Our Team

Leia Alex 
Executive Director

Leia Alex joined Paintbrush Diplomacy as Director in the spring of 2016. Since then,  she has worked to preserve Paintbrush Diplomacy’s incredible arts collection and continue its programming, including the International Art Exchange Program. Previously, she worked with organizations like International Arts and Artists and the National Peace Corps Association in Washington, D.C. She studied Culture and Politics while at Georgetown University, looking specifically at the intersections between art and diplomacy. She has also worked in theatre and the performing arts, both in D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area.  As a lifelong artist, Leia loves exploring all different forms of art, including dance, graphic design, painting, and theatre.

Allie Ruckman 
Social Media Manager

Allie is a Junior at Colorado State University majoring in Journalism and Media Communication, with a minor in Environmental Affairs. She loves sustainability, environmental protection, photography, videography, graphic design, marketing, writing and digital communications. She loves the outdoors and, when not at work, is mostly likely climbing a mountain somewhere.