Strathmore has selected Monica Jeffries Hazangeles as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on September 1, 2018. Ms. Hazangeles succeeds Strathmore Founder and CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl, who is stepping down after 37 years leading the North Bethesda culture and arts center.
An arts professional for 25 years, Ms. Hazangeles first joined Strathmore in 1994 and became President in 2011. In her roles, she has helped guide the evolution of the organization into a multidisciplinary arts presenter and producer. In addition to securing $110 million in public and private funding to build the Music Center at Strathmore, she has also advanced many of the organization’s programs, including the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, an annual dance competition for high school students, the Strathmore Student Concerts, and Bloom, a community arts initiative aimed at raising up local talent and creating a network of art activities in Montgomery County.
Named one of Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington four times, she is an active member of the Silver Spring community. Ms. Hazangeles is a graduate and volunteer of Leadership Maryland and Leadership Montgomery, a member of InVision’s executive circle, and a member of the American University Arts Management Advisory Council. She holds a bachelor of music in flute performance from Florida State University, a master of music in flute performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a master of arts in arts management from American University.
In making the announcement, Strathmore Board Chair Karen Lefkowitz said, “We are thrilled that Monica will be the next leader of Strathmore—her passion, diplomacy, and leadership experience are exceptional and her vision for Strathmore’s future makes her singularly qualified to lead this great institution into its next chapter of growth, service and prominence. Strathmore is a dynamic organization and we wanted the search process to reflect this, so we engaged resident partners, stakeholders, and staff—their insights were critical to finding a leader with the broad skills needed to guide and shape such a multifaceted arts presenter.”
“I am eager to expand [Strathmore’s] network of partnerships and deepen its dialogue with the creative community,” said Ms. Hazangeles. “As a musician and educator, I am inspired by how the arts elevate, enrich, and transform us. Here at Strathmore, those transformative moments are created and celebrated every day.”
“Congratulations to Monica Jeffries Hazangeles and Strathmore as they begin an exciting new chapter in the organization’s history,” said ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau. “The Strathmore search committee, board, staff, and resident partners involved in this process were simply excellent. Ms. Hazangeles has a wealth of experience as an accomplished leader committed to community engagement, and she will further enhance Strathmore as a destination for the arts in Montgomery County.”