to Cleveland in 2015 to pursue a career in Cleveland's film production industry. Falling in love with the city, and out of love in the film industry, she stumbled upon live events which lead to a bustling career as an event manager and the Festival Coordinator of Brite Winter since 2016. Working directly with Ingenuity Cleveland through Brite Winter ultimately opened the path for her current position as the Operations Manager at Ingenuity Cleveland.
When she's not wrangling artists at Ingenuity, Mariah is wrangling cats and dogs with her wonderfully chaotic zoo of family in Old Brooklyn, please politely ignore any animal hair on her clothes.
Marketing & Development Manager
Emma is a Chicago-area native turned Clevelander after graduating from Baldwin Wallace University in May 2022 with a B.A. in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. She joined Ingenuity in June 2022 with experience in marketing, social media strategy, and arts administration.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, Zumba, and spending time with her cats, Lemon, Larry, and Lady.
Programming & Sustainability Manager
Russa is a Cleveland native who has spent the last decade overseeing all kinds of events within our city! With a strong passion for inclusive spaces and community engagement Russa first came to Ingenuity in 2018 as a Volunteer Coordinator, her role has since grown to Programming and Sustainability Manager- helping to grow Ingenuity's programming, Ingeneers and annual festival.
In her free time she enjoys kayaking and exploring the outdoors.