Our Staff


Monica Montgomery, Executive Director

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


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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A Brief History of PGAAMCC

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History of the Town of North Brentwood

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