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Executive Leadership

2019 Kintner, Alecia

Alecia Townsend Kintner, President & CEO. Alecia Kintner was recruited to join ArtsWave in Cincinnati in 2013 and in September 2014 became Chief Executive Officer, a role she feels she’s been preparing for her whole life. Prior to relocating to Cincinnati from the Northeast, she served as Deputy Director of the Greater Hartford Arts Council for a decade, doubling the size of the annual community arts campaign and helping to consolidate the functions of the city’s downtown business council and beautification programs into the Arts Council in order to maximize civic resources and leverage community assets. Alecia’s other professional experiences include as Vice President for Advancement at the Connecticut Science Center; Development Director at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop; and as dance writer for The Moscow Times in Russia.

In 2007, Alecia and her husband, Michael Kintner, took time off to live out a lifelong fantasy — giving up careers, home and health insurance to move to the Caribbean island of Roatan for three years with their infant twins. There, Alecia built a development program from the ground-up for Clinica Esperanza.

Alecia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Journalism emphasizing dance history, and an MBA, from schools in her native Southern California. She currently serves as the chair of the Private Sector Network Council for Americans for the Arts.

2019 Kennedy, Kate

Kate Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer. Kate Kennedy leads the operational and technology teams and works closely with the CEO to ensure that ArtsWave fosters a more vibrant economy and connected community. A seasoned fundraiser, Kate joined ArtsWave in 2012 and has held the roles of senior director, director and manager with a focus on multiple areas, including philanthropy, business analytics, individual and leadership giving and campaign management. Prior to ArtsWave, Kate was a Senior Associate for Major Gifts and Leadership Giving at United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Manager of Development Operations for the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and Assistant Director of Development for the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Kate earned double bachelor’s degrees in Spanish language and arts administration with an emphasis in music from Butler University in Indianapolis. She is also a graduate of the Center of Philanthropy having completed her master’s in philanthropic studies. She is a member of WE Lead class 9 and the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council.

Kate lives in Anderson Township with her husband Michael and son Nathan.