The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) has named Todd Yuhanick, a film producer and former president of a local public relations company, to serve as interim CEO while its board searches for a permanent leader.

Yuhanick succeeds former CEO Donna Drew Sawyer, who resigned in January after Mayor Brandon Scott said he lost confidence in her leadership of the quasi public agency, which receives city funds to produce Artscape and other citywide festivals. BOPA board chair Brian Lyles has been overseeing the agency since mid-January, without pay.

“I am honored and excited to take on the role of Interim CEO” for BOPA, Yuhanick said in a statement. “Working alongside our incredible team and dedicated board, and with the support of City leaders, we will support and empower local creatives, collaborate closely with cultural institutions, and ensure that artistic and cultural programming thrives and reaches the widest possible audience in every part of our community.”

Interim CEO OF BOPA, TODD Yuhanick

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