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Deputy Director of Finance & Operations
The Studio Museum in Harlem

Region: New York City

Committee(s): Strategic Planning

Sheila McDaniel has over 28 years of non-profit management experience, the last 18 years in executive positions overseeing change management processes, operations & administrative infrastructures, strategic planning and financial management.  Her expertise includes budget development and analysis, auditing and endowment management, capital project management, including both facility/plant and technology projects, risk management and strategic planning. 

Sheila joined The Studio Museum in Harlem staff as the Deputy Director, Finance and Administration in August of 2004.  Prior to joining The Studio Museum in Harlem, she was Associate Executive Director of Operations at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc. 

At The Studio Museum in Harlem, Sheila has served as a member of the leadership team responsible for the implementation of the Museum’s strategic plan.  Tasked with the oversight of managing the organizations growth and capacity she has introduced new internal controls and budgetary procedures and management policies to help strengthen the institution’s finances, built an HR infrastructure that focuses on professional/leadership development and fosters an organizational culture that centers excellence, collaboration and learning at its core.  Sheila has extensive experience overseeing capital projects including the renovation of the Harvey Milk High School, completion of multiple renovations of the Studio Museum’s current location as well as project oversight for the Studio Museum’s current capital project to build a new museum building designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, OBE. 

In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Sheila also holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College-Columbia University.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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