Melanie Cohn is the Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey where she has led the organization in receiving a 2016 and 2018 NEA grant and a 2017 IMLS grant. Previously, she led Staten Island Arts, deepening its programs in education, folk, & professional development. Prior to that she spent seven years at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She has served on the Advisory Committee for the Urban Art Program for the NYC DOT, & on art panels for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NJ State Council on the Arts, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She led Staten Island Arts in receiving a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Grant, 2010 & 2013 NEA Grant, and a 2014 Design Trust for Public Space award through The Energetic City program. In 2013, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award.