José Alejandro Morán is new chair of Arts Council board

The Arts Council for Monterey County (ACMC) elected José Alejandro Morán as Board Chair for a two-year term that started on July 1, 2019.  He succeeds Susan Breen who will continue to serve for one year as an honorary board member. 

José Alejandro Morán brings a wealth of experience in managing large scale programs in the arts. In addition to being the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County’s Salinas Clubhouse Director, Morán is one of the founding directors with Adela Castillo of the annual Noche Bohemia, a poetry, music and visual arts showcase which attracts nearly 1,000 people of all ages. Morán’s leadership capabilities are also exemplified through his work as a member of the Salinas Alisal Rotary and on the steering committee for the Latino Network for Monterey County. Morán is also a published poet, songwriter and performer.

“I am honored to serve as a leader on the Arts Council for Monterey County Board of Directors. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Arts Council mission to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region through the arts and I am thrilled at the possibilities ahead of us in these next few years,” Morán said.

The board also elected Nicollette Eason Trottier, a local realtor to her first term on the board. Also serving are: Laurie Bend, Ron Cacas, Paula de Vos, Joséph Frausto, Eric Mora, Sean Seebach, Holly Byers Ochoa, Marilyn Vierra, and Cathryn Wilkinson.

“We are so thrilled that José is willing to take on such a key leadership role. His background, experience and dedication make him the perfect fit to lead our board at this time. He has already served as our Programs Team Chair and as Chair-Elect. The Arts Council helped him get Noche Bohemia started eleven years ago and now he will be helping the Arts Council have even greater reach and impact for youth and families throughout the county,” notes Executive Director Paulette Lynch. 

For more information or to get involved with ACMC programs, contact Executive Director Paulette Lynch at 831-622-9060 x101 or visit the web site at


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