Naomi Chu is the Vice President of Asset Management, currently responsible for the direct supervision of the Asset Management team and the operational aspects of the Artspace portfolio. This includes supporting Asset Managers as they encounter challenges in the operational aspects of their properties, as well as supporting Asset Managers in identifying solutions when facing challenges in the community. Naomi partners with the Senior Vice President of Asset to plan and implement departmental initiatives. She also ensures smooth transitions from the Property Development phase of activity to Operations. Naomi is also accountable for Art Bridge, the Artspace distance collaboration program, that works nationally with social justice arts organizations to advance the use of video conferencing technology for artistic collaboration, expanding the vision of new work spaces for artists and arts organizations.
Naomi began working with Artspace in 1997 through a local property management company, handling Artspace's Twin Cities commercial properties. In 1998, she was hired to create Artspace's first for-profit subsidiary, Performance Property Management Company, which allowed Artspace to take their local commercial property management in-house. In 2005, Naomi took leave from Artspace to become Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization focused on developing a Pan-Asian center to celebrate, promote, and foster understanding of Asian Pacific cultural heritage in Minnesota, where she gained valuable experience employing the Artspace model. In 2008, Naomi returned to Artspace in the role of Finance Manager.
Naomi graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, and Saint Paul Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science degree as an American Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator.
Naomi brings a unique skillset to the Artspace team from her managerial experience and financial expertise; to her comprehensive background in government relations, development, and community engagement. She takes great pride in her contributions to Artspace's partnerships with First Peoples Fund in South Dakota; PA'I in Hawaii; and Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association in North Dakota.