Team

 

Liz Powers
Co-Founder, Chief Happiness Spreader
 
As Chief Happiness Spreader, Liz is ArtLifting’s heart and soul. Liz is a serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. In 2010, Liz was awarded the "Unsung Heroine Award" in the Massachusetts State House for founding art collectives and the LIFT Bike Project. Liz has an AB, cum laude, in Sociology from Harvard College and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh.
 
Liz founded ArtLifting in November of 2013 along with her brother Spencer Powers.  After securing a grant post-graduation from Harvard, Liz spent a year establishing art groups in homeless shelters throughout the Boston area. Liz was immediately struck by the incredible talent that she saw and wanted to share these creations with the world. She realized that art could be a transformational path to financial stability for these artists and countless others nationwide; they just needed a digital marketplace to connect with a larger audience.  
 
liz@artlifting.com
 
Christina Bailey
Chief Growth Officer
 
Christina Bailey’s main objective is to share ArtLifting artists’ artwork with the world. She is the head of ArtLifting’s corporate sales, licensing agreements, channel partnerships, and overall sales strategies. Christina is a mission and outcome driven professional, and at ArtLifting her mission is to get your artwork sold and placed on the walls and products of companies across the country.
 
Prior to ArtLifting, Christina spent 10 years driving marketing and sales efforts for Fortune 15 and early-stage healthcare technology companies. She served as the first Executive Director for the Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure where she led strategic planning and organizational development. She created significant impact through increased fundraising and public policy efforts.
 
Christina obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from the University of Kansas. She has been personally inspired by the artwork of her sister who lives with a disability, as well as by the friends and strangers who have come into her life over time. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the amazing art at ArtLifting with the world and spread some joy in the process!
 
christina@artlifting.com
   
Elliott Taylor
Artist Program Manager & Art Advisor 
 
Elliott is based out of Santa Cruz, CA and maintains the west coast art collection as well as artist and community partnerships on the west coast.  Elliott works hard to maintain high standards of professional presentation for all artists with ArtLifting, manages the artist application process, and the curation team.  
 
Elliott also works as a professional artist, photographer, and art instructor. Elliott holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz in Art and History of Art and Visual Culture. His art practice aims to bring increased awareness around social justice issues, often through collaborative projects with various communities. Before joining ArtLifting, he worked as an art instructor and studio manager at The Claraty Arts Project in Santa Cruz, an arts program, studio and gallery that supports and advances the development of a new, positive, collective identity for developmentally disabled adults via arts education, training, and creative expression.
 
elliott@artlifting.com
 
Verica Jokanovic
Operations Manager
 
Verica helps ArtLifting run on a daily basis.  She works to maintain all of the administrative aspects in relation to the artist onboarding process, signing in new artwork, digital collection support, artist payments, as well as managing original artwork collection in Boston. In addition, Verica helps with client administration and coordinates fulfillment and installations. 
 
Verica is a recent graduate from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.A. in Art History and Spanish language. Additionally, Verica holds Bachelor Diploma in Maritime Management from Maritime Faculty of Kotor, Montenegro. During her studies at UMass Lowell, she focused on modern and contemporary art which promoted her enthusiasm in working with living artists.
 
verica@artlifting.com
 
Addi Spearman 
Business Development & Marketing Associate 
 
As the PR Associate, Addi Spearman manages ArtLifitng’s social media presence and public relations efforts. Addi works with various media outlets, such as television, newspaper, and magazines to create press opportunities to feature ArtLifting artists, their artwork, successes. In addition, Addi works closely with the business development team to create new leads and increased sales opportunities for artists. You may hear from Addi about media opportunities and social media features.
 
Addi graduated in 2016 from College of Charleston with a double major in English and Art History. Prior to joining Art Lifting, she worked for as the Social Media and Marketing manager for Andy Paige Style, Inc. as well as co-founding Pop-Up Charleston in South Carolina.  
 
addi@artlifting.com
 
Sarala Kasbe
Business Development & Operations Associate 
 
As the Marketing Associate at ArtLifting, Sarala assists the Business Development team through networking and outreach to companies around the country. She supports the sales team by managing lead generation and email campaigns that benefit and increase new opportunities to further expand ArtLifting’s mission nationwide.
 
Sarala is a 2015 graduate from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with a major in Interpersonal Communication. Prior to ArtLifting, she worked in fundraising at Meredith College and lead both digital and field marketing at Tamr in Cambridge, MA. Sarala values the dual roles of empowerment that ArtLifting provides in first and foremost highlighting the talent by artists and second by providing a marketplace for consumers to purchase artwork that directly supports local and national artist communities.
 
sarala@artlifting.com
 
Spencer Powers
Co-Founder, Board Member
 
Seeing the great potential that a business like ArtLifting could have for social good and delighting customers, Spencer teamed up with his sister, Liz, to create ArtLifting. Spencer holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
 


Frank Moss
Board Member
 
While director of the MIT Media Lab, Frank developed a passion for the power of creativity and technology to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. In ArtLifting, Frank has found a social enterprise that truly embodies this principle. He has had a 35-year career as a high-tech, biotech, and health-tech entrepreneur and enjoys pen-and-ink drawing in his spare time. Frank holds a BSE from Princeton and MS and Ph.D. from MIT.


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