Sharon H. Cott

Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sharon H. Cott

Sharon H. Cott

Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Biography

Sharon H. Cott is Senior Vice President,
Secretary and General Counsel of
The Metropolitan Museum of
Art, responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of the
Museum, corporate governance, art acquisitions
, risk management, and the Archives of
the Museum. Ms. Cott is also the Secretary to
the Board of Trustees and responsible for
management of Board activities.
The Museum has a collection of more than
two million works of art, a total budget of
over $250 million per year and a staff of over 2,500 employees. Ms. Cott has been
Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Gene
ral Counsel since 1992, and supervises a staff
of five attorneys. She joined the Museum
in 1988. Previously, she was an associate at
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler in the tax, tr
ust and estates and corporate departments,
with an emphasis on non-profit organizations.
Ms. Cott is a graduate
of Yale Law School
and the University of Virginia.

Overview
Career Highlights

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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451

Number of Boards

1

Number of Awards

1

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President-Emeritus at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Former Associate Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Co-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Rudin Management Co., Inc.

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Managing Partner at The Brodsky Organization LLC

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President, Public Design Commission at City of New York (New York)

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Editor-in-Chief at Vogue Magazine

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Former Professional at IFR Systems, Inc.

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President at Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.

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Trustee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Honorary Member, Board of Trustees at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Sharon H. Cott
Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Education
Graduate, Phi Beta Kappa

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA, UVa, or Virginia) is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819. UVA's initial Board of Visitors included former Presidents of the United States Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Monroe owned the initial site of the University, which was mostly farmland. His law office and farmhouse are now the site of Brown College at Monroe Hill, a residential college at UVA. UVA is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities, and it is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report's National University Rankings, the school was listed as America's 2nd best public university; tied with UCLA and surpassed only by UC Berkeley.

Law Degree

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

Memberships
Editor
Prior

The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc. Editorial and general offices are located in the Sterling Law Building at Yale University.

Career History
Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel
1988 - Current

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction."1 This statement of purpose has guided the Museum for more than a century. The Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art have reaffirmed the statement of purpose and supplemented it with the following statement of mission: The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards. The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the arts while contributing their specific skills and talents to the mission of the museum. The museum's curatorial, conservation, and education departments, as well as the Libraries, provide the opportunity to work with leading scholars and art historians. The premise on which the Museum was founded is "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in [New York City] a museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction".

Associate
Prior

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP provides legal services. The company focuses on commercial law and litigation. Their clients include a diverse group of institutions and individuals: from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to major media and publishing empires, from cultural landmarks to famous entertainers, from consumer products to sophisticated financial products, from foreign companies seeking to transact business on United States stock exchanges to United States companies doing business abroad. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Secretary, Board of Trustees
1992 - Current

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction."1 This statement of purpose has guided the Museum for more than a century. The Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art have reaffirmed the statement of purpose and supplemented it with the following statement of mission: The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards. The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the arts while contributing their specific skills and talents to the mission of the museum. The museum's curatorial, conservation, and education departments, as well as the Libraries, provide the opportunity to work with leading scholars and art historians. The premise on which the Museum was founded is "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in [New York City] a museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction".

Awards & Honors
CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
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