Holly is a strategic thinker, program developer and fundraiser with three decades of experience leading and developing nonprofit cultural and philanthropic organizations. Prior to launching Helicon in 2007, Holly was the founding president of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year initiative to expand support for creative artists and guided the research and fundraising that undergirds it. Prior to that, Holly was program director for arts, parks and adult literacy at the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund; interim director of arts and culture at the Ford Foundation and The Howard Gilman Foundation; executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts and associate director of the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. She holds a B.A. in American history and literature from Mount Holyoke College and a Management Certificate from Columbia University.
Marcy is a management consultant with 20 years of experience working with nonprofit cultural organizations and foundations on strategy, program development and assessment. Prior to joining Helicon, Marcy was program director for the arts at the James Irvine Foundation. There she commissioned groundbreaking research on cultural engagement and initiated innovative programs to boost cultural participation. Prior to that, Marcy worked with the TCC Group, where she developed and managed the Knight Foundation's Community Partners in the Arts Access Program, among other large-scale projects. Marcy managed the Ford Foundation's $40 million New Directions/New Donors for the Arts program, and held positions at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds a B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. from Brown University.
Alexis is a cultural anthropologist with a passion for how communities and people transform and change. She has worked as a consultant in the cultural sector since 2004, specializing in organizational development, applied research and strategy. She applies influences from a diverse range of fields to her work including physics, psychology, acupuncture, ecology, tai chi, and design. She is on the Board of Directors of High Concept Laboratories. Prior to joining Helicon, Alexis worked at AEA Consulting on cultural policy, strategic planning and market research. While there, she co-authored Critical Issues Facing the Arts in California for the James Irvine Foundation. She has written about technology, funding, cultural participation and other trends affecting the cultural sector in several publications. Before AEA, Alexis worked at New York's Center for an Urban Future, where she contributed to a comprehensive study of the creative sector, Creative New York. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Princeton.