The AAAE Board of Directors is responsible for the general direction of AAAE. Financial and administrative oversight is provided by an Executive Committee. Daily management and operations are provided by the Executive Director and Associate Director.
Milena Deleva holds an MA in Arts Administration from Baruch College in New York. Prior to joining the AAAE, she was the executive director of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for 14 years, overseeing the organization’s offices in Bulgaria and the United States. Under her leadership, the EKF spearheaded numerous fellowships for writers and collaborations with the Open Letter Books at University of Rochester in the US, the National Writers Center in Norwich and University of East Anglia in the UK and was shortlisted for the The London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards 2021. Milena helped curate the New Literature from Europe Festival in Manhattan, along with EUNIC members from the New York cluster.
Milena also served the Staten Island Council on the Arts and Humanities as a capacity building consultant and the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam as Cultural Policy Education Group’s coordinator and a steering committee member for the Policies for Culture Program. She has held several fellowships in the field of arts management, including CEC ArtsLink at both New York Public Library and Lincoln Center, Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University and Salzburg Summer Academy.
Milena is a co-author of Cultural Policy, Politics and Change (Amsterdam: Boekmanstichting, 2005) and the author of Technological Park Culture (Bucharest: Ecumest, 2005).
Programs & Operations Manager
A Wisconsin native, Dani Wyatt is an advocate for arts in every form. She has experience in a variety of not-for-profit organizations - most recently, Dani served as Executive Director for Monteverdi Chorale (Stevens Point, WI). She has a BA in Arts Management and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she currently serves as Administrative Assistant II for the Department of Theatre & Dance. Dani is thrilled to join the AAAE team as the Programs & Operations Manager.
Maclain Hardin-Kurza is thrilled to join AAAE as Technical Consultant for the Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship. She holds an MA in Arts Administration from Florida State University (FSU) and a BM in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in arts administration at FSU.
Maclain is Executive Director of the award-winning Tallahassee Community Chorus, one of the finest non-auditioned mixed community choral ensembles in the nation, comprised of over 200 singers from the North Florida and South Georgia region. As a 3rd-year PhD student in Arts Administration at FSU, her research considers how nonprofit choral organizations showcase resilience when met with crisis situations.