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2023 Museum Institute Leaders

Chloe Hayward (she/her) is an educator, artist and art therapist residing on the unceded land of the Lenape, otherwise known as Brooklyn, New York. She believes in the power of art to transform systems, selves and structures. Her latest written work Museums as Therapeutic Space: Centralizing the Voices of People of Color, is part of a larger anthology Museum Based Art Therapy: A Collaborative Effort with Access, Education, and Public Programs. Chloe has worked in museums for over two decades, and regularly serves as a consultant for art institutions and cultural organizations. Chloe also serves on the Board of Directors for Artistic Noise, an organization which provides self-expression through art for system impacted youth.

As Associate Director of Education at The Studio Museum in Harlem, she co-creates with her department to provide a robust focus on the intersection between art, education and mental health, overseeing programs and projects rooted in community care and abolition. Her work uses the power of the creative arts process to bring awareness and promote social change, equity, and inclusion.

Sheila McDaniel has over 30 years of non-profit management experience, the last 24 years in executive positions overseeing change management processes, operations & administrative infrastructures, strategic planning, and financial management.

In September 2020, Sheila joined the National Gallery of Art in a historic appointment as the first Black woman to assume the role of Administrator. As Administrator, Sheila served on the Executive team. She led teams critical to the museum’s operations: administrative support, architecture and capital improvement, facilities, horticulture, personnel, procurement, and security. She oversaw a division of 440 employees and an annual budget of $120 million for operations and facilities.

Before joining the National Gallery of Art, Sheila served for 16 years as the Deputy Director, Finance and Operations at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Prior to joining The Studio Museum in Harlem, she was Associate Executive Director of Operations at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc, an education and social service organization.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Sheila also holds a Master's of Public Administration from Baruch College. She has completed coursework toward a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College-Columbia University.

Dan Yaeger is a Senior Search Consultant at Museum Search & Reference. He served as NEMA’s executive director for 12 years and has a 20-year history with museums, including as the director of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has served as a marketing communications consultant to institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Mariner’s Museum of Virginia, Old Sturbridge Village, John F. Kennedy Library, and Plimoth Plantation. He has also been a consultant to the publishing industry and to hospitality businesses throughout the U.S. Dan has been adjunct professor, guest lecturer, advisor, and fellow at Tufts, Harvard, Brown, Bentley, and Lasell. He holds a BA from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree from Harvard.

Ilk Yasha is an educator, arts administrator, and multidisciplinary facilitator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. He currently manages the Studio Museum Institute, a suite of programs that trains and mentors art and museum leaders from historically marginalized backgrounds including scholars, curators, and educators. Ilk has worked with arts and cultural organizations such as The Museum of Modern Art, Pioneer Works, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum of the City of New York, and Brooklyn Historical Society. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at New York University. He holds a PhD in history with a focus on Middle Eastern & Mediterranean studies, an MA in policy studies and political science, and a BS in biology.

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