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 60 union and non-union employees, and an executive team responsible for all financial, production and strategic functions of the legendary Theater. The Apollo’s thirty-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, expanded its education and community programs and launched a strategic plan to transform the institution into a 21st century performing arts center through the creation of large-scale artistic initiatives and unique artistic collaborations with an array of prominent cultural organizations including The Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Ms. Procope also sits on the boards of the Women’s Forum of New York, New York Public Radio, the Arthur Ashe Learning Center, the 125th Street B.I.D., NYC & Company and the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Committee. Ms. Procope received her B.A. degree from Howard University, her J.D. from St. Johns University, and is a member of the New York State Bar.