Kimberly Kersey, Executive Director
Kimberly has over 25 years of legal, business development and community relations experience. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Art History. While at Rutgers, Kimberly was an intern at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and completed her senior study work in African American Art. She went on to earn a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While in law school, she worked with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts where she counseled artists on issues involving copyright, gallery agreements and arts related contracts.
A strong believer in civic engagement, Kimberly has long been active in local and national politics. She served as Assistant Counsel to New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey where she was his liaison to the New Jersey Department of State – home to the State Council on the Arts. Additionally, she served on the policy transition teams for President Barack Obama and for Senator Cory Booker.
A seasoned development professional who has worked with national corporations, as well as small nonprofits, Kimberly has a proven ability to cultivate and maintain relationships and to grow annual revenues. Until her recent relocation to Connecticut, she was a college lecturer at Rowan College at Burlington County and served as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Tax Board.
Moriah Peoples, Gallery & Collections Manager
Moriah is overseeing exhibitions, special events, social media and providing general gallery management. She is a recent graduate of the University of Saint Joseph with a degree in Art History. During her time at USJ, she had the opportunity to work as a Curatorial Assistant at the Art Museum, USJ. She gained valuable museum experience by assisting with the curation of exhibits, collections management, and acquisitions. Prior to this appointment, Moriah was a Business Operations Support Specialist at Smith Brothers Insurance agency, which helped develop her leadership and team building skills.
Moriah is a smart and engaging professional with a strong and broad complement of skills tested and proven in corporate, small business, and non-profit settings. She is a polished communicator and excellent relationship manager who pays exceptional attention to detail. Moriah comes from a long line of educators and community leaders invested in education, community development and engagement in the non-profit sector. A key influencer that encouraged her to apply for the position at the Amistad Center was her Grandfather, who served as Director of Black studies for Jersey City State University in the mid-60’s and 70’s. She looks forward to continuing her family’s legacy of contributing to the preservation of African American culture.
Margot Early, Program Manager
Margot is a Hartford native who joins us from the MetroHartford Alliance. There she worked in marketing and served as their Director of Strategic Events. As Program Manager for the Amistad Center for Art & Culture, she will manage events and programs. She will also work with our board, manage membership, and assist with development. Margot also worked in Community Relations at Travelers as a contractor and managed events, assisted with employee engagement campaigns, and managed employee volunteers on food and school supply drives.
She comes to the Amistad Center with more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration where she held positions in development, diversity and inclusion, and college athletics in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Georgia. In the mid 2000’s, Margot served on the Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s Juneteenth planning committee.
It is her love of the arts and the mission of the Amistad Center that drew her to this position.
Stacy Queen, Educational Programming Consultant
During this time of social distancing and remote learning, we’ve worked hard this summer to find ways to make sure The Amistad Center collection continues to be a source of inspiration and learning for students, educators and adults alike. Stacey will remain in her current position as the Public Programs Manager at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio but stands ready to help us craft learning modules and will deliver lesson plans, educational talks and field trips virtually, as requested. Stacey holds a B.A. from Hampton University in Studio Art and a M.A. from Towson University in Art History. This, coupled with her experience as a former K-8 educator, makes Stacey uniquely qualified to guide us in this important work.