Prior to co-founding Plural with Ingrid Van Haastrecht, Mina worked for nine years as an intellectual property attorney, researcher, and arts administrator to identify and address the legal and business needs of organizations and individuals operating in the creative industries. Particularly committed to working with diverse communities, she has most extensively worked with Native communities in the US and Canada on developing strategies to support, protect, and share cultural assets. Mina has a background in dance, theater, and photography and holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MA in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently serves as the director of research and information services for Dance/USA.
Ingrid Van Haastrecht
Lead, Knowledge Management & Analytics
Prior to co-founding Plural with Mina Matlon and permanently relocating to the US, Ingrid worked for 15 years at one of Canada’s leading financial institutions where she developed expertise in strategy development and consulting, analytics, and project and relationship management. Previously the Assistant Director of Membership and Annual Giving at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ingrid is currently the Director of Development Operations and Analysis at the Dallas Museum of Art and is the founder of Art Founders Inc., an arts and cultural organization inspired by the lifelong work of Master Shen-Long, a Chinese contemporary artist, poet, and Buddhist Master. Ingrid has a background in the visual arts and music, received an MBA in Strategic Management from Laurier University in Canada and a MA in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç
Lead, Wealth & Wellness Initiatives
Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has over ten years of experience in arts management and has worked as a theatrical director, performance artist, puppeteer, curator, gallery administrator, production manager, standardized patient, and medical education administrator. Kaitlyn’s research includes arts and health programming and the intersection of the arts, health, and cultural equity.
Project Team for Figuring the Plural book
Mina Para Matlon, Founder/Project Co-Lead
Ingrid Van Haastrecht, Founder/Project Co-Lead
Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç, Project Co-Lead
Alex Aubry, Graphic Design & Contributing Writer
Jacqueline Chao, Media & Graphic Design
Yaryna Klimchak, Contributing Writer
Jordanna Matlon, Contributing Writer
Leena Minifie, Contributing Writer
Patricia Morris Alava, Spanish Translation & Field Research
Jasmyn Grace Smith, Research
Madeline Smith, Research
Margaret Smith, Contributing Writer
Alda Akhsar Tchochiev, Artist Liaison & Field Research
Rebecca Duclos, Dean of Graduate Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was an ad hoc member of the project team. Brant Gidwitz contributed geographic visualization services.