Effective March 5, Christopher P. DiCarlo will assume the role of President & Director of The Museum of Russian Art from retiring Director Brad Shinkle.
Following a national search by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Search Committee chair Dr. C. Ben Wright said, “the Board prioritized selecting a leader with a track record of setting clear direction for growth and transformation of non-profit organizations, and then leading teams to execute—including securing financial resources necessary to realize the organization’s mission. Chris has a distinguished record of leading change and growth in the non-profit sector. We welcome him to Minnesota and to The Museum of Russian Art.”
Mr. DiCarlo most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Ignitus Worldwide in Miami, Florida—an international non-profit organization fostering the civic development and leadership talents of young adults. Prior experience includes increasing responsibility at four separate United Way branches, including the chief executive role in Greenwood, South Carolina. He has previously held senior financial management positions with Mount Sinai Medical Center and Sanwa Bank in New York. Chris holds a BA in history and art history from Dartmouth College and MBA and MPP degrees from the University of Chicago. Commenting on his announcement, DiCarlo states: “I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at TMORA and I very much appreciate the confidence that the Board has placed in me to lead us into the future. The Museum has a widely held reputation for excellence and innovation on which to build. I look forward to working with the volunteers and staff in growing the organization and enhancing its position on the world stage.”
Board chairman William R. McLaughlin added, “We are deeply grateful to retiring director Brad Shinkle for his leadership, and look forward to his continued involvement on the Museum’s Board. TMORA is fortunate to have a terrific staff and team of passionate volunteers to operate the museum at the exceptionally high level demonstrated over the past ten years. This gave us the flexibility to select a leader with strategy and development skills to help us realize the full potential of this special cultural and educational resource in our community.”
Retiring Director Brad Shinkle notes, “I am confident that the Trustees have selected an individual with the qualifications, experience and motivation necessary to lead the Museum into its second decade of public service as part of the Twin Cities’ diverse cultural community.”