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Leadership Team

Kaywin Feldman is the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She also serves on the boards of National Arts Strategies, the Chipstone Foundation, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and is a member of the Bizot Group. She is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a past chair of AAM.

Julianne Amendola is Chief Advancement Officer. During more than 12 years at Mia, she has created and implemented strategies to raise funds from a variety of constituents to support the museum’s mission. She leads the advancement team to successfully raise contributed revenue from individual donors, corporations, and foundations, oversees donor stewardship and fundraising events, and has launched Mia’s innovative membership model.

Karleen Gardner is Director of Learning Innovation and leads strategic initiatives and experiments in learning and interpretation. Through programs, tours, studio classes, and community partnerships, her team creates engaging art experiences that are accessible and relevant for audiences of all ages and abilities. She has been at Mia since 2012 and in the museum education field for 15 years.

Patricia Grazzini is Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer.  She has been with the museum since 1992, serving as both COO and CFO.  She manages the museum business—both front of house and back of house—with a focus on enhancing the visitor experience.  Her responsibilities include finance & accounting, building operations, security, property acquisition and management, government & community relations, visitor & member services, retail, events, human resources, and strategic planning.

Douglas Hegley is Director of Media and Technology. During more than 18 years in the museum technology field he has helped create collaborative technology environments, set the vision and strategy for technology and digital media, and sought to deeply engage audiences with great stories delivered digitally.

Michele Nichols is Chief of Staff. She serves as the primary support person regarding leadership team initiatives in service of institutional priorities, manages key planning and implementation processes for the director, and oversees board relations for the museum. She has been at Mia since 1995, and has worked in museum administration for over 25 years.

Kristin Prestegaard is Chief Engagement Officer. She oversees the Audience Engagement division, including marketing, public relations, design and editorial, and custom visits. She plays a lead role in strategizing audience engagement initiatives, and has worked in the marketing field for over 15 years.

Matthew Welch is Deputy Director and Chief Curator. He has been with the museum since 1990, and currently plays a key role in charting the museum’s strategic vision. He is presently overseeing an initiative to optimize the visitor experience through compelling, accessible narratives and welcoming in-gallery experiences. At the same time, he is committed to advancing the museum’s national and international reputation through scholarship, exhibitions, and important acquisitions.

Hunter Wright is Venture Innovation Director and drives strategic partnerships and new business models for the museum. She joined Mia in 2012 after working in New York City’s cultural sector for over 10 years.

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