Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council (ASC) has recently welcomed Monifa Drayton as its interim president. Drayton will take over the role in December following the resignation of Krista Terrell, who served as president for five years.
Drayton is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of leadership experience. She brings a wealth of valuable skills to the organization and will serve as a temporary replacement while the ASC conducts a national search for its next permanent leader.
In her statement, Drayton expressed her excitement to join the team and continue the work of Krista Terrell, who she praised for her dedication to supporting diverse creatives and small businesses in Charlotte. Drayton reiterated the importance of this work in a rapidly growing city like Charlotte.
With her extensive background in executive and strategic leadership, Drayton has previously served as the principal consultant for the Drayton Leadership Group and has over two decades of experience with Atrium Health. In addition to her work at ASC, she also serves as chair of Mecklenburg Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, where she oversees a significant budget and social impact strategies.
Tony Perez, chairman of ASC’s board, said that Drayton’s experience and passion for the arts make her an ideal candidate to guide the organization through this transitional period. He is confident that her leadership will ensure that ASC continues its important work to support Charlotte’s cultural sector during this period of growth and change.