About Us

Creative Spark Leadership TeamJessica McCracken bio: Jessica brings people together through the creative process. Her career began at the Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts, Institute on Aging in 2007. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Arts Management. With great dedication to collaboration, Jessica co-founded Creative Aging San Francisco, a collective of individuals utilizing the arts to support healthy aging. Jessica is also the founder of Trash Mashup, a collaborative community art project that uses disposable materials to construct original pageant costumes inspired by mask traditions from around the world.   Expertise: arts program development, community collaboration, nonprofit administration

Katie Wade bio: Katie is passionate about ensuring we all have access to creative means of connecting with ourselves and others as we grow older. After working as a mental health therapist with older adults in an inpatient setting, Katie maintained a private practice while providing social connection programming and other services to older adults and caregivers, and now nurtures and grows innovative creative aging programs. Katie is on the leadership team of Creative Aging SF, a collective of individuals working at the intersection of creativity and aging services.  Expertise:  virtual connections, program expansion, organizational behavior

Jessica and Katie are leaders of Creative Aging San Francisco. You are invited to join this collective for monthly virtual gatherings to learn about exciting creative aging programs and connect with other creative aging professionals!

Creative Spark is a nonprofit program of Front Porch, formerly known as Covia.


87% of Creative Spark trainees and older adult program participants report a greater sense of connection!

Creative Spark nurtures professionals who work with older adults and adults with disabilities, increasing their passion and enthusiasm for the work. Ultimately, the end result of our training and curriculum is a positive impact on older adults and adults with disabilities, creating better quality of life for these communities of untapped potential. Read the impact highlights here.

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