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After an extensive national search, El Sistema USA® is excited to announce Elizabeth Moulthrop as its new Executive Director. Since January of this year, Ms. Moulthrop has served as Co-Interim CEO, leading the organization through this final transition of leadership. While in this role, Ms. Moulthrop connected with many programs across the country, established new partnerships, and played a significant role in the National ESUSA Symposium.

“I am very excited our search process led us to select Elizabeth Moulthrop as our new Executive Director,” shares ESUSA Board President, Dr. Armand Hall. “Ms. Moulthrop possesses the correct balance of experience and passion to deepen our work of supporting youth, their families, programs, and communities. The search process prioritized diversity, equity, and our forward-looking strategic priorities. I want to thank the search committee, co-chaired by Monique van Willingh and Rey Ramirez, for their tireless work and passion, and for designing a process that reflected all the values of El Sistema USA®. I believe the membership will greatly benefit from Ms. Moulthrop’s leadership.”

“I look forward to continuing the important work of El Sistema USA® as we provide a national platform for the movement of music education for social change,” remarks Moulthrop. “I am excited to continue to work alongside a growing field of incredible change makers who work to support youth and their communities on a daily basis through music.”

– Liz Moulthrop

Elizabeth Moulthrop joins us with an extensive background in arts non profit management with El Sistema inspired programs. Ms. Moulthrop is the previous Director and founding member of the Paterson Music Project (a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts) an El Sistema-inspired after school program established in 2013 in Paterson, NJ. Ms. Moulthrop is also the founder and President of Notes for Change, Inc., a non-profit organization that has run music education programs in Pisco, Peru and served as the fiscal agent for the World Ensemble. Ms. Moulthrop is also the manager of a statewide El Sistema NJ research project studying the impact of El Sistema programs on community formation, student identity, and student social emotional growth. She is also an active member of the El Sistema NJ Alliance, ESUSA, and in the local Paterson community, serving on various nonprofit community boards and the Paterson Arts Education Taskforce. Ms. Moulthrop holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University and a Performer’s Certificate from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Currently, Ms. Moulthrop is pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Social and Urban Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Ms. Moulthrop will begin her new role at ESUSA on July 1, 2022. Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth Moulthrop!

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