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Melani Ida-Director of Bishop Museum
Melanie Y. Ide,
President & Chief Executive Officer, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum is delighted to welcome Melanie Y. Ide as its new president & chief executive officer effective January 8, 2018.
Melanie comes to the Museum with more than 27 years of experience in museum planning, design, and program development experience from her work as a principal of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a multi-disciplinary, planning and design firm with active projects in over twenty countries. Typically working with institutions during major capital campaigns and periods of significant transformation, she has worked collaboratively with organizations to create entirely new institutions from the ground up, as well as re-envision museums that are more than 100 years old. An architect by training, she arrives with a passion for making change through design-thinking, creativity, innovation, and community engagement.
You may know Melanie from her wonderful work on the Hawaiian Hall and Pacific Hall restoration projects from 2005-2013. She also led development of an interpretive master plan for the Museum in 2014, and is deeply aware of the Museum’s collections, scholarship, and potential. Beyond her work with Bishop Museum, she has spent lots of time on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island, where her grandparents and parents were born and raised.
Melanie has worked with the Clinton Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the International African American Museum, the Japanese American National Museum, the New York Public Library, and the American Museum of Natural History. Most recently, through RAA, she has been leading the interpretive planning and exhibition design for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, Illinois, a project with which she will continue to be involved.
“I believe that Bishop Museum is an unparalleled resource for Hawaiian and Pacific cultures and environments, with immense untapped potential. It is uniquely positioned to explore and interpret the world through multiple forms of knowledge, rooted in both cultural and scientific practices. In addition to opening up new worlds to us, museums contribute to the making of place, culture, community and shared memory. I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to nurture, develop, and strengthen one of Hawai‘i’s most treasured resources,” says Melanie of her vision for Bishop Museum.
Melanie replaces Linda Lee Kuuleilani (Cissy) Farm, who has served as interim president & CEO since June 2016. The Museum wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Cissy for her outstanding leadership in setting the tone for this exciting next chapter. Please join us in welcoming Melanie to our ‘ohana!