Erica Bondarev Rapach

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

Erica Bondarev Rapach is Associate Executive Director for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, where she is responsible for initiating and cultivating strategic partnerships to connect with campus and community while building access to the arts. She has held that position since August of 2014 and was previously Director of Marketing & Communications at The Clarice where, since 2009, she oversaw media relations, advertising, promotions, and guest experience.  

Erica came to The Clarice from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where she helped launch the BSO at Strathmore’s marketing campaign, spearheaded the redesign of the orchestra’s website and initiated its digital marketing strategy.

A violinist by hobby, Erica played with the Volgograd Symphony Orchestra while a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia and initiated a first-ever U.S. tour for the group. It was there she learned that arts administration was her true calling. She completed American University’s Arts Management Graduate program and has now returned to the program as an adjunct professor, teaching Marketing the Arts. Erica received her Bachelor's degree in International Studies and Russian Language & Literature with a minor in music from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Erica founded her own personal branding company, Restyle with Erica, in 2017 after working as an image consultant for Kristel Closets for 5 years. She is married to a fellow arts administrator, has two daughters, and is fluent in Russian. Erica finds stillness and purpose on her yoga mat.