Meldia Yesayan is the Managing Director of Machine Project. She oversees the organizations administration, finance, board and development. She was formerly a consultant for a number of non-profit art organizations, including Freewaves LA and International Arts & Artists, providing strategy, development and operational guidance. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Meldia held leadership positions at Sotheby’s auction house and Muse Film and Television, an arts documentary production company in New York. Meldia is particularly interested in creating contexts for cross-disciplinary partnerships and emergent arts organizational models. Meldia made a transition to the arts after a career in the legal industry practicing new media law. She was a legal fellow at WITNESS, an international organization that trains and supports activists using video in their fight for human rights. She received a JD and BA from UCLA and a professional certificate in Art Appraisal Studies from NYU.