Ra Joy, Executive Director
"I have more than 15 years experience as an advocate, community organizer, and coalition builder. As executive director, I set and implement the organization's strategic goals, manage its operations, and serve as a principal spokesperson. Prior to joining Arts Alliance Illinois, I served as a top aide to U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky. In 2011, I was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as a member of the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council, and in 2013, I was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to launch the State of Illinois' Creative Economy Initiative." Ra Joy     |     312.855.3105 x14     |     Twitter @ ra_joy

Eva Silverman, Associate Director
"I help grow and engage the Alliance's membership while overseeing events like the One State Together in the Arts conference and our annual fundraiser. Before joining the Alliance, I spent nearly 20 years supporting Chicago's arts community through collaborative programming initiatives. I am a board member of Blair Thomas & Company, a contemporary puppet theater company." Eva Silverman     |     312.855.3105 x13

Contact me about:
  • Membership opportunities
  • Fundraising events
  • The One State Together in the Arts conference
  • The Local Arts Network

Jackie Banks-Mahlum, Membership and Development Associate

"I assist in the development, membership, and general operations of Arts Alliance Illinois. I received my B.S. from Bradley University in theatre production and business management and my M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in producing." Jackie Banks-Mahlum     |     312.855.3105 x15

Contact me about:
  • Membership opportunities
  • Donor opportunities
  • Upcoming events, including fundraisers
  • Foundation support and partnerships
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • The Arts & Education Exchange

Jonathan VanderBrug, Policy and Research Director
"In directing the Alliance's policy initiatives, I build coalitions, manage advocacy campaigns, and analyze and message the data needed to influence policy decisions at the local, state, and federal levels. I have over 15 years of diverse experience in policy and advocacy. I received my B.A. in English Literature from Calvin College and my M.N.A from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management."     |     312.855.3105 x12

Contact me about:
  • Research on the arts and culture
  • The latest policy developments
  • Advocacy opportunities and resources

Julie Griffin, Operations and HR Director
"I handle all back-office operations and HR activities at Arts Alliance Illinois. I was a freelance musician in the Chicago area for 25 years and have worked in administrative positions with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Elgin Symphony." Julie Griffin     |     312.855.3105 x16

Contact me about:
  • Bill or payment information
  • Publication sales
  • Internships
  • Job openings
  • Other related office and staffing inquiries

Kennon Reinard, Communications Director
"I direct the Alliance’s communications, online presence, and media relations. I have 12 years of experience promoting, supporting, and advancing Chicago's creative and cultural initiatives. I received my B.A. in Art History from University of Illinois at Chicago and currently serve on the board of the Yoruba Arts Foundation."
Kennon Reinard     |     312.855.3105 x11

Contact me about:

  • Our emails, website, and social media
  • Press inquiries