Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council (ASC) has announced Monifa Drayton as its interim president, following the resignation of Krista Terrell in August. Drayton will serve in this role until the ASC’s board completes a national search for the organization’s next permanent leader, which is set to take place in December.
Drayton, with over 20 years of executive and strategic leadership experience, brings a wealth of valuable skills to the organization. She has previously served as the principal consultant for the Drayton Leadership Group and has 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. With her background and passion for the arts, Drayton is an ideal candidate to guide the organization through this transitional period and ensure it continues its important work to support the cultural sector. According to ASC Board Chair Tony Perez, Drayton’s experience will help ensure that the ASC continues its mission to advocate for equitable resources and opportunities for Charlotte’s art ecosystem.