Melyatta Powers is the director of finance at VCUarts. Her first role at the school was as the inaugural director of finance for the newly established Qatar Support Office. Previously, she served as an analyst with the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget as well as the budget offices of VCU and VSU. She continues to oversee certain finance functions for the Qatar campus, such as payroll and grants, and developed and implemented the initial financial operating plans for the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Powers earned her MBA from VCU and her BBA from the College of William and Mary.