The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities in Cape May (MAC) announced that after an extensive, national search, Jody Alessandrine, of Town Bank, has been selected as its new director & chief executive officer. His tenure will begin in mid-February.
Alessandrine will succeed B. Michael Zuckerman, who has been at the helm of MAC for 37 years and is retiring early in the new year. The incoming director has extensive experience in the non-profit and for-profit worlds, as well as in local government.
He earned a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Alessandrine served as the executive director of two Special Improvement districts - Toms River, and State College, Pa. - and the inaugural director of the former Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority’s Foundation. He has also served as a municipal administrator and was elected three times to Ocean City Council.
In 2002, Alessandrine was gubernatorially appointed to the board of the New Jersey Historic Trust, where he was the chairman of both its Education Outreach and Nominating committees.
“We are very pleased to find such a perfect applicant within our own community, and already an active member of our organization,” stated Tom Carroll, president of MAC’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Director Search Team.
“It’s been my privilege to know and admire Jody for more than 20 years,” stated outgoing Director Zuckerman. “Between his passion for historic preservation and his deep experience in non-profit management, I believe that he’ll be the ideal successor to sustain and build on my legacy at MAC.”
“The opportunity to lead the MAC staff and volunteers into its next chapter is the highlight of my professional career,” stated Alessandrine. “Having been a MAC member for the better part of 25 years, I wholeheartedly understand and appreciate what this organization has done to put Cape May back on the map, and has continued to be the preservation juggernaut and tourism economy engine for the Lower Cape. While it’s impossible to fill the shoes per se of a 37-year veteran, I pledge to do my best to build upon Michael’s grand accomplishments, and help make MAC’s next chapter be highlighted by increasing its contributions to the cultural offerings and overall tourism economy of our special area.”