Dear Friends of MOCA,

Today, we are thrilled to announce our selection of arts and cultural leader Nina Curley as our Interim Executive Director to succeed our outgoing President, Nancy Yao. Nina comes to MOCA with more than 15 years of experience, having served in fundraising, consulting, and executive leadership roles, most recently at the esteemed Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Nina is no stranger to MOCA as she was hired as a Development Consultant this past winter.

At the same time, we have hired Ellen Luo to take over Nina’s previous role as MOCA’s Development Consultant. Ellen is a New Yorker with deep roots in Chinatown and more than 15 years of fundraising experience. We welcome Ellen and look forward to her experienced guidance for our continued growth.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that we have engaged the national nonprofit specialty recruiting firm Phillips Oppenheim to lead the search for our permanent President.

Nina’s appointment as Interim Executive Director will be effective on April 10, 2023. While Nancy resigned in February with the announcement of her appointment as the Founding Director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, she will remain as President of MOCA and work alongside Nina to ensure a smooth and orderly transition until her departure in late May.

As we continue to focus on increasing programming and planning for our new home designed by Maya Lin and Ralph Appelbaum, we couldn’t have found a better leader to lead the organization in the coming months. We have the utmost confidence that MOCA is in great hands with Nina at the helm until a new President is appointed.