Strathmore Names Second CEO in Institution’s Nearly Four-Decade History
Monica Jeffries Hazangeles will take on dual role of president and CEO
Monica Jeffries Hazangeles
Strathmore will have a new CEO for the first time in the North Bethesda arts institution’s nearly four-decade history.
Monica Jeffries Hazangeles has been named Strathmore’s new president and CEO, the board of directors announced Friday.
She replaces Eliot Pfanstiehl, who founded Strathmore in 1981.
But Jeffries Hazangeles isn’t a new face in the halls of Strathmore on its Rockviile Pike campus.
She joined the organization in 1994 and was named president in 2011. She will add the title of CEO and move into that role on Sept. 1.
The Strathmore board conducted a nationwide search to replace Pfanstiehl with the help of Arts Consulting Group of Boston. Strathmore’s board was unanimous in its decision to move Jeffries Hazangeles into her new dual role.
“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 Board Chair Karen Lefkowitz said in a written statement.
Pfanstiehl will stay with the institution until Aug. 31.
“I’m confident under Monica’s expanded leadership, Strathmore will always value community, creativity, and customer service. I know Strathmore’s best days are ahead of us with many new initiatives, new audiences, and an expanded footprint throughout the region,” said Pfanstiehl.
In an interview, Jeffries Hazangeles called Pfanstiehl a “treasured mentor.”
“Our relationship is very, very special and complementary. As we transition to new roles, he’ll continue to be one of those angels in the community who look over Strathmore and watch out for it and guide us along the way,” she said.
Jeffries Hazangeles also reflected on how much Strathmore has grown and changed during her 24 years at the institution.
“I knew right away that it was a place that I wanted to be. And I was so energized by the team that was here,” Jeffries Hazangeles said. “I had an inkling that there were exciting things on the horizon. And they certainly have come true.”
In the future, there are “bright things” on the horizon, which will change Strathmore “in ways we cannot even imagine,” she said.
The board credited Pfanstiehl and Jeffries Hazangeles with guiding the evolution of Strathmore into “Maryland’s most prolific, multidisciplinary arts presenter and producer.”
Jeffries Hazangeles helped to secure $110 million in public and private funding to build The Music Center at Strathmore, which opened in 2005.
She was integral to the creation of Bloom, a Strathmore outreach initiative including supplemental arts education programs, a youth orchestra, community choral events, and a step program, with a focus on the communities along the county’s Route 29 corridor. Jeffries Hazangeles has also been involved with programs including the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, the annual Latin Dance Competition for high school students, and Strathmore Student Concerts for all second- and fifth-grade students in Montgomery County Public Schools.
In 2015, Jeffries Hazangeles helped to establish AMP, a 230-seat live music and dining space at Pike & Rose, Strathmore’s first off-site venue.
Jeffries Hazangeles has worked as an arts professional for more than 25 years and has held positions with The Smithsonian Associates and The Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City, Missouri.
She holds bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in flute performance from Florida State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, respectively. She earned a master’s degree in arts management from American University in 1996.
She and her husband, John P. Hazangeles, reside in Silver Spring.
Asked whether she has a favorite memory during her tenure at Strathmore, Jeffries Hazangeles instead described a sensation.
“A favorite is when there is an incomparable artist in the center of the stage and everyone in attendance feels like they’re the only listener at that moment,” she said. “Until you look around and realize that everyone feels equally enthralled by the magic of that moment.”