- Category: Notable Office and Operations Managers
- Number of years working in your current industry: 15
- Undergrad degree/university: BFA, Industrial Design, MIAD
Marie Couture, director of facilities and logistics at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, spends her days leading a department colleagues say is central to the success of the college. Couture led MIAD’s transition to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighted by the coordination and shipping of supplies to the homes of every student.
She navigated the college through the complicated layers of building access during a time when the community worked and studied from home but needed access to studios, labs and other campus spaces.
“No day is the same as the next. Most days, things change from hour to hour,” Couture said.
Other accomplishments include project management of the college’s renovations, including a new lobby and admissions office this summer. Couture maintains oversight of the general contractor schedules and redirects events and programming around construction. She has selected the paint, fabrics, finishes and furnishings for the new spaces. This work has also allowed her to form partnerships with vendors, businesses and MIAD alumni.