Executive & Artistic Director
A Cincinnati transplant with local roots, Marie was born and raised in Indianapolis by interfaith parents (Italian Catholic and Ashkenazi/Sephardi Jewish) with her younger brother and sister. Extroverted and extracurricularly-inclined, Marie participated in various Jewish programs while balancing other school & community-based clubs, performing arts, and sports activities. Marie attended Ohio Wesleyan University graduating with a dual degree BFA in Painting, BA in Psychology, and a minor in Music. Marie met her husband while at OWU and followed him to Cincinnati after graduation... and has been in love with Cincinnati ever since.
Professionally, Marie brings a proven track record of success in the arts and community engagement. She began her career at ArtWorks, building an expertise in cross-departmental organizational management, marketing & development, administration and programming. With her feet firmly planted in the Cincinnati arts and Jewish communities, Marie was looking for opportunities to bring these two worlds together. After connecting with local artists, mentors, and long-time friend and then ArtWorks colleague, Rachel Rothstein, who was also deeply interested in creating a platform for local Jewish artists to sell their wares (Rachel took a concept for a Jewish marketplace called Ish through ArtWorks' creative business development course!), ideas were exchanged, concepts were married, and ish Festival was born in 2016.
Marie has lent expertise and creativity across a variety of Cincinnati-based organizations and programs including serving on the founding cohort of BLINK, and has held leadership positions in other community organizations including the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Congregation Beth Adam, MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, and the University of Cincinnati’s Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.
Marie is Mom to two sons, a dog, two cats, and two snakes.
Director Communications & Brand
Meet Lauren - a seasoned professional with a vibrant journey that skillfully blends her marketing and storytelling prowess with an ardent love for Cincinnati's rich tapestry.
When she's not fully immersed in the realm of marketing and communications, you can discoverer exploring the dynamic Cincinnati scene. With an insatiable appetite for savoring the city's diverse culinary and social offerings, she gains invaluable insights and inspiration to infuse into her storytelling approach.
With an impressive track record of launching captivating campaigns for both local Cincinnati gems and national industry giants, she's driven by making meaningful connections. Her passion for crafting compelling narratives powers both her professional endeavors and her exploration of the hidden treasures that Cincinnati has to offer.
Director of Youth Programs
Adam Hayden is all about bringing people together with a desire to facilitate friendships. Born to a large Catholic family in Evansville, IN, Adam quickly noticed his favorite part of any religious ceremony was when people were able to talk and mingle. Adam was also enthralled by Hip-Hop music and culture at a young age and developed an affinity for community particularly grounded in social justice and music. After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism, he continued to explore music and community. He independently booked four music tours that took him all across the United States, meeting all kinds of interesting and beautiful people. In the midst of these tours he left his first stable job and a life in the suburbs to live in an intentional community in a crumbling Cincinnati neighborhood. Around the same time, he met the love of his life and got married. Together, they have 2 kids and no pets. Although they tried a dog a few times, it just wasn't for them. Maybe they will explore a pet cat someday. When they are not enjoying their home in College Hill, they love to travel and be with family.
Through all of Adam's travels and relationships he has come to realize two closely held beliefs: It is good to love others and it is good to be loved.