Depelsha Thomas McGruder is CEO of the new contemporary arts institution emerging from the partnership of two landmark Brooklyn cultural organizations, 651 ARTS and MoCADA. This new position builds on Depelsha’s longtime commitment to building media platforms and increasing visibility for people of color. Most recently, Depelsha served as Senior Vice President of Programming for BET Networks and as Senior Vice President of Business Operations for CENTRIC, a cable television network for which she led the launch and rebranding as a network designed for Black women. Depelsha is also the founder of Moms of Black Boys United, Inc. and MOBB United for Social Change, Inc. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and is active in the community, serving on the the boards of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and The Billie Holiday Theater. McGruder is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Inc. McGruder graduated first in her class with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.