In the wake of the resignation of Krista Terrell from her role as president of the Arts & Science Council (ASC) in August, Monifa Drayton has been appointed as the interim president. Drayton will assume her duties on December 1st, with the ASC’s board conducting a national search for a permanent replacement. The ASC is a nonprofit organization that advocates for equitable resources and opportunities for Charlotte’s art ecosystem.
Drayton expressed her excitement about joining the team and continuing the work of Terrell in a statement, emphasizing the importance of supporting diverse creatives and small businesses in a rapidly growing city like Charlotte. With over 20 years of executive and strategic leadership experience, Drayton brings valuable skills to the organization. She previously served as principal consultant for Drayton Leadership Group and has had two decades of leadership experience with Atrium Health. Additionally, she serves as chair of the Mecklenburg Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, where she oversees a significant budget and social impact strategies.
According to ASC Board Chair Tony Perez, Drayton’s background and passion for the arts make her an ideal candidate to guide the organization through this transitional period. He believes that her experience will help ensure that the ASC continues its important work to support the cultural sector in Charlotte.