OUR TEAM

The Alliance Staff

Dr. Mónica Félix

Dr. Mónica Félix

Executive Director

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Mónica Félix has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago with specializations in German and Russian literature and a B.A. in German and Linguistics from Lawrence University. She began her career in public humanities with her role as the Museum Director of the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center in Chicago. To support new programming for diverse audiences, she formed partnerships with fellow Alliance organizations to plan an International Game Night, secured funding for genealogy resources, and greatly expanded the museum internship program to draw students from across Chicagoland.

Her nonprofit leadership experience continued when she stepped into the role of Chief Administrative Officer of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), the principal learned society in the United States for scholars whose work involves several literatures and cultures. As the ACLA’s first CAO, she oversaw multi-year planning of the organization’s 3,000-attendee annual meeting, implemented strategic planning, founded a development committee, established a new digital infrastructure, and overhauled the membership management structure.

With the Alliance’s dedicated Board of Directors and staff, she is helping to bring about the next generation of professional development programs, knowledge exchanges between centers, and impactful programming.

Sarah Cameron

Sarah Cameron

Programs Manager

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Sarah has a B.A. in Art History and Architectural Studies from the University of Toronto and has done some graduate coursework at the University of Glasgow in Dress and Textile studies. She has professional experience in retail management, education and arts administration, museum and gallery exhibitions, and event coordination and is bringing her skills and knowledge to the Alliance to help promote and facilitate cross-cultural programming in Chicago. Sarah is originally from Canada and has moved around multiple cities across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom before calling Chicago home.

Abby Foss

Abby Foss

Collaborative Programs Coordinator

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Abby is a recent M.A. graduate in Museum & Exhibition studies with a background in Arts Management and Art History. She’s moved around a lot, but grew up in the Bay Area and so considers herself from California.

Marie Rowley

Marie Rowley

Marketing and Communications Manager

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Marie has experience in marketing in the cultural tourism industry in Chicago, and an M.A. in History with a focus on Public History. She also completed doctoral coursework in the Work, Race and Gender in the Urban World program in the History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and courses in Museum Studies. She’s originally from Las Vegas.