Our Staff


Maleke Glee, Interim Executive Director

Maleke GleeMaleke Glee is a cultural worker, events manager, playwright, dramaturg, and director in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Mr. Glee has worked with the following entities as a logistics and programming specialist: Step Afrika!, Double Nickels Theatre Company, Nomad Yard Collectiv, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Howard University Homecoming, The Kennedy Center, TD Jakes Megafest, The Wolf Trap Foundation and more.

He is a 2016 Theatre Arts Administration Bachelors of Fine Arts graduate of Howard University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College. Mr. Glee’s research surrounds protecting community based arts and cultural commerce amidst rapid gentrification. Mr. Glee’s particular interest lies within the Go-Go Community of Washington, D.C. Mr. Glee looks forward to applying this education to his career in non-profit leadership, and supporting and sustaining the local culture of the Washington Metropolitan Area. In May 2016 Mr. Glee founded Chocolate Redux. Chocolate Redux is a non-profit which provides curated cultural events and programs which sustain the Black Washingtonian Experience. Chocolate Redux was the programming partner for PGAAMCC’s most popular exhibition to date, Chocolate Cities: The History, Legacy, and Sustainability of African American Urban Enclaves.

Mr. Glee states “As a native and current resident of the County, I am honored to support our cultural eco-system.  I enter this role ready to work alongside the Board, partners, and community, to fulfill the promise of PGAAMCC’s mission.”

Contact Maleke: mglee@pgaamcc.org


Laura Perez, Director of Education and Programs

Laura Perez is a lyricist, educator, fundraiser, and advocate for the arts with eleven years of experience working with educational institutions,  museums,  non-profits, and the Washington, DC hip-hop and poetry communities; she specializes in program design and management, arts integration, and cultural competence. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in African American Literature at Howard University, focusing her research on cultural hybridity and shifting identity within contemporary literary works of racial satire. Following graduation, she designed and led a District of Columbia Public Schools sponsored course that intertwined hip-hop with issues of social justice and identity. She then went on to serve as Program Director of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC. Currently, Laura is the Director of Education and Programs at Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in North Brentwood, Maryland and continues to design and implement programs that make connections between the arts, history, culture, social justice, and identity.

Contact Laura: lperez@pgaamcc.org


Treston Sanders, Gallery Coordinator 

Treston Sanders serves as the Gallery Coordinator 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, teaching 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 is currently the Education Coordinator at PGAAMCC and provides Spanish translation Early Keepers, a children’s program dedicated to teaching 3-7 year olds about Prince George’s County history and important figures. She earned her Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies from Florida International University, where she developed an interest in globally-conscious community engagement. Following graduation, she joined the founding team of VoiceLots, Inc., a technology startup that has developed a global social impact mobile application that offers scalable geospatial, marketing, and fundraising tools to help increase the effectiveness and efficiency of philanthropic work. She is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Contact Synatra: ssmith@pgaamcc.org


Tomora Wright, Marketing Coordinator

Contact Tomora: twright@pgaamcc.org


Esther Danner, Office Manager

Contact Esther: edanner@pgaamcc.org


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History of the Town of North Brentwood

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