Patricia Wilson Aden

President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Patricia Wilson Aden works with the Cultural Alliance team as President & CEO.  Before joining the Cultural Alliance team Patty held leadership positions at several cultural organizations, including the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  Most recently Patty served as the President & CEO of The Blues Foundation based in Memphis, Tennessee. Patty holds a BA in History from Spelman College and a MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.  

Ex Officio

Jamie J. Brunson

Executive Director, First Person Arts

Jamie J. Brunson is the executive director of First Person Arts and producer, host and co-writer of the monthly radio hour on WHYY, Commonspace.  She is also member of the strategic planning committee for the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disABILITY Services’ Engaging Males of Color Initiative.  Over the past 25 years, she has fused a business acumen that combines not-for-profit leadership experience with the insights of a practicing artist within different spheres of the arts and cultural community.  Her administrative resume includes senior management positions at not-for-profits including: New Freedom Theatre, the Providence Black Repertory Company and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  She is also a performing storyteller, memoirist, published poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies; four-time NEA grantee for playwriting and an award-winning playwright who was named a “New Voice in American Theatre” by the Edward Albee Theatre Conference. Her plays have been produced across the country from New York to Alaska.  Her community service includes a Mayoral appointment to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund Board of Directors where she was vice-chair; board memberships on the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s Groundswell, First Person Arts, Inc, (Board Member Ex Officio), Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts and Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. She has also served as a peer panelist for:  Delaware Division of the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Connecticut Council on Arts & Tourism.  Ms. Brunson holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-Television-Film from Temple University. She thanks God for the ability to serve the community.


Cecelia Fitzgibbon

Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President, Moore College of Art & Design

Cecelia Fitzgibbon is the eighth president of Moore College of Art & Design.  Prior to coming to Moore, she spent 16 years as a professor, director and department head of Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Arts & Entertainment Enterprise programs.  As a professor in that program, she focused her research on leadership and transition in the cultural ecosystem.   Serving as department head for Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, she implemented a cutting-edge curriculum, directed revenue-generating academic enterprises and advised the dean on matters related to curriculum development and educational policy.

From 1993 to 1994, President Fitzgibbon directed policy planning, program design, fundraising, communications and organizational development as executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts.   She also spent eight years as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, where she led a $21.5 million arts stabilization project and the creation of the state’s first economic impact study model.  President Fitzgibbon serves as executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.  She has been a speaker nationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the arts and cultural policy. In 2011, she was named one of the region’s top Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.

Fitzgibbon grew up outside of Philadelphia (both of her parents were from the City) but when she was a sophomore in high school the family moved to southeastern Massachusetts outside of Providence.  She is the first in her family to graduate from college.  Her father was a pressman at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Providence Journal, her mother was a secretary at Texas Instruments and ended her career there as the OSHA coordinator for the Attleboro, Ma, facility.  Cecelia is the oldest of four.

Fitzgibbon has two sons, Stuart, 30, who graduated from Drexel and University of Virginia and is an Investment Director at Cambridge Associates in Boston and Ross, who graduated from Bard College and works in Philadelphia at Helios Media as a brand designer and social media coordinator. She has been married to artist, Scott Cameron for 35 years.  Her hobbies are writing poetry, cooking and entertaining, traveling and reading.


Catherine M. Cahill

President & CEO, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Catherine Cahill is President & CEO of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park, where she is responsible for overall vision, leadership and management of an 18-acre campus and a $10 million operating budget. Under Cathy’s leadership, the Mann has expanded artistic programs to include new works and commissioning projects; created non-traditional artist pairings; extended the Mann’s longstanding and eclectic presenting history; refocused education programs; and reignited community engagement activities to include family-oriented events. Prior to the Mann, she was the CEO of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, where she was responsible for long-range planning and oversight of day-to-day affairs, including artistic, fundraising, marketing, finance, education and community engagement activities. Prior to that she served as the Executive Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the General Manager of the New York Philharmonic, the Director of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago and the Associate Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She has a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Temple University and an MS in arts administration from Drexel University.