MoAD Moving Forward: Executive Search and the Afropolitan Ball 2019

As we prepare for a new season of exhibitions and the annual Afropolitan Ball we take a moment to let you know what’s happening at your MoAD.

The Museum of the African Diaspora is working with Koya Partners in the museum’s search for its next Director (You can access the job description and make recommendations here). The search committee is being co-chaired by MoAD Board members Peggy Forbes and Monetta White, alongside local community leaders, with support from Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, President of the Mellon Foundation, and Thelma Golden, Director of the Studio Museum of Harlem. The process has made great progress with interviews presently being lined up in September, following summer work.

In this exciting time of change and hope recently appointed Board member Monetta White, Managing Partner of the Fillmore Food Group, will step into the Interim Director position. Monetta was appointed to the Board this past spring along with Jill Cowan, Beryl Potter and Ammanuel Zegeye. Monetta’s primary focus is on the success of the Museum’s Afropolitan Ball on October 19, 2019, which has already seen tremendous progress – well on its way to exceeding last year’s record-breaking numbers.

MoAD is thrilled to be paying tribute this year to one of the most essential, founding leaders of the Museum, Lloyd Dean. With lead funds committed by Dignity Health and Gilead Sciences and other corporations, this year’s Ball is co-chaired by Robin Washington and Beryl Potter. For more information about sponsorships click here.


Highlight developments for this year’s Afropolitan Ball include, but are not limited to:

  • The Museum featuring the work of multi-media artist Rashaad Newsome. Newsome’s films will be part of the Museum’s fall program with his video art featured in the Rembe Freedom Theater at MoAD starting September 4.
  • Following your feedback there will be more affordable party tickets this year to be made available in September. Stay tuned! Space will be limited, but it is important that we begin to increase accessibility to this extraordinary event.

With Monetta in the Interim Director role, for those of you who have been working with him, James Leventhal will resume his title as Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer. James will continue to provide his excellent programmatic and development expertise to MoAD and will assist Monetta in overall management of the organization. In the time that James has been on board, the Museum has worked closely with the Board and staff to increase contributed income, recruit new Board members, and encourage significant growth in earned revenue and social media audiences. He has also helped collaboratively to develop and implement a three year program plan of increasing complexity and significance.

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, or want any more information, please let us know at [email protected]

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