Erica Bondarev Rapach

Associate Executive Director
Erica Lee Bondarev
Erica Bondarev Rapach photo by Nichole Haun

I am a cultural omnivore, personal stylist and an ENFJ. I played violin with the Volgograd Symphony Orchestra while a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia and initiated a first-ever U.S. tour for the group. This convinced me that arts management was my true calling and I haven’t looked back.

I began my arts career with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where I advanced their digital footprint. Now I am a leader at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, a major public research institution. We are not afraid to fail. We pursue the advancement of cross-disciplinary knowledge and incubate creative talent as we build the future of the arts.

I help guide the future of Happenstance Theater and Dance Exchange through board and advisory council roles. I am a Personal Stylist with Kristel Closets because we communicate part of our story with how we present ourselves and I believe everyone should take control of what they are saying.

I have lived overseas and outside my comfort zone. I am a mother of two young daughters who speak 3 languages, break dance and build things with their hands. I am married to a fellow arts administrator. I am organized, motivated and enthusiastic and am at my happiest when I'm not sitting still. I believe in brands that are provocative and inquisitive. I’m @makestyleart. I am limitless. I skirt the rules. Namaste.