Monifa Drayton has been appointed as the interim president of the Arts & Science Council (ASC) after Krista Terrell resigned in August. Terrell will leave the organization in December, and Drayton will take on this role while the ASC’s board conducts a national search for its next permanent leader.
Drayton expressed her excitement about joining the team and continuing the work of Terrell. 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 over two decades of leadership experience with Atrium Health. In addition to her work at ASC, she also serves as chair of the Mecklenburg Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, overseeing a sizable budget and social impact strategies.
Tony Perez, ASC Board Chair, believes that 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 the cultural sector in Charlotte.