Julián Zugazagoitia joined The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as the fifth Director & CEO in September 2010. Born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre in France, Zugazagoitia has worked at institutions in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He served as the Director/CEO of El Museo del Barrio in New York, a leading institution in the field of Latin American and Latino art. Julián transformed the institution through a $44 million renovation project that resulted in new gallery spaces and a popular restaurant. He also worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and as a consultant and curator with UNESCO and the Getty Conservation Institute. He curated exhibitions for the international art fair ARCO 2005, the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 2002 and as Director of Visual Arts with the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Zugazagoitia is known for inspiring the community with his passion for bringing all of the arts together, for scholarship and education, and for his high energy leadership and collaborative spirit.