Jennifer is an accomplished management professional with 20 years experience leading arts organizations, programs & initiatives, & producing the work of outstanding contemporary artists working in all mediums. She relocated from Australia to the US in August 2012 and is currently serving on the board of On the Boards.
From 2009 – 2012 Jennifer was Director & CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Australia’s leading organization for contemporary arts & community engagement. Under Jennifer’s leadership FCAC was transformed, undergoing a major capital redevelopment and introducing a diverse curatorial framework built on the principles of access & diversity, including the initiation of an Indigenous Cultural Program.
As the Founder & Director of Keep Breathing (2002-2009) she worked with a wide range of artists of all artistic disciplines to manage, produce, promote & tour contemporary performance works, divergent media, web-based documentary works, festivals, events, and industry development, outreach & education programs.
In addition to her roles as a producer and manager, Jennifer has extensive experience as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for the arts & cultural sector. In this capacity, she has worked with some of Australia’s most prestigious arts organizations. She has served on numerous industry Boards and Committees and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Anne Blackburn joined Shunpike in December 2012 and became the Storefronts Manager in July 2013. An installation artist, independent curator and arts administrator, Anne delights in collaborating with artists, creating installations in natural and built landscapes, and living on the advancing margins of culture, where the life is.
A resident of Seattle for 15 years, Anne has been involved with Pratt Fine Arts Center, 911 Media, Washington Ensemble Theatre, co-founded Canoe Social Club, and curated the Lo Fi festival at Smoke Farm. She holds a degree in Arts, Culture, and Narrative from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands.
Casey Engels joined Shunpike as its Arts Business Clinic Manager in February of 2013. Her past work dovetails art and civic engagement practices, with a natural instinct towards organizational and systems development. Her time with the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, as well as work with independent artists and collaboratives, is a great foundation for her role.
Having started on the East Coast, she graduated with a degree in Art and Art Therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. She circumnavigated the globe for over a year volunteering on small farms and researching international community arts practices. Now settled in Seattle, Casey looks to share the giddy satisfaction and momentum that comes with being the best creative sherpa she can be.
Rachel Painting joined Shunpike in March 2011. Rachel is a self-proclaimed nonprofit nerd and lover of all forms of art. She brings over a decade of experience working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations. She’s been involved with a wide variety of arts groups and helped found a still-active 501(c)(3) arts organization in Austin, TX.
Rachel is a graduate of Seattle University’s Executive Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program, where she focused on capacity and community building within small organizations.
Kellen Braddock joined Shunpike in June 2012. She has recently received her MFA in Arts Leadership through Seattle University, matching her interest in creative business and nonprofit work.
Kellen enjoys writing poetry and pursuing mixed media projects with artists of all kinds. She is also on the leadership team for APRIL, ‘Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature,’ Seattle’s small press and independent literature festival.