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New Interim Director for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Appointed

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Search for a permanent Executive Director is active and underway

Contact: Jeffrey Scott, CAH: (202) 724-5613, [email protected]

(Washington) - The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) Board of Commissioners announces the appointment of Heran Sereke-Brhan as Interim Director for CAH. The agency’s previous Executive Director, Terrie Rouse-Rosario, officially ended her incumbency on September 30, 2019.

“I am appreciative of the work that Terrie has done in preparing the agency as it transitions to new independent status,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Chair Kay Kendall. “The Board of Commissioners and I support and look forward to working with Heran to keep the agency moving forward until a permanent Executive Director is identified.”

Interim Director Sereke-Brhan has been Senior Grants Officer for CAH since July 2017. Prior to joining CAH, she served as Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs. Over the past two decades, Interim Director Sereke-Brhan has worked at a number of cultural and educational institutions, including the Harn Museum at the University of Florida, Addis Ababa University, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. She holds a PhD in History with a minor in African Art History from Michigan State University.

The CAH Board of Commissioners will nominate, and with the advice and consent of the Council of the District of Columbia, appoint the new Executive Director for the agency. CAH has engaged DC-based recruiting firm POLIHIRE to manage the search process for the position.