Crystal Bridges and the Momentary name Lela Davidson as new chief operating officer

Lela Davidson (Courtesy photo)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary have appointed Lela Davidson as the organization’s new chief operating officer.

Davidson was promoted from her previous position as the museum’s business innovation officer, where she led the development of new commercial projects and partnerships.

In a release announcing the appointment, Crystal Bridges executive director and chief diversity and inclusion officer Rod Bigelow said Davidson has two decades of leadership experience across a variety of industries.

“She’s deeply committed to our mission, and she provides just the right balance of both strategic and operational focus,” said Bigelow. “We’re excited to have her in this position as we move toward opening our expanded campus in 2026.”

Prior to working at Crystal Bridges, Davidson was executive vice president for account leadership and client partnership at Saatchi & Saatchi X, where her teams created retailer marketing for Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company, Samsung, and others.

Davidson was also part of an ecommerce startup where she built a country music entertainment and lifestyle media property and partnered with Nashville artists and their labels to create artist branded footwear and apparel for Country Outfitter.

Davidson spent 10 years as a CPA after starting her career as a forensic litigation analyst.