CREATE BIRMINGHAM STAFF
President & CEO
With over thirteen years of nonprofit leadership experience, Meghann excels in developing community partnerships and building organizational capacity through program management, fundraising, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Create in 2021, she served as Vice President of Social Ventures at Per Scholas, a national organization advancing economic equity through training under-represented talent for high-growth tech careers. Meghann spent a decade as Artistic Director & Chief Operating Officer of the San Angelo Civic Ballet in San Angelo, Texas, where she was also a founding board member of the San Angelo Performing Arts Center. As a performing artist herself, Meghann was a dancer with the Alabama Ballet and Ballet Austin and studied dance at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She holds an MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business and a Master’s in Arts Administration from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.
Director of Programs & Operations
Jessica has worked in the nonprofit sector for twelve years, joining Create in 2011 after serving as the Customer Service Manager for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. She oversees the services Create offers in support of Birmingham’s rapidly growing creative industries, including our flagship programs CO.STARTERS, Film Birmingham, SpaceFinder, and Birmingham365. She serves as a valuable resource to visiting filmmakers and incoming productions and plays a critical role in mentoring local small businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition to weekly meetings with CO.STARTERS participants, she consults with graduates regularly to help them set actionable tasks and achievable goals and take full advantage of the spectrum of CO.STARTERS post-graduation support services.
MEG DANIEL NELSON
Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives
Meg has more than twenty years of experience with arts and culture nonprofits, specializing in fundraising, grantmaking, and public relations. Before joining Create in 2014, she held positions with organizations including the Jim Henson Foundation and ArtsConnection in New York City, the National Archives Foundation and Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and Red Mountain Theatre Company and the Alabama Humanities Foundation in her hometown of Birmingham. In addition to directing Create’s fundraising efforts, she advises nonprofits, artists, and social enterprises looking to enhance fundraising and marketing campaigns, initiate new programs and evaluate existing ones, build community partnerships, and strategize for sustainability.
Anthony joined Create Birmingham in November 2021, and as Programs Specialist, he plays a key role in program delivery, participant recruitment, and communications efforts. Anthony previously worked in the Mayor’s Office of Customer Service for two years through the Mayor’s Office VISTA Service Opportunity, offering resources and support to a wide variety of Birmingham residents. He is a 2019 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Distinction in Leadership Studies. During his time at BSC, he was a member of the Bonner Leader Program, the African-American Chair for the school’s Cross Cultural Committee, and a Summer VISTA volunteer with Alabama Possible.
Community Engagement Manager
Jacqui is a graduate of and facilitator for CO.STARTERS, with nine years of experience in the marketing industry. She joined the Create team in 2019 to assist our rapidly growing CO.STARTERS program by expanding our engagement with communities across the City of Birmingham. She also founded the One Degree MMM marketing firm five years ago, and uses her passion for small business development to provide consultation and marketing coaching to entrepreneurs, helping them make the most of the resources they have to reach their fullest potential.