Meet our 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.
Alyssa joined Ingenuity as their Managing Director in 2019, coming to the organization with over a decade of operations and event leadership experience. Prior to joining Ingenuity, she led the business performance for the Americas division at a global conference production company which produced 30+ events in North and South America. Her experience includes designing and producing events, overall budget management, and leading a diverse team of event professionals towards achieving financial growth. As Managing Director for Ingenuity, Alyssa is charged with managing general operations and revenue-generating efforts including individual and corporate giving, planned giving, sponsorships, event rentals, memberships, our IngenuityLabs incubator program, and many facets of the Ignite! program.
In 2016, she was named Corporate Event Planner Rising Star of the year by Cleveland Business Connects Magazine. Alyssa is a Cleveland native, and a graduate of Notre Dame College, and owner of Experience Events. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, gardening and playing with her backyard flock of chickens.
Hannah earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from Baldwin Wallace University and brings a passion for working on events that allow arts and culture to reach the widest possible audience. While at BW, Hannah worked for the nationally-recognized BW Music Theater program as the Producer of their New York showcase. She has also served as Arts Administration Intern at Beck Center for the Arts, Marketing and Program Coordination Intern at The Musical Theater Project, and Education/Audience Engagement Intern at Great Lakes Theater.
Outside of the office, Hannah loves attending other local arts events, cheering on Cleveland's sports teams, trying out new Cleveland restaurants & breweries, and soaking up the sun at beautiful Cleveland parks.
Ingenuity Board of Directors
Lisa Curll, Dominion Energy
Kristen Hoover, McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA
John Paximadis, Blackwing Holdings
Melissa Jogan, CBIZ
Ulmer & Berne
Case Western Reserve University
University of Dayton
Cleveland State University
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Emeritus Board Members
Commissioner of Real Estate, City of Cleveland
Principal, Weber Murphy Fox
President & CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance
President, Cleveland Institute of Art
President & CEO, Karamu House
Director of Gas Operations, Dominion Energy
Partner, BakerHostetler, LLC
In 2004, James Levin envisioned an art and music festival that would take place in downtown Cleveland, celebrating the creativity of Northeast Ohio. He contacted his friend Thomas Mulready (Director of the Performance Art Festival that Mulready founded in the late 1980s at Levin’s Cleveland Public Theatre) to partner with him on “Ingenuity.”
Their intent was to create an event that would not only showcase this area’s vibrant art and music community, but would also draw focus to downtown Cleveland. Following the good advice of Tom Schorgl, President of the Community Partnership of Arts and Culture (“You need more than art and music to bring tourism here… you need to create a more distinct event.”), and building on Mulready’s background in technology, the Founders decided to expand the aperture of the vision to include tech projects. They created “Ingenuity, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology.”
Mulready continues to champion Cleveland’s cultural and entrepreneurial scene through his online network, CoolCleveland.com; Levin has gone on to found the Fire Fish Festival in Lorain, Ohio, and continues to work toward public access on the Detroit Superior bridge through Cleveland Bridge Project Inc.