Our Staff


Monica Montgomery, Executive Director & Chief Curator

Monica O. Montgomery, is the new Executive Director of Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center. She is an arts and culture innovator using creativity and narrative as a means of bridging the gap between people and movements. As an independent curator, museum consultant and  keynote speaker, she uses her platforms to be in service to society. She is cofounder and strategic director of Museum Hue a multicultural platform advancing diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives for people of color, in arts, culture, museums and creative economy. She works internationally to facilitate diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives with clients throughout Europe, Africa and North America.

As a museum activist, Monica advocates globally for social justice and relevance embedded in museum practice. She is a dynamic force for change, recently delivering a TedX talk entitled ‘How To Be an Upstander’ challenging everyone to stand up, speak up and act up for social good.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communication from Temple University and a Masters of Arts in Corporate Communication from LaSalle University. She is an adjunct professor who’s taught in Museum Studies graduate programs at Harvard University, Pratt Institute, and NYU and guest lectured at Princeton University, Columbia University, American University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, CUNY, University of the Arts and dozens more. Monica holds leadership advisory positions in OfByFor All Change Network, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Leading Changemakers, Arts Marketing Association UK, Museums As Sites of Social Action and other groups.

Monica states” I am grateful and energized to be named Executive Director of Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center, an institution that stands out among African American museums for presenting bold contemporary art exhibitions and preserving the black history contributions of residents in PG County. My commitment to Diversity + Inclusion, Black excellence, Social justice curation and community engagement has led to a natural progression of my work into this esteemed leadership position. I am honored to be taking the helm and excited by the possibilities PGAAMCC has to leave a lasting legacy for future generations throughout the region and the world.”

Contact Monica: mmontgomery@pgaamcc.org


Treston Sanders, Operations Director



Treston Sanders serves as the Operations Director for the museum. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from North Carolina A&T as a Visual Design major. A Greensboro, North Carolina native, he brings his lighting and design expertise to the museum. As a historian, teachig artist, and graffiti artist, he has trained under multiple curators and display specialists. Additionally, Treston has worked as an educator for the International Civil Rights Museum.

Contact Treston: tsanders@pgaamcc.org



Synatra Smith, Ph.D., Education Coordinator

Synatra Smith, Ph.D., Education Curator

Dr. Smith leads Museum workshops and programs based on her scholarly expertise and has developed content for educator digital resources. She curates our Culture Keepers Youth Exhibition and guides the process of developing presentations for the annual Youth Conference. She also serves as the Museum representative at on-site and off-site education programs.

Dr. Smith has a Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies with a concentration in Anthropology from Florida International University. Her research focuses on identity construction through performance, particularly as it relates to black popular culture. She has also developed a strong interest in globally-conscious community engagement, and strives to cultivate a generation of cultural ambassadors through her work with youth from different backgrounds.

Contact Dr. Smith: ssmith@pgaamcc.org

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History of the Town of North Brentwood

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