MASSCreative Appoints New Senior Leadership in Organizing and External Relations

BOSTON (1/17/23) - MASSCreative is pleased to announce the appointments of Richeline Cadet as director of organizing and Kelsey Rode as director of external relations. Both Cadet and Rode will work directly with Emily Ruddock, the executive director, as members of the organization’s senior leadership team.

“Richeline and Kelsey are inspired leaders who have already proven themselves as effective political organizers and communications professionals,” said Ruddock. “As MASSCreative turns its attention to the upcoming legislative session and the incoming Healey/Driscoll Administration, Richeline and Kelsey will play vital roles in ensuring the creative sector is unified in its advocacy efforts.”

Cadet will lead MASSCreative’s advocacy campaigns and training programs as director of organizing. Prior to her role at MASSCreative, Cadet served as a regional organizing director for the Fair Share Amendment campaign in the New Bedford region, where she led a team to successfully secure over 30,000 votes in favor of the Fair Share Amendment. Cadet also served as deputy campaign manager for Sen. Liz Miranda’s successful state Senate race. “I am thrilled to bring my political campaign experience to MASSCreative and work with arts and cultural advocates across the Commonwealth towards a more beautiful and unified Massachusetts for everyone,” said Cadet. A proud alum of Salem State University, one of the Commonwealth’s publicly funded institutions, Cadet served as a student trustee advocating for her peers. Cadet holds dual degrees in political science and criminal justice.

As director of external relations, Rode will direct strategies that amplify the value of the arts and cultural sector, the vital role creative workers play in their communities, and raise the visibility of MASSCreative’s work across the Commonwealth. “I believe in the transformative power of community and look forward to working with advocates throughout the creative sector,” said Rode. “Growing up in western Massachusetts, I saw firsthand how a vibrant creative sector positively defines a region. I'm excited to make sure that everyone in Massachusetts has the resources and platforms they need to participate in the creative economy, regardless of their zip code.” Rode holds degrees from Greenfield Community College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Villanova University. More recently, Rode worked as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester). 

“Advocacy wins for the creative sector don’t happen by accident - it takes strategic thinking and skilled organizing. Kelsey and Richeline have already demonstrated their leadership in these realms, and we welcome them to the organization,” said MASSCreative board chair, Kara Elloitt-Ortega.

About MASSCreative

MASSCreative works with artists, cultural councils, arts organizations, and the broader creative community to build a Commonwealth where arts and creativity are an expected, recognized, and valued part of everyday life. Working with their coalition of 400 arts and cultural organizations and artists from across the Commonwealth, MASSCreative uses public education and awareness, grassroots organizing, advocacy campaigns, and other civic and political engagement to ensure that arts, culture, and creativity are considered when important policy and political decisions are made at the state and local levels.

Last session, MASSCreative effectively led advocacy with their membership and Mass Cultural Council to secure $22.5 million in annual state funding for the creative sector and $135 million for arts and cultural recovery in ARPA appropriations. 



Kelsey Rode, Director of External Relations

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