Katie Caljean has assumed the position of president and CEO of the Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC), replacing Mark Letzer, who stepped down.
Letzer now becomes executive chairman of the organization after spending seven years as president and CEO and being affiliated with the organization for 28 years.
Approved by the MCHC board of directors, Caljean has served as senior vice president of education and strategic engagement and in various roles over the course of 10 years. She has led some of the museum and library’s most successful initiatives, including the development of the new virtual learning studios.
Caljean has served in many capacities, from organizing fundraising events to strategic planning. With Education as her focus, she has overseen multiple departments, including K-12 education, university-level programs, youth and family programs, adult tours, virtual public programs, community outreach, strategic partnerships, and academic publications.
Letzer has overseen a period of reimagining of the museum and its role in the community, its rebranding in 2020, and more recently its latest exhibition, Passion and Purpose: Voices of Maryland’s Civil Rights Activists. In his new capacity, Letzer will assist Caljean in the transition by focusing on advancement, special collections and projects until June 2023.
ABOUT KATIE CALJEAN
Bachelor of Arts anthropology with minors in archaeology and arts administration from Drew University and an Master of Arts in museum anthropology from Columbia University, a joint graduate program with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?
I love the outdoors, travel, and discovery. My heart is in archaeological fieldwork, but working as a “shovel bum” is not the most predictable and stable lifestyle.
In September, I visited wine country in Sonoma, California with friends from all over the country and went hot air ballooning over the vineyards.
When I want to relax … :
I practice hot yoga, play Scrabble with my husband and build engineering contraptions with my 5-year-old daughter.
Favorite book, movie and band:
My favorite book is “Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy,” by Dave Hickey, which is a collection of critical essays or “love songs” about art and culture; “The Fountain,” directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz is my favorite film. It is a stunningly beautiful film that plays with time, perception and our place in the universe. And, Iron & Wine is my favorite band, led by Sam Beam, who I saw perform for the first time in Nashville at The Ryman Auditorium. The layering of the performance was meticulous with a new instrument added with each song building to a symphonic sound.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead