Staff

EMILY REUSSWIG

Executive Director

Emily Reusswig is a nonprofit leader with over ten years experience in business strategy, philanthropy, and mission-based messaging for arts and cultural organizations. She joined the Chicago Cultural Alliance as Executive Director in early 2015, and has led the creation of a number of successful programs and initiatives, including Inherit Chicago, a citywide intercultural festival of art, ideas and performance that increases awareness of and engagement in regional cultural heritage centers. Previously, Emily worked as Development Director of the place-based spectacle company, Redmoon, and Executive Director of The Inconvenience, a multi-disciplinary arts syndicate. Emily’s work focuses on how arts and culture can create healthier, more equitable communities in Chicago, specifically centering on strategic collaboration and the activation of existing neighborhood spaces – whether in parks, cultural centers, or community spaces. When not engaged in this work, Emily enjoys volunteering for conservation organizations and fancying herself a very amateur arborist. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. 

PETER VEGA

Collaborative Programs Manager

Peter Vega is the Collaborative Programs Manager for the Chicago Cultural Alliance. Before working at the Alliance, Peter worked in various roles within the museum industry, including at Museum Hack, The Guggenheim Museum, the Intrepid Museum, the Jewish Museum, and more. His experience extends to visitor services, marketing, and education. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education from Manhattanville College and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from New York University.

ANDREW LEITH

Conservation and Collection Program Manager

Andrew is a fifth generation Chicagoan with an education and professional experience in historical archaeology and museum anthropology. He completed a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Texas at Austin and worked for nearly ten years in the Anthropology Collections Center at the Field Museum of Natural History. Andrew is interested in material culture, heritage studies, memory, and community engagement. His most recent work involves the study, interpretation, and preservation of ruins.

He joins us after completing research on grass roots preservation of the built environment at the Falmouth Heritage Renewal in Jamaica for US/ICOMOS. He is very excited to be a part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance team as Conservation and Collections Program Manager.

TERESITA AVILÉS BAILEY

Membership & Development Associate

Teresita Avilés Bailey is the Membership & Development Associate at the Chicago Cultural Alliance. Growing up in Nicaragua, Teresita speaks both English and Spanish fluently. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in History from Purdue University in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in May 2017. Prior to working at the Alliance, Teresita held positions at Adler Planetarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Kohl Children’s Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Zipporah Jarmon

Marketing Coordinator

Zipporah Jarmon is a the Marketing Coordinator at the Chicago Cultural Alliance. She is a  proud Chicagoan, raised primarily on the south side and south-suburbs of the city. With a lifelong love of art, she graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Zipporah founded her first company – Pyramid Seven – for which she created all branding and marketing materials with a focus on diversity and inclusion. She now collaborates with brands that amplify the voices of diverse communities through marketing and social media strategy. Zipporah is passionate about creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive world.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Zipporah also enjoys traveling, trying new recipes, and discovering new podcasts.

IVONNE ROMO

ArtCore Director of Finance and Operations

Ivonne Romo is a self-proclaimed lover of the arts, coming to ArtCore as a past member of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s Business Volunteers for the Arts program, where she served on a pro-bono consulting project to investigate potential revenue opportunities for ArtCore.

Ivonne was a guitarist in a Mexican mariachi band for half her life, and her work includes auditing future/options traders as a regulator, as an external auditor/public accountant for hedge funds with millions or billions in revenues, and as a public accountant/book-keeper for small to medium family owned businesses. Other experience she brings is gained either through volunteering on her church’s finance council for two years or via founding student groups in college where she reviewed and approved budgets, made recommendations, and raised questions about finances or efficiencies.