Meet Our Staff

Executive Director Headshot Margaret Collins

Margaret Collins, Founding Executive Director 

CCE was launched from the work Margaret directed at the Piedmont Triad Partnership based in Greensboro. She led the creative economy initiative between 2007-2011. Prior to her move to North Carolina, she worked in New York City as an Artist Manager and Senior Booking Representative for ICM Artists. Her work entailed booking concert engagements for the ICMA roster throughout the Southeast, managing soloists and attractions. Other positions held in NYC include Shaw Concerts, Vice President, and Frank Salomon Associates, Artist Manager.  

Collins has been named a Triad Power Player by the Triad Business Journal and serves on the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission. Nationally, she is a co-founder of the Creative Economy Coalition. Originally from Shelby, NC, Collins attended Wake Forest University and UNC School of the Arts receiving a B. A. in music from WFU studying trombone and piano. In Washington DC, she received an M.A. from The American University in Performing Arts: Arts Management. Margaret enjoys playing in the Winston-Salem Community Band, practicing yoga, and hiking on scenic trails. Her husband Ray Collins is the founder of TrueVoice, a vocal presentation coaching business. They have a son, Michael, who is studying Radio and TV broadcasting. Connect with Margaret at margaret@ccetriad.com.

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Jody Cauthen, Development & Operations Manager

Jody joins the CCE team with over 25 years experience in nonprofit management where she has supervised intricate marketing and development initiatives for various local non-profit organizations including The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, East Greensboro NOW, Triad Stage and the Community Theatre of Greensboro.

In the realm of academic entrepreneurship, Jody designed and launched the Arts Administration major and minor degree program/curriculum at UNCG and served as Program Director from 2014-2017 where she grew program enrollment 2150% in 3 years.

Jody has enjoyed a “side hustle” career as a nonprofit consultant and has served as moderator and participant in such conferences/seminars as The Association of Arts Administration Educators, Wake Forest University Creativity Conference, The UNCG Bryan School of Business’s Entrepreneurship in the Arts forum, The Art of Public Memory Conference, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts annual conference. Additionally, she is a licensed grant writer with SenWorks, and actively collaborates with fellow “Unicorn Grant Writers” through that network.  In her spare time, she’s an avid gardener, “amateur” chef and food anthropologist, and a lover of all things involving coffee or wine.

Julien PattonJulien Patton, Program & Operations Coordinator