After graduating in 2005 with a double major in art history and studio art, I spent a few years in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, first as a full-time intern to the curators of contemporary art and then as an assistant within the registration department. Having the two positions back-to-back wound up being of great value to me, as it helped me realize that despite having long assumed that I wanted to be a curator, I actually far preferred being in an operations role that allowed me to focus on logistics and finance.

With that, I decided to pursue a Masters of Business Administration at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, where I fell in love with accounting. After earning my MBA and a professional certificate in accounting, I moved back to my hometown of Minneapolis in January of 2011.

I am deeply passionate about creating successful and sustainable mission-driven organizations, and it had always been my desire to take my business education back to the museum industry. I am delighted to be working towards that goal in my current role as an accountant at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where I manage the gift accounting, capital spending and fund activity for artwork acquisition. A good deal of my time is spent creating financial models, tracking museum spending and trying to dispel the notion that there are “creative” types and “business” types and never the twain shall meet.