After several months of a national search to replace outgoing and retiring Ron Cox, the Urban Media Arts (UMA) Board of Directors selected Tina LeGarde (far left in picture) to be the next Executive Director of UMA. Tina LeGarde is a seasoned community media professional and leader from Burnsville, Minnesota known for empowering teams and inspiring individual growth among those she works with. In particular, the Board was impressed at her ability to understand and imagine a future for UMA as part of Malden’s burgeoning arts and culture scene.
In late April, Tina LeGarde moved to Malden with her wife, Jenny, and the two rescue dogs she is Mom to, Nora and Bailey. They currently reside in Ward 5 and are still settling in.
During a rare lull between the string of meetings Tina has been part of since she began her E.D. role on April 25, 2022, Tina sat for an UMAverse interview in her still-empty office. The following Q&A introduces her to the Malden community. (Responses have been slightly edited for brevity.)
Can you describe your early years and background?
Do you prefer behind or in front of the camera?
What about Community Media attracted you?
How did you engage the whole school community and students and what was the result of that partnership?
How do you approach leadership?
What sparked your interest in the UMA Executive Director position?
What are your hopes and dreams for UMA?
What do you do in your spare time?
Group photo courtesy Ari Taylor, taken during Tina LeGarde’s first visit to Malden in March 2022.
On June 8, a gathering will be held at a local restaurant (TBD) as an opportunity to meet Tina LeGarde. Venue forthcoming.