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Natalie VanOverbeke Vasher

Natalie VanOverbeke Vasher

Director of Partnerships and Chief of Staff

The University of Michigan Museum of Art


Energetic and motivated arts administrator in full belief that the world cannot function without beauty, in all forms, and that this appreciation connects humanity, deeply, through cultures and history.





University of Michigan Museum of Art

Assistant to the Director and Special Projects

UMMA is a world-class institution located within the campus of the University of Michigan. The University fully supports the mission and existence of UMMA on campus as a unique resource for students. UMMA continues to strive to create diverse experiences through art for its community, locally and nationally, in order to expand and support world views and the understanding of people and culture.

• Administrative support and high-level project management for the Director’s office with close collaboration with the senior management staff
• Manages communications with major lenders and donors and works to steward these relationships on behalf of the Director and the Museum through individual contact and management of the Director’s Acquisition Committee
• Special projects include implementation and management of five-year museum strategic plan and University-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative at the Museum-level
• Assist with strategic instutional marketing plan including brand strategy, tech strategy, and marketing goals
• Serves an essential role on staff to develop collaborative relationships between departments, observe big-picture goals and help with efficient and productive processes to allow the Museum to best serve the community on campus, locally and nationally.

The Field Museum

Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Institional Advancement

Recruited by finance department to be the liaison between their department and IA in order to track and maintain multi-million dollar departmental expense budget, in addition to providing monthly expenditure reports to VP, and approving spending within department
• Collaborate with the VP & Board of Trustees on fundraising strategies, business development, and campaign planning, serve as staff liaison for the Development Committee with the VP
• Manage office of 40+ staff by serving as main contact for administrative requests and office needs, questions about institutional protocol and procedures, and report of feedback from VP
• Assist in evaluating schedules, prioritizing meetings and projects for VP
• Event management and marketing, specifically events related to the stewardship to top-level donors and non-profit leadership
• Awarded 500+ community donations to partnering non-profit institutions and individuals
• Sought out special projects assigned by VP including, donor stewardship, creative writing and visual marketing, event planning, financial reporting, and community relations


The Arts Club of Chicago

Assistant to the Director

• Responsible for overall administrative duties for the Director and Club; primary member contact
• Maintenance of vendor files and Membership, Board of Directors, and committee databases
• Coordination of mailings to 1000+ members and spearheaded special projects including the production of inaugural Membership Directory and redesign of club website
• Served as primary contact for external research inquiries; supervised and trained interns

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Master of Arts , Modern Art History, Theory & Criticism

This masters program focused on Modern and Contemporary (1860 to present) art, theories, and criticism of all fine art disciplines. The experience of completing this program at an art school allowed for first-hand interactions and discussions with practicing artists. This allowed me for the traditional experience coupled with an interactive supplement to reading and writing.

The University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts, History of Art, Anthropology

The opportunity to attend one of the premier universities in the world allowed for exploration of various interests during my education. The faculty created an environment for classroom learning coupled with life experiences in a new city. This independence afforded me the confidence I needed to achieve my goals and strive to succeed beyond them professional and personally.