Marian Brown
Founding Executive Director

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

Marian oversees the design and function of ACI's programming and execution, and is responsible for pioneering funding efforts while maintaining and propelling ACI's collaborative vision. Prior to founding ACI Marian was the recipient of a Global Health Corps Fellowship to work at the Art and Global Health Center in Malawi, Africa, promoting HIV/AIDS education and advocacy through the arts. She also worked as the Associate Director for ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's, where she led and managed 100 days of programming in the Boston metropolitan community for people living with dementia and their care partners. Throughout her education and work experience Marian has continued to work as a professional artist and her current studio investigation surrounds creating handmade paper out of recycled clothing for community building and catharsis (artist website). Marian is a PhD candidate at the School for Global Inclusion & Social Development at UMass Boston, having previously earned her EdM from The Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her BA from Colorado College.

Reach Marian via: marian@artsconnectinternational.org 

Jennifer Bailey
Board Member

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Photo: provided by Jennifer Bailey

Jennifer enjoys exploring the creative outcomes which occur through the fusion and synthesis of diverse cultures, mindsets and ideas. Her areas of interest include operations management, entrepreneurship and innovation management, and her research explores how organizations generate and implement creative solutions and examines effective strategies for maximizing the likelihood of generating innovation breakthroughs, while managing the risks associated with innovation. Jennifer believes in a three-pronged teaching and learning philosophy, which revolves around developing students as creative problem-solvers, cross-functional pollinators and experiential learners. As a professor at Babson College, she teaches the Integrated Product Design course, which is a three college collaborative course co-taught by business/engineering/design faculty from Babson College, Olin College of Engineering and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Jennifer holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Operations Management from the Scheller School of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

David Brown
Founding Board Member

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Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

David catalyzes ACI's development by soliciting feedback pertaining to the execution of business practices, partnerships, business processes, and financial planning. David is currently working on a startup in recon mode, having formerly held positions including: Vice President of Innovation Leadership at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Director of Strategic Partnerships at ZappRx, and Executive Director of TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good). He has held various roles domestically, and abroad, in both the social and tech sectors. David received his MBA from Babson College, and his BA from Williams College.

Shreyas Navare
Board Member

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Photo: provided by Shreyas Navare

Shreyas is supporting ACI’s growth strategy for maximizing the impact of artist leaders on global communities. He is the Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Toonanza and freelances as Editorial Cartoonist for the Hindustan Times. He is a published author of two books titled The Politickle Pickle Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 with HarperCollins. On behalf of the Hindustan Times, Shreyas has traveled widely in India and the United States to cover elections through the eyes of a cartoonist. His cartoons, which regularly comment on political, economic and social issues, have been exhibited at several prestigious venues in India, the United States and Thailand. Shreyas was a Harvard University Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, earned his MBA from the IIT Bombay - Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management and his BE from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute. 

Jennifer Bartecchi
Senior Programs Consultant (Founding Board Member)

Photo: Candace Walker

Photo: Candace Walker

Jennifer focuses on visionary execution and programmatic refinement in her role with ACI, serving as a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) specialist. Jennifer is a Speech-Language Pathologist serving children with severe-to-profound cognitive and medical needs in the Randolph Public Schools system. She coordinates and executes in-depth interdisciplinary assessments for non-speaking populations. Through her work, Jennifer has been able to connect underserved and low SES families to their communities, and has effectively empowered her clients with knowledge and skills to self-advocate for their family and individual needs. Jennifer earned her EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her MS at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions, and her BA at Bridgewater State College.

Kimberly Curhan
Graphics and Media Consultant 2014 - Current

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Photo: Candace Walker

Kim provides support for the meaningful curation of media content and artwork. She works to combine her interest in the relationship between art and audience with creative marketing strategies and social media. She has experience with marketing and client relationships in gallery spaces and currently works at Boston Art Inc. Kim received her BA with Honors from Boston University in the History of Art and Architecture and Arts Leadership. 

Jingqiu Guan
Management Consultant 2015 - Current

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Photo: provided by Jingqiu Guan

Jingqiu provides support for ACI in various areas, such as artist selection and fundraising, serving as our California connection. She is passionate about using art to effect sustainable social change and is continuously exploring best practices. Jingqiu is the Co-founder of Creative Capacities International, an educational organization that uses various forms of art to teach critical thinking and creativity. Jingqiu is a PhD candidate in World Arts & Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles, having previously earned an EdM in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, and a BA in Economics and French from Saint Mary's College

Hanako Brais
Summer Intern 2015 - Current

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

Hanako joined ACI as a Summer Intern, bringing her creativity, passion for the arts, and dedication to social awareness. Hanako is currently pursuing her B.A. at Connecticut College in Anthropology and Dance, expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018. Through her studies and her involvement in her school art community, she has developed the belief that art can be utilized as a catalyst for dialogue to work toward social equity.