The Arts & Science Council (ASC) has appointed Monifa Drayton as its interim president following the resignation of Krista Terrell in August. Terrell will leave the organization in December, and Drayton will serve as the leader while the ASC’s board conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.
Drayton expressed her excitement at joining the team and continuing Terrell’s work in advocating for equitable resources and opportunities for Charlotte’s art ecosystem. In a statement, she emphasized 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 has previously served as principal consultant for the Drayton Leadership Group and has extensive leadership experience with Atrium Health. Additionally, she is 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 is confident that her experience will help ensure that ASC continues its important work to support Charlotte’s cultural sector.