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AHCMC's highly experienced and effective core staff serve a variety of constituents including organizations, individuals, educators and the general public. Core staff lead the key functional areas for AHCMC which includes: grants, communications, program services, advocacy, policy development, strategic planning and administration.
Suzan E. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer
Recognized as one of the Top CEOs You Need To Know in 2009 by The Gazette of Politics and Business, featured in Women Business Leaders of Maryland 2010, recipient of the Friend of Glen Echo Park Award in 2011 and winner of the 2012 Washingtonian Green Giant Award, Suzan Jenkins is a visionary CEO with a knack for leading cultural initiatives. She has over 20 years extensive experience spearheading organizational and programmatic development in the non-profit arts and culture sector from world renown organizations such as the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Recording Industry Association of America to name but a few. In May 2012 she will be awarded an Honorary Degree for Associate of Arts in Public Service from Montgomery College, Maryland and in February 2013 she was awarded the Jazz Service Award by the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.
Jenkins is a strategic thinker and team builder who develops innovative projects that respond to and cultivate communities. It is in that light that Jenkins co-founded the Nonprofit Energy Alliance. Since its inception in May 2010, the Non-Profit Energy Alliance is now comprised of 64 leading-edge nonprofits that will collectively save an estimated $536,000 compared to standard energy service, while supporting clean sources of energy that are essential to protecting our environment and building a new economy. The wind power purchased through this alliance offsets about 40 million pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to removing 3,500 cars off the roads. Participating nonprofits used their collective purchasing power to save on a fixed expense, freeing up resources for essential services while also implementing environmentally sustainable business practices. Her career has been dedicated to encouraging creativity and scholarly excellence in arts and cultural organizations; she has served as Executive in Residence in the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, as an adjunct professor at American University and is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management Program, at George Mason University.
Suzan Jenkins’ work has supported freedom of expression and creativity though her efforts not only in the US, but internationally. She has served as a marketing consultant to the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in the Imperial City of Fes, Morocco and worked with artists interested in exploring cultural exchange, such as bringing Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Essaouira, Morocco to participate in the Gnaoua Festival, and in bringing rhythm and blues musicians to Madrid, Spain in the 1990s and jazz students to the Hague and Panama.
She has produced several recordings and is the Conceptual Producer of the Peabody Award winning series Let the Good Times Roll, produced for Public Radio International. She is a board member of the Cultural Data Project; the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and Committee for Montgomery and serves on the Silver Spring, MD Arts and Entertainment Advisory Committee and is Co-Chair or the Women of Color in the Arts Mentoring Committee. Ms. Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College.
Caroline Hrvoj graduated from Georgia Southern University in May of 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and double minors in Sociology and History. Caroline was a HOPE and Goizueta scholar, president of the first Latina sorority on campus (Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Inc.) and graduated Cum Laude. In conjunction with her position as the Grants Assistant at AHCMC, she is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A) with a concentration in State and Local Government at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. She hopes to one day play an active role in the local government of Montgomery County or the surrounding municipalities and to eventually become an advocate for the cultivation of the arts and humanities in local communities.
Will McGowan joined AHCMC as a public art/gallery assistant through the Montgomery College Art Institute’s Student Art Internship Program in the fall of 2013. He was the Director’s Assistant at the Touchstone Contemporary Art Gallery in Washington D.C. Will served as Vice President of the Student Art League. He remains an active member of the artistic community at the Montgomery College Rockville campus. Will plans on graduating in 2015 with an A.F.A. in Studio Art. He then expects to transfer to a four-year institution to study Illustration. Now employed, he is excited to continue his work with AHCMC.
Alex Cartagena has supported and worked with community organizations, government agencies, and corporations on how to use dialogue as a tool for change and empowerment. He has provided skills development workshops, shared best practices and strategies, and conducted different types of trainings in order for the organization to implement a sustainable dialogue to change initiative. An advocate of cross-cultural dialogue, he believes that dialogue is a foundational element for creating inclusive communities and workplaces. He has facilitated hundreds of dialogues with a variety of stakeholders. Topics have included creating an inclusive workplace, addressing the lack of food accessibility, and how race and culture could play a role on student success.
He has worked in communities throughout the country in Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, and Oklahoma. He has presented at the George Mason University Workplace Diversity: Practice and Research Conference, "Changing Culture & Climate through Facilitating Inclusion: Study Circles on Race, Relationships, and Achievement."
AHCMC contracts with consultants who are recognized specialists in their fields to manage discreet programs and provide key services. With the assistance of our consulting staff, AHCMC maintains an active public art program, a vibrant arts education program and is undertaking the development of a web-based multimedia exhibition on the folk and traditional arts of Montgomery County.
Interns provide invaluable support for the many programs presented by AHCMC.
The Board of Directors of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County includes artists, humanities scholars, business leaders, civic activists, arts administrators, artists, and non-profit executives with a diverse mix of ethnic, economic, geographic, and employment backgrounds. The board is dedicated to the mission of the Arts and Humanities Council and welcomes interested individuals to contact them with questions about the Arts and Humanities Council. For more information, please call us at 301-565-3805.
Eric L. Siegel
Executive Vice President/Legal Counsel/LEED, AP
Roberta F. Shulman (Bobbi)
Vice Chair; Chair, Governance Committee
Shulman Associates, LLC
Erica A. Leatham, Esq.
Ballard Spahr LLP
Joan Krejci Griggs,
Board Secretary; Chair, Grants Committee
Mara Mayor, Ph.D.
Chair, Audit Committee
Associate Professor of Arts Management
Marci Bernstein Lu
Nonprofit & Philanthropy Consultant
Erin E. Girard, Esq.
Linowes and Block LLP
Adjunct to the Board
Kenneth A. Lechter, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer