Alison Brown


Science Museum of Minnesota




In March, the Science Museum selected Alison Brown as its new leader, the first female to hold the position. Brown’s museum management pedigree is impressive. For 17 years she served as chief of staff and CFO of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the only natural history museum with a planetarium and aquarium. Though she’s certainly devoted to science and education, her successes in the areas of strategic development and audience-building are equally compelling. During her tenure in San Francisco, attendance doubled, membership tripled, new facilities were built and the academy established itself as one of the top science museums in the country. Here’s hoping she can do the same here.