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Jonelle Procope is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Apollo Theater, a position she has held since 2003. She became a member of the Apollo Board of Trustees in 1999. She leads a staff of over 100 full-time union and non-union employees, and an executive team responsible for all financial, production and strategic functions of the legendary Theater. The Apollo’s twenty-three-member Board of Trustees includes prominent corporate and community leaders dedicated to the continued expansion of the Theater’s influence within the United States and internationally. She has been responsible for the Board’s development and expansion as well as the adherence to best practices for governance consistent with the Apollo’s transformation into a vibrant non-profit institution. Ms. Procope has implemented a long-range plan for the preservation, restoration, and expansion of the Theater. Under her leadership, the Apollo has dramatically increased its base of financial support, while expanding its education and community programs. In 2018, the Apollo completed a comprehensive strategic planning process, which led to a five-to-ten-year implementation plan to continue its transformation into a 21st century multi-disciplinary performing arts center with the operation and management of two additional theaters in the Victoria Theater Redevelopment Project on 125th Street in Harlem.
Special guest, Jonelle Procope, comes to HarlemAmerica to visit. G. Keith Alexander looks forward to her sharing her personal and career journey to the World Famous Apollo Theater.