Michael Govan Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Michael Govan joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director in 2006. For the previous 11 years, Mr. Govan was President and Director of the New York City-based Dia Art Foundation, a nonprofit institution devoted to contemporary art. Under his leadership, Dia dramatically increased its exhibitions and related programs. He conceived and realized Dia:Beacon, a 300,000-square-foot museum on the banks of the Hudson devoted to Dia’s renowned collection of artwork from the 1960s to the present, and successfully completed an $80-million capital campaign to build and endow the museum. From 1988–94, Mr. Govan served as Deputy Director of the Guggenheim Museum, and prior to that helped found MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) while at Williams College, where he studied art history and fine art.