CCTV Hires New Executive Director

CCTV Hires New Executive Director

Jessica Smyser will lead CCTV

  • Posted on: 23 December 2020
  • By: Susan

CCTV announces Jessica Smyser (she/her) will succeed Susan Fleischmann as CCTV’s next Executive Director. Fleischmann joined CCTV’s staff at its founding in 1988 and has served as Executive Director for the past 27 years. Smyser will be CCTV’s third Executive Director.

“I’ve long admired both the excellence of CCTV’s programming and the importance of their mission. CCTV’s work to nurture a strong, equitable and diverse community by fostering free speech, civic engagement, and creative expression is more relevant today than ever. I’m thrilled to be a leader in CCTV’s next stage of innovation, and look forward to contributing to CCTV’s long-term sustainability, ensuring access and excellence for years to come,” said Smyser.

Smyser brings to CCTV over 14 years of progressive non-profit leadership experience. She comes to CCTV from the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by composers Aaron Stern and Leonard Bernstein. In her capacity there as a strategic leader for the past eight years, Smyser championed the power of learning and the arts, creating connection, healing and justice for people of all ages. For the past four years, Smyser has also been an adjunct professor, teaching Leadership and Non-profit Management in the Van Loan School of Professional Studies at Endicott College.

Smyser returns to Cambridge where she previously lived for over 10 years, working as a Marketing Director at Cambridge-based Rounder Records; as General Manager at Somerville-based Q Division; and was a member of CCTV.

She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College and a Master’s degree from Claremont Lincoln University in Organizational Leadership.