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Sheila McDaniel

Interim Executive Director

Sheila McDaniel has over 30 years of non-profit management experience, the last 24 years in executive positions overseeing change management processes, operations & administrative infrastructures, strategic planning, and financial management.

In September 2020, Sheila joined the National Gallery of Art in a historic appointment as the first Black woman to assume the role of Administrator. As Administrator, Sheila served on the Executive team. She led teams critical to the museum’s operations: administrative support, architecture and capital improvement, facilities, horticulture, personnel, procurement, and security. She oversaw a division of 440 employees and an annual budget of $120 million for operations and facilities.

Before joining the National Gallery of Art, Sheila served for 16 years as the Deputy Director, Finance and Operations at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Prior to joining The Studio Museum in Harlem, she was Associate Executive Director of Operations at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc, an education and social service organization.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Sheila also holds a Master's of Public Administration from Baruch College. She has completed coursework toward a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College-Columbia University.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

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

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