CLAREMONT, Calif., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has announced the selection of 62 museum leaders to participate in its 2017 Executive Education Programs for Museum Leaders.

This year’s selection is an international group, which includes participants from the United States and eight other countries representing North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. These participants comprise cohorts for two programs: GLI 2017 for seasoned museum executives and NextGen 2017 for mid-level managers tapped as the next generation of museum leaders. Participants are largely from visual arts and cultural organizations.

This year’s program features a diverse and impressive representation of professionals from across the museum enterprise, including 19 museum directors and curators, as well as top leadership in education, exhibitions, development, planning and administration, and technology. Competitive entry into both programs requires nominations and support from host institutions and recommendations from recognized leaders in the museum field. Selection criteria also includes candidates’ detailed analysis of the challenges they face in the immediate future; commitment to the museum field; creativity; broad strategic thinking; and the ability to influence policy and affect change at their institutions.

Faculty comes from the top ranks of educational institutions including the University of Southern California, the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College, and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at CGU. Guest lecturers in the GLI programs include researchers, practitioners, and specialists in leadership development, fundraising, marketing, audience engagement and development, and organizational and team development. The curriculum fosters learning through both theory and practice and aims to enhance museum leadership at the individual, institutional, and societal levels.

GLI 2017: The Experience, Participant Backgrounds

GLI 2017 targets museum executives in their first five to seven years in a new senior-level leadership position.

The curriculum includes modules on leadership self-assessment and development, strategic alignment and planning, mergers and alliances, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, and fundraising. The intensive and rigorous curriculum aims at deepening participants’ leadership skills to enhance their abilities to navigate challenges at their museums as well as advance the museum field at large. Participants are interested in challenges in the field pertaining to reach and relevance, branding, funding, digital technology, and board relations. Participants receive support in devising their strategic solutions with one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions. The 2017 program offers a blended learning environment that includes two weeks of asynchronous online learning in May and two weeks of classwork during a June residency on the CGU campus in Claremont, California, as well as practicum sessions and field trips to Southern California art and cultural institutions.

Participants in the 2017 cohort come from collecting and non-collecting visual arts and cultural institutions and specialized museums from around the world. Included in the group are executives from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Royal Academy of Arts; the Nanjing Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Hermitage Amsterdam. Three participants come from institutions with operating budgets over $50 million annually, 12 with budgets over $10 million, 8 with budgets above $3 million, and 13 with budgets below $3 million.

Participants in the 36-member (29 women and seven men) cohort include 14 museum directors, CEOs, presidents, vice presidents and deputy directors, as well as those who head curatorial, education, exhibitions, development, conservation, finance, operations, and digital initiatives. Senior-level managers from cultural heritage and mixed discipline institutions fill out the class to ensure a diversity of perspectives and experiences for group discussions. Participants have worked in the museum field for 17 years on average; have been in their current positions for an average of five years and have a median age of 48.

About GLI

Now in its 38th year and generously supported by the Getty Foundation, GLI is the world’s premier learning and thought leadership network for museum leaders. GLI boasts over 1,600 alumni from 40 countries around the globe. This year’s programs deliver robust and intensive curricula in a blended learning format combining online and residency modules. The residency programs take place at the Claremont Graduate University campus in Claremont, California, with site visits to Southern California art and cultural institutions.

In addition, GLI produces NextGen Now, a new program for emerging professionals in their first 10 years in the field. This program first ran in October 2015. It convened 16 alumni of the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program from primarily Southern California visual arts and cultural organizations for two weeks of blended learning that included modules on design thinking, diversity, team management, and leadership.

GLI 2017 Participants

Lynne Ambrosini

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Taft Museum of Art

Cincinnati, OH


Tzo Zen Ang

Director of Strategy and Operations

Royal Academy of Arts

London, England


Anne Barrett

Director of Collections and Exhibitions

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Chicago, IL


Julie Bevan

Executive Director

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Nanaimo, BC, Canada


Genny Boccardo-Dubey

Deputy Director

Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach, CA


Jorrit Britschgi

Director of Exhibitions, Collections and Research

Rubin Museum of Art

New York, NY


Gylbert Coker

Executive Director

The Mitchell Young Anderson Thomasville, GA


Elizabeth Cotton

Head of Human History

Auckland Museum

Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand


Marie-Dominique De Keersmaecker

Head of Cultural partnerships & Programmes

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Genève, Switzerland


Paul Donnelly

Associate Director

Sydney University Museums

Sydney, NSW, Australia


Dawn Salerno

Deputy Director for Public Engagement

Mystic Museum of Art

Mystic, CT


Elsa Smithgall


The Phillips Collection

Washington, DC

Kristina Durocher


Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH


Michael Edson

Co-Founder / Associate Director / Head of Digital

The Museum for the United Nations – UN Live

Copenhagen, Denmark


Jacqueline Grandjean

Executive Director

Oude Kerk

Amsterdam, NL, Netherlands


Penni Hall

Head, Administration


Hong Kong, China


Linda C. Harrison

Executive Director

Museum of the African Diaspora

San Francisco, CA


Colleen Higginbotham

Director of Visitor Services

Chrysler Museum of Art

Norfolk, VA


Rock Hushka

Chief Curator

Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma, WA


Sarah Jesse

Associate Vice President, Education

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, CA


Sean Kelley

Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Philadelphia, PA


Meta Knol


Museum De Lakenhal

Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands


Laine Snyder

Executive Director

Zanesville Museum of Art

Zanesville, OH


Michele Urton

Exhibitions Manager

Skirball Cultural Center

Los Angeles, CA


Hunter Wright

Venture Innovation Director

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis, MN


Xiaofan Li

Associate Professor

Kunming Museum

Kunming, Yunnan, China


Brian Mancuso

Director of Exhibits

Conner Prairie

Fishers, IN


Cindy Martinez

Chief Financial Officer

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Hartford, CT


Sue Medway


Chelsea Physic Garden

London, United Kingdom


Paul Mosterd

Deputy Director

Hermitage Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands


Ellen Owens

Director of Learning Programs

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Philadelphia, PA


Heather Pesanti

Senior Curator

The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria

Austin, TX


Jordana Pomeroy


Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Miami, FL


Deborah Roldan

Assistant Director, Exhibitions

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston, TX


Carolyn Royston

Director of Digital and Information Services

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Boston, MA


Jing Zheng

Associate Director

Nanjing Museum

Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

NextGen 2017

NextGen 2017 has been designed for mid-level staff in their first three to five years as managers. Modules introduce participants to concepts and practical skill-building in the areas of leadership, audience engagement, time management, fundraising, organizational development, and design thinking and strategy. Participants are interested in issues of audience engagement, global connectivity, diversity, organizational management, and leadership development. NextGen 2017 is a blended learning course running in March 2017 with one week of asynchronous online learning followed by one week in residence on the Claremont Graduate University campus.

The NextGen cohort is 26 members strong (nineteen women and 7 men) and included museum professionals from the United States, Abu Dhabi, Australia, and New Zealand. On average, the students were 35 years old, and were in their positions for 2.75 years, with 8.5 year of experience in the field. Institutions represented by the cohort include the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Jewish Museum.

NextGen 2017 Participants

Joud Al Marar

Programme Officer

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Noura Al Mubarak

Programmes Coordinator

Zayed National Museum

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Chris Alexander

Digital Media Manager

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

Stanford, CA


Desmond Bertrand-Pitts

Executive Director

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Houston, TX


Claire Blaylock

Executive Director

Museum of the Oregon Territory

Oregon City, OR


Megan DiRienzo

Interpretive Planner

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit, MI


Devi Noor

Curatorial Assistant, American Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, CA


Jennifer Ortiz

Museum Services Manager

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Salt Lake City, UT


Klaudio Rodriguez


Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Miami, FL

Erin Dougherty

Head of Public Programs and Community Engagement

High Museum of Art

Atlanta, GA


Seth Feman

Curator of Exhibitions and Acting Curator of Photography

The Chrysler Museum of Art

Norfolk, VA


Heather Flaherty

Curator of Education

The Trout Gallery

Carlisle, PA


Michelle Gallagher Roberts

Head of Registration & Collections

New Mexico Museum of Art

Santa Fe, NM


Victoria Gerard

Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions

Bowers Museum 

Santa Ana, CA


Kristin Hayashi

Curatorial Assistant, History Dept.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles, CA


Samantha Sung

Graphic Designer

Colburn School

Los Angeles


Kelly Taxter

Associate Curator

The Jewish Museum

New York, NY


Molleen Theodore

Associate Curator of Programs

Yale University Art Gallery

New Haven, CT

Alexa Kim

Program Associate

Self Help Graphics & Art

Los Angeles, CA


Ryan King

Digital Experience Designer

Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Museum of Asian Art

Washington, DC


Jenny Leung

Director of Communications

Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA


Nisa Mackie

Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs

Walker Art Center

Minneapolis, MN


Bridget Mosley


Museum of Transport and Technology

Auckland, New Zealand


Philip Nadasdy

Manager of Public Programs

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle, WA


Ryan Waggoner

Collections Photographer

Spencer Museum of Art

Lawrence, KS


Helen Walpole


National Sports Museum

East Melbourne, VIC, Australia

About Claremont Graduate University

Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of a select few American universities devoted solely to graduate-level education with more than 2,000 students pursuing graduate degrees in more than 20 distinct areas of study. The university belongs to a consortium of schools in Southern California that includes Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Keck Graduate Institute. Students are encouraged to look beyond the traditional disciplinary divisions and define their own unique program of study—CGU’s transdisciplinary trademark. CGU’s other distinctions include serving as the home of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and the annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

About the Drucker School of Management and  
the Arts Management and Arts Business programs

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management offers a variety of professional degrees, including MBA, PMBA, EMBA, and the MS in Financial Engineering. Named for the father of modern business management education and world-renowned author and consultant, Peter Drucker, and accomplished global business leader and philanthropist, Masatoshi Ito, the school produces graduates who have a strong sense of social responsibility and a deep desire to make a difference. The school has expanded the traditional path in business education by offering innovative programs focused in the Creative Industries. The Arts Management and Arts Business programs bring together core values and a unique philosophy about business, leadership and management in the arts. A collaboration between Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the School of Arts & Humanities, the Drucker School of Management, and the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, the programs feature an MA degree in Art Business and in Arts Management with a concentration in non-profit management, art museum management, or the management of media, entertainment, and the performing arts.

Major funding for GLI at CGU is provided by the Getty Foundation

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. Additional information is available at

Melody Kanschat 
Executive Director 
Getty Leadership Institute 
Claremont Graduate University 
[email protected]


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