Karen Finn is the Executive Director of the Springfield Cultural Partnership. In her current role, she works to advance the SCP’s mission of sustaining strong and secure arts and cultural environment in Springfield. She has been an entrepreneur and business owner as well as held positions with higher education and the federal government. She has experience in community service, advocacy, and program management. Karen also holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree and is a recipient of the prestigious U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship. She relocated to the Springfield MA area in 2018 with her husband, two sons, and Bernese Mountain Dog. She and her family enjoy partaking in cultural events, water & snow skiing, and traveling.

Sommers Smith has reached a year as the Cultural Program Coordinator for SCP! She is a graduate of the University of New Haven with her B.A Communications – Public Relations. She has been able to apply her learning experiences to marketing and coordinating events, programs, and projects. Her passion for writing & creating valuable media content, allows her to challenge the bounds of how to best elevate the partnership and community creatives. She can be described as a movie lover & enjoys trying new food.

Marla Shelasky is part of the SCP’s Creative Leaders Program team. She uses her own experience as a working artist, and her background in program management, communications and audience research, to help the team stay focused on goals, mentor participants, develop surveys and analyze data. Marla also works as the Communications Coordinator for Make-It Springfield and started Artists of Springfield MA, an effort to raise the visibility of Springfield artists to the rest of the region through social media and exhibits. She is an alumna of Leadership Pioneer Valley and holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Textiles but credits what she learns from talking with other artists as her most valuable inspiration. Marla relaxes by taking long walks and hikes and spending time making her artwork.

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