Change in Leadership for the Museum of the African Diaspora

Grace C. Stanislaus

Deborah Santana

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) recently announced that executive director Grace C. Stanislaus will resign effective June 28, 2013 to pursue new interests and opportunities. Stanislaus has been a driving force behind several exhibitions and programs. She helped to reinvigorate the museum’s individual and corporate giving programs and expanded the Diaspora Curriculum Project to an international audience. MoAD Vanguard, the museum’s young professionals group, has also grown under her tenure. “I pondered this decision for some time, trying to balance my commitment and passion for MoAD against my growing desire to take time to reflect on my cultural arts career working for worthy organizations like MoAD and to determine my path forward,” said Stanislaus. “It’s been my pleasure and privilege to work with the Board of Directors and staff over the past three and a half years,” she continued. “Throughout my career, I have not worked with a team that is more dedicated, hard working and committed to an organization and its mission [than this one]. My time at MoAD has been inspiring, engaging, educational and transformative,” Stanislaus said. Deborah Santana, Board Vice Chair, will serve as MoAD’s Interim Executive Director. Santana is an author, philanthropist, and founder of Do A Little, a non-profit serving women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. She is a longtime supporter of MoAD and was named vice chair in January. Wade Rose, MoAD Board Chair, said, “I am very thankful to Grace for her achievements and service to MoAD in advancing its mission, and wish her well in her new endeavors. We’ll miss her.” The Board of Directors will begin a process to recruit a new executive director while MoAD continues on its path of educating audiences about the African Diaspora and expanding its role in the art world.
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