Jody Alessandrine: Cape May MAC Director & CEO Leads Organization Forward During Challenging Times
(April 14, 2020) CAPE MAY — Jody Alessandrine of Town Bank is Cape May MAC’s Director & CEO. He took over the position full-time in February, just as the COVID-19 virus began to take hold across the nation. “Timing is Everything” and that’s certainly true here.
“While the 2008 Financial Crisis pales in severity compared to the current pandemic — now, it’s physical lives, not solely financial capabilities being lost — the experience did prepare me in a sense,” Alessandrine said.
His extensive experience in the non-profit and for-profit worlds, as well as in local government, have served the organization well during this time of crisis and uncertainty.
Ironically, it was just before the economy went into recession in 2008 that he assumed the role of Executive Director of the Downtown State College Improvement District.
“We made it through that storm in a better situation financially,” he said. “It’s with that attitude that our entire Cape May MAC staff is approaching this historic challenge. But we cannot do it alone. Now, more than ever, those who have appreciated all that MAC has provided culturally to the Cape region, for any period of our 50-year history, are desperately needed to show how much the organization has enriched their lives, so that we can continue to do so for them, and for future generations of their families.”
Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) is a multifaceted, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all and has many benefits. Visit capemaymac.org/support/membership to learn more. For information about Cape May MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals and special events, visit capemaymac.org. For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at capemaylodging.com. For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609–884–5508. For information on the city’s COVID-19 response, please visit capemaystrong.com.
Susan Krysiak is Director of Media Relations for Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture). www.capemaymac.org.