Cézanne Charles

Cézanne is a designer, curator, and researcher with 20 years of experience working at the executive and senior management level within the creative industries in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Her work focuses on the intersection of design, technology, culture, social justice, and public policy for future making. In 1998 she co-founded with John Marshall, rootoftwo.

Cézanne serves on Design Core Detroit’s Stewardship Board for the UNESCO City of Design initiative, the Board of Directors of Allied Media Projects, the Downtown Detroit Partnership’s Creative Partnership Advisory Council, the Zoning Advisory Group of the Detroit Planning Commission and the Michigan Council of Arts & Cultural Affairs. She has a Master of Public Affairs (formerly public administration) from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, The Ohio State University.

From 2008-2019 Cézanne also served as Director of Creative Industries at Creative Many, where she led the design and implementation of the company’s creative industries research. Here, Cézanne designed and led programs that provided the knowledge, funding, networks and advocacy needed to help empower the practices of artists, designers and makers within the state, with a core focus on Detroit.