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President and CEO

Meghann joined Create Birmingham in 2021. With over 13 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Meghann has excelled in developing community partnerships and building organizational capacity through program management, fundraising, and strategic planning. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Social Ventures at Per Scholas — a national organization focused on advancing economic equity through training traditionally underrepresented talent for high-growth tech careers. Meghann spent a decade as the Artistic Director and 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, Ballet Austin and attended Alabama School of Fine Arts where she studied dance. She holds an MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business and Master of Arts Administration from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.


Director of Programs

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.

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Director of Development

Meg has twenty years of experience with arts and culture nonprofits, specializing in fundraising, grantmaking, and public relations. Prior to 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.


Director of Communications

Tonia joined Create in 2018 and has been working in the creative sector for fifteen years. In Nashville, she served as Events Director & Sales Consultant at TAG Gallery and as Gallery Director & Curator at the Rymer Gallery. After returning to Birmingham, she produced digital and print marketing initiatives for Leighton Digital, while also working as an interior designer and a contributing stylist and writer for local publications. Tonia utilizes her unique skillset to effectively promote not only the work of Create Birmingham, but also the work of the talented artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations that make up our thriving creative community.


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.