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Libby Ellis

Principal, New York

Libby runs AEA and has almost two decades of experience in strategy and planning for the creative sector. Since joining AEA in 2003, she has specialized in strategic, business and capital project planning for a range of public and private sector clients and has led projects in 14 countries around the world. She has delivered a range of assignments for clients including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Frick Collection, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Barangaroo Delivery Authority (Sydney), Henderson Land Development (Hong Kong), Lai Sun Holdings (Hong Kong), PETRONAS (Kuala Lumpur), the James Irvine Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Philadelphia Investment and Development Corporation, and many others.

Libby has a particular interest in issues related to the intersection between commercial and not-for-profit culture, creative district planning, and the financial aspects of the arts and creative industries. She received her B.A. in art history from the Honors College at Kent State University and did her graduate work in art history and comparative literature at Indiana University. Prior to joining AEA, Libby worked as an independent arts consultant and began her career in development at MOCA Cleveland and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Libby serves on the Board of SculptureCenter in New York City.