March 19, 2015 (NEW YORK, NY) - The Africa Center today announced that former United States Ambassador Michelle Gavin has been appointed as Managing Director, an executive role responsible for The Africa Center's development, strategic expansion and everyday operations.
The Africa Center
, once known as the Museum for African Art
, aims to provide a gateway for American engagement with the African continent, headquartered in New York City.
In accordance with the vision of the Board of Trustees, Gavin will oversee the development of infrastructure and programming in support of a mission that spans culture, business and policy.
Gavin's team will develop and curate a wide range of artistic exhibitions and events, foster a transformational and international enterprise network and develop a Policy Center that will serve as a new Africa-focused think tank.
Altogether, The Africa Center
aims to transform the international understanding of Africa, the world's oldest continent with its youngest population, and to promote direct engagement between African artists, business leaders and civil society and their counterparts from the United States and beyond.
will also oversee the close-out of the capital fundraising campaign and the completion of The Africa Center's
permanent home at 1280 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, at the intersection of 110th Street.
The stunning, purpose-built Robert A.M. Stern-designed complex is located less than 20 minutes from the United Nations at the beginning of "Museum Mile" on the northeast corner of Central Park.
Hadeel Ibrahim, Co-Chair of The Africa Center's Board of Trustees, said, "We are delighted to announce Michelle Gavin's appointment.
"We're thrilled Ambassador Gavin has agreed to become Managing Director of The Africa Center.
Before being asked to be President Obama's personal representative to Botswana, Gavin served for two years as a Special Assistant to the President and the Senior Director for Africa at the National Security Council.
Previously, Gavin worked with the Council on Foreign Relations as Adjunct Fellow for Africa and an International Affairs Fellow, and as a foreign policy adviser and legislative director in the United States Senate from 1999 to 2006.
Gavin received an M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and earned a B.A. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she was a Truman Scholar.
Michelle Gavin, Managing Director of The Africa Center, said, "I am captivated by the potential of The Africa Center to build new bridges between the United States and Africa.