Please welcome Mónica Félix as the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s new Executive Director! If you did not get a chance to meet her in person at our Activating Heritage Networking Brunch, you will have another chance to meet her (at least virtually!) at our next Town Hall, Friday, April 1, 3pm. Register for that here.

Some of you may remember Mónica from her time working for DANK Haus German American Cultural Center! Here is a little more information on her background:

Mónica Félix has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago with specializations
in German and Russian literature and a B.A. in German and Linguistics from Lawrence University. She
began her career in public humanities with her role as the Museum Director of the DANK Haus
German American Cultural Center in Chicago. To support new programming for diverse audiences,
she formed partnerships with fellow Alliance organizations to plan an International Game Night,
secured funding for genealogy resources, and greatly expanded the museum internship program to
draw students from across Chicagoland.

Her nonprofit leadership experience continued when she stepped into the role of Chief Administrative
Officer of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), the principal learned society in the
United States for scholars whose work involves several literatures and cultures. As the ACLA’s first
CAO, she oversaw multi-year planning of the organization’s 3,000-attendee annual meeting,
implemented strategic planning, founded a development committee, established a new digital
infrastructure, and overhauled the membership management structure.

You can contact her at [email protected] or 312-858-8623. Mónica will be working on getting to know all of our Core and Partner Members in the coming weeks and months, and is very much looking forward to working with all of you!

Thank you so much for all of your support during our search for a new ED. It has meant a lot to the staff to have the wonderful Members of the Alliance supporting us with patience and kindness.

-Marie Rowley
Marketing and Communications Manager