Melody Kanschat is an energetic arts professional with broad experience in management, communications, fundraising and master plan development. She is known for her enthusiastic commitment to the audiences that arts organizations serve and a perspective that synthesizes a drive for excellence with a practical sensibility. In April 2013, Melody was appointed Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. She had recently concluded a 22-year career with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where she served in a variety of executive capacities. In her final six years at LACMA, she was the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the museum, overseeing a total annual expense budget of over $60 million and a $320 million multi-year capital expansion campaign.
Before joining the LACMA staff, Melody served as the Development Director at public radio station KCSN in Northridge, California and the Operations Director for Northwest Public Radio at Washington State University. Melody is a former member of the Boards of AAM’s Development and Membership Committee, the Western Museum Association and Cornerstone Theater. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Arts for LA, MOVE LA, and the Los Angeles Associates of Save the Children. In her private practice, Melody continues to provide management and consulting services to a variety of non-profit institutions focusing on operational stability, fundraising, strategic planning, and capital project development and management. She holds a B.S. degree in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.