Heather Montilla

A photo of Heather Montilla

Part-Time Lecturer, Arts & Entertainment Management

Theatre Arts; Arts Management & Administration



Heather-Marie Montilla, a dynamic integrative leader, has worked in arts, cultural, educational, and community-building arenas for nearly 20 years. She is currently the National Director of PBS Books, developing and producing book-related programs to engage nationwide audiences. She teaches at Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University.

Having been an Executive Director for 8 years, Heather has a wide range of experience in management, finance, strategic planning, marketing and fundraising, as well as designing and implementing resource development and management plans that motivate staff and increase community engagement.

Heather holds an MPA From Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with an Advanced Management Technique and Finance and a BA from Duke University with a double major in Public Policy and Art History, as well as a Markets and Management certificate.
In addition, Heather participated in the DeVos Institute of Arts Management programs focused on Capacity Building, Strategic Planning and Strategic Planning Implementation. As an instructor at Eastern Michigan University Professor Montilla has taught AMA 313/513 Contemporary Issues in Arts Management and AMA 240 Managing the Creative Process.


  • MPA, Public Administration (Advanced Management Technique & Finance), Columbia University, 2004
  • BA, Public Policy, Art History, and Markets & Management 1999


  • AMA 240 Managing the Creative Process
  • AMA 313/513 Contemporary Issues in Arts Management