MIM announces new director of institutional advancement

Melissa Santana (Special to the Independent/Musical Instrument Museum)

Melissa Santana (Special to the Independent/Musical Instrument Museum)

The Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix has announced Melissa M. Santana as its new director of institutional advancement.

Ms. Santana brings to MIM more than 20 years of experience in developing fund-raising strategies for institutions in the arts and education.

At the University of Turabo (part of the Ana G. Mendez University System in Puerto Rico), she served five years as assistant vice-chancellor for development and executed four major fund-raising campaigns over nine years, raising $8 million toward a capital campaign and scholarship fund, according to a press release.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Melissa to MIM,” stated April Salomon, MIM’s executive director, in the release. “Her extensive background and experience in fund-raising as well as in marketing will be important assets to MIM’s growth in our sixth year of operation.”

From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Santana was executive director of the Musical Arts Corporation, the government umbrella organization that oversees the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Casals Festival, the Pablo Casals Museum and the Inter-American Festival of the Arts, among other entities.

In addition to her other accomplishments, Ms. Santana was executive director of EduK Education Foundation, a Puerto Rico–based nonprofit founded in 2012 to provide financial assistance to deserving but underprivileged postsecondary students in Puerto Rico and Florida.

“It is an honor to be part of MIM’s family and contribute to the continuous development of this amazing institution that inspires and educates guests through one of the most important languages in humanity — music,” stated Ms. Santana in the release.

In July 2015, Ms. Santana was named one of the “15 Women Who Lead” in Puerto Rico by Caribbean Business. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, where she studied music education and voice perfor-mance, along with a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from the University of Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

“As a musician herself, Melissa understands the importance of MIM’s mission and the transformational impact music has on our lives. We’re looking forward to the immediate and lasting contributions she will make to our organization,” stated Ms. Salomon in the release.

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