The Folks Behind the Scenes


Emily Appelbaum
Executive Artistic Director

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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.

Operations Manager

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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 Operations and Sustainability Manager- helping to grow Ingenuity's programming, Ingeneers and annual festival.

In her free time she enjoys kayaking and exploring the outdoors.

Program Manager


Kierra is a Cleveland Native with a Degree in Social Work. She enjoys creative writing and attending local arts events for leisure. In 2016, Kierra began her own performance arts platform, Temple of Passions, to provide a safe space and more visibility for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists.

Kierra has 9 years of combined experience in community organizing and outreach and has joined Ingenuity in 2022 as Program Manager.

Marketing & Development Manager

Emma Morris

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.

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Bringing Time, Talent, & Treasure


Executive Committee

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Dominion Energy

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Vice President

kristen hoover

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal, & Liffman Co., LPA

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john paximadis

Blackwing Holdings

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Brett Altier
Ulmer & Berne

Robert Elmore
Key Bank

Hui Feng
Progressive Insurance

Cena Hilliard
Case Western Reserve University

Jen Holland
Reaching Heights

Holly Little

Dalindyebo Shabalala
University of Dayton

Nigamanth Sridar
Cleveland State University

Lisa Vinciquerra
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Emeritus Board

James DeRosa
Commissioner of Real Estate, City of Cleveland

Doug Hoffman
Principal, Weber Murphy Fox

Joe Marinucci
President & CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Grafton Nunes
President, Cleveland Institute of Art

Tony Sias
President & CEO, Karamu House

David Tabor
Director of Gas Operations, Dominion Energy

Deborah Wilcox
Partner, BakerHostetler, LLC