Pequot Library hires new executive director


Pequot Library’s most recent executive director Martha Gates Lord is shown here with the incoming executive director, Heather-Mari Montilla.

After two and a half years at the helm of Pequot Library, Martha Gates Lord is stepping down from her position as executive director.

“I am retiring from full-time employment in order to have more personal flexibility to enjoy family, friends and other interests,” Lord said. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve our community by leading this remarkable institution.”

Heather-Marie Montilla has been named the new executive director. She is the former executive director of New York City’s Doing Art Together, a boutique visual arts education nonprofit dedicated to bringing hands-on workshops to under-resourced New York City children.

Montilla was the director of development for the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. Prior to that, she was a development officer with Community Impact at Columbia University and executive director and founding trustee of the Ted Thomas Dance Foundation for the Public in New York City.

Montilla has a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

“I am so thrilled to join the Pequot Library as the new executive director,” Montilla said. “The Pequot Library is such a special place, and I look forward to working with the talented staff, dedicated board and committed volunteers. I hope to build long-lasting strategic partnerships with Fairfield Public Library and other libraries, cultural institutions, nonprofits and schools to offer high quality programs inspired by our special collections. Through these collaborations, it is my expectation that the Pequot Library will have a collective impact on the Fairfield community and beyond.”

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