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Elizabeth (Libby) Ellis


Libby has over 20 years of experience in strategy and planning for the cultural sector. As co-owner and director, Libby is part of the leadership team that directs AEA’s corporate strategy and practice. Since joining AEA in 2003, Libby has specialized in strategic, business and facilities planning, and has delivered over 180 assignments for public and private sector clients in 14 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Recent projects have included a creative placemaking assessment for the City of Laguna Beach, business planning for the expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, museum planning for Galeri Petronas, and a facilities strategy for the American Academy in Rome.

Libby 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, she 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.

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