The Arts & Science Council (ASC) has announced Monifa Drayton as its interim president, effective immediately. Drayton will serve in this role until the organization’s board conducts a national search for its next permanent leader, following the resignation of Krista Terrell in August.
Drayton brings over 20 years of executive and strategic leadership experience to the ASC, having previously served as the principal consultant for the Drayton Leadership Group and having over two decades of leadership experience with Atrium Health. In addition to her work at ASC, she also serves as the chair of the Mecklenburg Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, overseeing a sizable budget and social impact strategies.
In a statement, Drayton expressed her excitement to join the team and continue the work of Krista Terrell. She reiterated the importance of supporting diverse creatives and small businesses in a rapidly growing city like Charlotte. “I am thrilled to be joining the Arts & Science Council at this exciting time in its history,” said Drayton. “I look forward to working with this talented team to continue advocating for equitable resources and opportunities for Charlotte’s art ecosystem.”
ASC Board Chair Tony Perez expressed his confidence in Drayton’s ability to guide the organization through this transitional period. “Monifa’s background and passion for the arts make her an ideal candidate to lead the ASC during this time,” he said. “We are grateful for her expertise and leadership skills, which we believe will help ensure that the ASC continues its important work to support our city’s cultural sector.”