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Matthew Gallagher elected Chair of Maryland Citizens for the Arts Board of Trustees

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Baltimore, MD, (July 1, 2014) At Maryland Citizens for the Arts’ (MCA) annual meeting on June 19, 2014, the Board of Trustees elected Matthew D. Gallagher, President and CEO of The Goldseker Foundation, to be its Chair. Mr. Gallagher, the former Chief of Staff to Governor Martin O’Malley, begins his three-year term as Chair on July 1, 2014.

Mr. Gallagher succeeds Douglas R. Mann, Vice President and CFO at Maryland Institute College of Art, who has lead the organization for six years. “I couldn’t be more pleased that Matt is taking over as chair of the MCA board,” said Mann. “He’ll be a strong and credible advocate for the arts with our elected officials in Annapolis and across the entire state. He’ll also provide great leadership to not only MCA, but to the entire arts community.”

At the same meeting, MCA’s Board elected two new voting members and filled an open ex-officio position. Director of The Walters Art Musuem, Julia Marciari-Alexander, begins a three-year term, as does Maryland Bar Association Legislative Director, Richard Montgomery III. April Nyman, Director of the Anne Arundel Arts Council begins her term as the representative for the Community Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM) on MCA’s board, fostering a stronger connection between MCA’s work and the work of Maryland’s 24 local Arts Councils.

Mr. Gallagher became President and CEO of The Goldseker Foundation in the summer of 2013 after serving as Governor O’Malley’s Chief of Staff since 2009. In that role, he managed the day-to-day activities of the executive branch of Maryland State government, including 18 major cabinet agencies and the Governor’s Office. Prior that, Mr. Gallagher served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor and as the Director of CitiStat, Baltimore’s nationally recognized public sector accountability program, while part of Mayor O’Malley’s Cabinet from 2000 – 2007.

Ms. Marciari-Alexander recently completed her first year as Director at The Walters and has engaged locally, regionally and nationally in arts advocacy on behalf of the museum and for her colleagues across the state. She is the former Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the San Diego Art Museum where she also served as interim co-Director from 2009-2010 and Deputy Director for Education from 2010-2011. A specialist in the arts and visual culture of Britain and France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, she holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University and an MA in French Literature from NYU.

Mr. Montgomery has directed Legislative and Governmental Relations for the Maryland State Bar Association since 2003. He served as Deputy Legislative Director for Maryland Governors William Donald Schaefer and Parris N. Glendening. He sits on the Boards of Art with a Heart, Charm City Youth Lacrosse, National Association of Bar Executives and Baltimore’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning.) Mr. Montgomery is a Baltimore native who currently resides in Annapolis. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is an avid photographer, both digital and film.

Ms. Nyman fills an Ex-Officio position on MCA’s board created to encourage partnership between MCA and the 24 local arts councils representing all 23 Maryland counties and the city of Baltimore. She has been the director of the Anne Arundel Arts Council since 2007. April brought years of experience in marketing and event planning to the job. She currently serves as the Chair of the Community Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM). A 2010 “Anne Arundel Woman of the Year”, Ms. Nyman has three children, all of whom are actively engaged in the arts. She has served on MCA’s Events Committee for two years helping to plan successful events like ArtsLAB and Maryland Arts Day.

John Schratwieser, MCA’s Executive Director is thrilled with the additions. “From the election of our new Chair, Matt Gallagher, to the addition of these three wonderfully strong voices for the arts, MCA takes another step forward in its journey to support the greatest state-wide arts sector in the country. From the mountains, to the cities, to the eastern shore, the arts are thriving in Maryland, driving economic impact, tourism and community revitalization. These new trustees, and our new Chair, are wonderful additions to the dedicated team of volunteers and advocates that really make MCA succeed!”

Maryland Citizens for the arts was founded in 1977 to represent a unified voice for public support for the arts in Maryland. It’s mission is to promote the broad understanding and support of the arts sector in our state, and all it does to drive economic vitality and cultural well-being for the citizens we serve.