Witnie Martinez will join the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture as director of development, effective June 12.

Martinez was drawn to the Gantt Center because of her “strong passion for the arts and how they positively influence at-risk communities,” Gantt Center officials said in announcing her appointment.

She previously worked in administration, education, and non-profit management.

“Her enthusiasm for the work that we do and her keen ability to cultivate relationships make her the ideal person to help guide us in this next phase of growth,” Gantt Center President and CEO David Taylor said in a statement.

As director of development, Martinez will focus largely on fundraising.


More about Witnie Martinez:

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and grant specialist certification, all from Florida International University; Master of Science in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Currently pursuing education specialist degree in educational leadership.

Quote: “From what I’ve seen in my own community, the arts transform students on a personal and creative level more than any other field. My desire in this new role is to impact and educate as many students and members of the overall community as possible through exhibits, collections and events.”

Family: lives in Charlotte with husband Ryan and son Brayden.