Our Team

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Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director

For over 16 years, Kelly has led The Fenway Alliance in improving the physical, social, economic, and cultural environment of Boston’s Fenway community. In 2012, Kelly spearheaded a year-long community effort to designate the Fenway by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as the first of 30 Cultural Districts in Massachusetts, and the first in Boston. Under Kelly’s leadership the Alliance was selected to manage the District. Kelly founded the major Boston public events: Opening Our Doors, TEDxFenway, and Public By Design-a public art series that features Massachusetts based artists. Prior to leading The Fenway Alliance, Kelly directed Healthy Malden 2000, a nonprofit organization established to serve the health of the city and the state through a variety of public health initiatives. Kelly was Managing Director and co-author of the FLASHPOINTcurricula, initiated by the Eastern District Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts, and Director of Curriculum for Harvard University’s Program for Young Negotiators. Kelly received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from Boston University. Her career is marked by the belief that everyone should have access to the art and culture at the heart of Boston’s diverse communities.


Daniel Alexander Smith, Assistant Director

Daniel joined the Alliance in the summer of 2016. Though relatively new to Boston, he has worked with a variety of arts organizations including DTR Modern Galleries, the Kinsey Institute, and the Georgia Museum of Art. In addition, he taught undergraduate art courses at Indiana University, where he completed a graduate fellowship. Outside of work, Daniel is an active artist. He exhibits locally and internationally at venues including Boston Cyberarts, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the CICA Museum in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, the Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletronica in São Paulo, Brazil, the Athens Digital Arts Festival in Athens, Greece, Besharat Gallery in Atlanta, The Carnegie Arts Center in Cincinnati, and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins. Daniel’s passion for art drives him to continually pursue new avenues of collaboration, such as the virtual art archive, Paper-Thin, which he directs and curates. His research in the arts has been funded by Boston Cyberarts, Ideas for Creative Exploration, The University of Georgia, and Indiana University.