The President of a Leading US Museum is an Indian-American Architect
Sharma has served on the DMA's board since 2017 and is presently a member of the acquisitions committee, according to a press statement from the organisation
Gowri Natarajan Sharma, an Indian-American, has been appointed as the new board president of the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), one of the ten major art museums in the US. She is the first person of colour to hold this position in the 119-year history of the organisation. The choice was made last week, following the museum's current board's election to ratify the new 2022–2023 board. Sharma was chosen without a vote.
Sharma has served on the DMA's board since 2017 and is presently a member of the acquisitions committee, according to a press statement from the organisation. She has held the position of vice president on the executive committee and served as co-chair of the committee for strategic planning and learning and engagement. She is currently a member of the DMA Acquisition Fund established by the Dallas Art Fair and participates in the building and grounds committee. She was a pioneering board member of UNICEF's North Texas and Central Plains branch and an executive member of the Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women's Foundation. She was also an active donor (TXWF). At The Lamplighter School, Sharma chairs the construction committee serves on the executive committee and is a member of the talkStem advisory board. She works as an advisor for her family's business and has a master's in architecture.
One of America's largest museums, the DMA has an endowment of about USD 270 million. The new DMA board has also welcomed Dr Venugopal Menon, an Indian-American former vice president of technology at Texas Instruments, as a trustee, in what is seen as a step toward greater diversity. According to a DMA press release, the new board officers and trustees represent a diverse range of backgrounds, international leadership experience, and distinction in business, technology, architectural design, and creative fields.
After a 24-year career, Dr Menon left Texas Instruments in 2019. Since joining the DMA board of trustees in 2009, he has held a number of positions, including treasurer and member of the budget and finance committee. He presently chairs the marketing committee and sits on the executive and investment committees. Menon is a member of the Lyle School of Engineering's executive board at SMU.
The DMA is a collaboration of various cultures, concepts, and viewpoints, according to Sharma, the recently elected president. "The board of trustees is committed to engaging with and amplifying community perspectives to connect with the varied areas the museum serves. They recognise their vital role in the governance and leadership of the museum. They are happy to have a board that represents the ideals of the area, and welcome guests to the DMA to find their inspiration there.