Staff Profiles

Adam D. Weinberg
Alice Pratt Brown Director

Adam D. Weinberg became the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum in October 2003. During his tenure, the Whitney has presented major exhibitions on a range of artists, including William Eggleston, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Matta-Clark, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ed Ruscha; offered award-winning educational programs; experienced dramatic growth in the permanent collection; and, in 2015, opened its new 220,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District.

From 1999 to 2003, Weinberg was the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. Prior to that, he was Senior Curator and Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Whitney. In 1991, Weinberg became the Artistic and Program Director of the American Center in Paris. He first joined the Whitney in 1989 as Director of the Whitney at Equitable Center. Beginning in 1981, Weinberg served as Director of Education and Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center. 

Weinberg has curated exhibitions on artists from Edward Hopper, Richard Pousette-Dart and Isamu Noguchi to Alex Katz, Robert Mangold, Sol Lewitt, and Terry Winters. He has also organized numerous thematic exhibitions, including The Architectural Unconscious: James Casebere and Glen Seater, Vanishing Presence (Walker Art Center, 1989), and On the Line: The New Color Photojournalism. For the Whitney, he curated the groundbreaking series Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art (1995), with the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Tate Gallery. He has also curated major public projects with such artists as Christian Boltanski, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Mark Dion, Jessica Stockholder, and Andrea Zittel. He is the author of numerous catalogues and essays on contemporary and modern art, and has been a grant panelist for numerous federal, state, city, and private foundations.

Weinberg serves as a board member of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Storm King Art Center, the American Academy in Rome, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. He holds a BA from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Idehen (I.D.) Aruede
Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer 

I.D. Aruede was named Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in 2018. Prior to his current role, Aruede served as Director of Finance from 2009 to 2012 and as Chief Financial Officer from 2012 to 2018 during which he oversaw financial planning for the transition to the Whitney’s new building. As a member of the senior management and policy-making team, Aruede works closely with the Director, staff, and trustees, and has broad responsibility for museum-wide planning and operations. As CFO, Aruede oversees operating and capital budgets along with finance, treasury, investment, endowment, and accounting functions. In addition, he oversees the Human Resources and Legal departments, and co-leads Whitney Publications and Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

Aruede began his career in public accounting at KPMG, where he audited clients in the financial services, healthcare, and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Whitney, Aruede held various roles in equity research covering the consumer food and beverage sectors at leading global investment banks, including J.P. Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He serves as a board member of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Aruede received a BS in Accounting from Morgan State University and earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Roth
Co-Chief Operating Officer

Amy Roth was named Co-Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Previously, she served as the Whitney’s Chief Planning Officer from 2012 to 2018. As Chief Planning Officer, she oversaw strategic planning and research and analysis, both in preparation for the Museum’s relocation to its new building and in helping to build and execute its expanded operation. Between 2015 and 2018 she steered the formulation and implementation of a new strategic plan, and since 2017, she has led the marketing, membership, and business systems functions as well. As a member of the senior management and policy-making team, Roth works closely with the Director, staff, and trustees, and has broad responsibility for Museum-wide planning and operations, including oversight of Strategy, Marketing, Communications, Membership, Business Systems, Information Technology, Facilities, Security, Visitor Experience, Retail, and Food and Beverage services.

Prior to her role as Chief Planning Officer, Roth was the Whitney’s Director of Corporate Partnerships since 2005 and, previously, Manager of Foundation and Government Relations. Before joining the Whitney in 2002 as a Development Associate, Roth held positions of corporate finance analyst and equity research associate at several San Francisco-based investment banks, covering the technology and telecommunications sectors, respectively. Roth received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and earned her MBA from Columbia Business School.

Scott Rothkopf
Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator

Scott Rothkopf was appointed Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator in 2015 and Senior Deputy Director in 2018. As a member of the senior management and policy-making team, Rothkopf works closely with the Director, staff, and trustees, and has broad responsibility for museum-wide planning. He served on the curatorial team responsible for the Whitney’s inaugural collection display America Is Hard to See. Since then, he has also curated Laura Owens (2017), Open Plan: Andrea Fraser (2016, with Laura Phipps), Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection (2016, with Dana Miller), and Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens (2016, with Laura Phipps). At the Whitney, he has also curated Mary Heilmann: Sunset (2015), Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (2014), Sinister Pop (2012–13, with Donna De Salvo), Wade Guyton OS (2012–13), Glenn Ligon: AMERICA (2011), Singular Visions (2010, with Dana Miller), and Whitney on Site: Guyton\Walker (2010). 

Prior to joining the Whitney, Rothkopf served as Senior Editor of Artforum International from 2004 through 2009, where he was a frequent contributor of feature reviews and essays. He began his curatorial career at the Harvard University Art Museums, organizing Mel Bochner: Photographs, 1966–1969 (2002) and Huyghe + Corbusier: Harvard Project (2004, with Linda Norden). 

Rothkopf has published widely on the work of contemporary artists, including Paul Chan, Diller and Scofidio, Carroll Dunham, Katharina Fritsch, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Josiah McElheny, Takashi Murakami, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Paul Thek, Kelley Walker, T. J. Wilcox, Terry Winters, and Karen Kilimnik. He also served as editor of Yourself in the World (2011), a volume of the collected writings and interviews of Glenn Ligon.

Rothkopf is a member of the board of trustees of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University.

Alexandra Wheeler
Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer

Alexandra Wheeler leads the Museum's comprehensive fund-raising efforts, with oversight of Major Gifts and Stewardship Programs, Corporate Membership and Sponsorship, Foundation and Government Relations, and Special Events. Working closely with the Director, Campaign Committee and Trustee leadership, Wheeler also oversaw the Museum's $670 million campaign, which raised funds to build and support the Museum’s new downtown home. As a member of the senior management and policy-making team, Wheeler works closely with the Director, staff, and trustees, and has broad responsibility for museum-wide planning.

Wheeler has more than twenty-five years of experience in fund-raising and nonprofit arts management, including a previous tenure at the Whitney. From 1995 to 2000, she served as Campaign Manager and Director of Development at the Museum, overseeing a successful $50 million capital drive. Prior to returning in 2007 as the Associate Director for Development, Wheeler was Director of Major Gifts at Cambridge in America, supporting a £1 billion 800th Anniversary Campaign for the University of Cambridge. Previous leadership positions include Director of Development at Exit Art, where she created a professional development program, and Executive Director of the Fund for Dance. She began her career in the arts in 1988 at the Foundation for the Joffrey Ballet.  Wheeler holds a BA from Brown University.

Donna De Salvo
Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator

Donna De Salvo joined the Whitney in 2004 and was appointed the Museum’s first Chief Curator in 2006, a post she held until 2015, when she assumed the role of Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator. In her role as Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, De Salvo oversaw the Museum’s artistic program, was instrumental in the design of the Whitney’s new building, and led the curatorial team for the Museum’s inaugural presentation, America Is Hard to See (2015). Currently leading the Museum’s efforts to define and communicate an expanded notion of art in the United States, both domestically and internationally, De Salvo also organizes exhibitions and collection displays, co-directs the Painting and Sculpture Acquisition Committee, and oversees the Andy Warhol films catalogue raisonné project. A noted expert on the work of Warhol, she curated the Whitney’s major thematic retrospective Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again (2018). Recent exhibitions De Salvo has curated or co-curated include Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium (2017), Open Plan: Michael Heizer (2016), and Open Plan: Steve McQueen (2016), in addition to numerous others prior to the Whitney’s move downtown.

Prior to working at the Whitney, De Salvo served for five years as a Senior Curator at the Tate Modern, London, where she curated such exhibitions as Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970 (2005), Marsyas (Anish Kapoor’s 2003 work commissioned by Tate Modern for its Turbine Hall), and Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (2001). 

From 1981 to 1986, De Salvo was a curator at the Dia Art Foundation, where she worked closely with several of its artists, including John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. She was Adjunct Curator for the Andy Warhol Museum and was curator of Andy Warhol: Disaster Paintings, 1963 (Dia Art Foundation, 1986), Andy Warhol: Hand-Painted Images, 1960–62 (Dia Art Foundation, 1987), "Success is a Job in New York": The early art and business of Andy Warhol (Grey Art Gallery, 1989), and a retrospective of the artist’s work at Tate Modern (2002). 

She has written catalogues and essays and lectured on a wide range of modern and contemporary artists, including Barbara Bloom, Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, William Eggleston, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Wade Guyton, Ray Johnson, Anish Kapoor, Per Kirkeby, Barbara Kruger, Giorgio Morandi, Barnett Newman, Chris Ofili, Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson, Cy Twombly, Mark Wallinger, and Gillian Wearing. A recipient of the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award from the College Art Association, she has participated in many international juries and review panels, and has taught at the curatorial studies programs at Bard College and the Royal College of Art.