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UMFA Special Projects Director Selected for Getty Leadership Institute

Salt Lake City – The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah is pleased to announce that Sonja Lunde, the Museum’s director of planning and special projects, has been selected for one of the Getty Leadership Institute’s prestigious 2015 Executive Education Programs. Lunde, 38, is one of 26 museum leaders chosen for GLI’s NextGen cohort, which targets mid-level managers in the first three years in their positions.

Sonja LundeThis year’s NextGen program includes participants from the United States, China, Colombia and Canada, from such institutions as the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The program introduces fellows to theories and concepts around engaging audiences, influence and negotiation, and design thinking and strategy.

Lunde is the second UMFA leader chosen for a GLI leadership program. Last spring UMFA executive director Gretchen Dietrich was the first woman from Utah chosen for GLI’s Executive Education Program for senior-level executives. The GLI Executive Education Programs, now in their 36th year, are the world’s foremost professional development programs for museum leaders.

Lunde joined the UMFA in 2008 as a development officer after four years of development work with Intermountain Healthcare. She is currently president of the Utah Museums Association Board of Directors. A Vermont native, she has a BA in art history from George Washington University and is completing an MA in communication at the University of Utah.

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