Pacific Science CenterBringing science to life.
Pacific Science Center
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Pacific Science Center
Our Mission: Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.
We bring science to life. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on our campus.
Delight our guests
We offer warm hospitality and highly-engaging interactive experiences. People of all ages and levels of science sophistication find their time with us entertaining, enriching, and memorable. Our guests recommend us and seek to visit often.
Model science as a process
We show that science is a boundless and timeless process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving. We inspire people to ask questions, develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, and evaluate evidence in all aspects of their lives.
Embrace experimentation and innovation
Experiments and innovation are central to the experiences we provide and the work we do. We also demonstrate that failure is a key ingredient of progress.
Enable access for all
Our facilities, programs, experiences and the benefits they provide are accessible to people of all backgrounds and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities.
Support educators and education
We support high-impact science education, focusing on PreK-12.
Serve as a community laboratory and living room
The community gathers at Pacific Science Center to discuss, debate, and collaborate on opportunities and challenges in which science and technology play roles. People come here to learn about and celebrate scientific and technological achievement. We pay special attention to the issues relevant to our city and region.
Run a smart and responsible business
We invest to sustain and grow our long-term impact. Our work attracts investment from public and private sources. We are leaders in socially and ecologically responsible behavior.
Expect and nurture excellence in our people
We attract, develop, and retain exceptionally talented people who believe deeply in our mission and who reflect the community we aim to serve. We expect excellence, and we inspect what we expect. Our culture is collaborative, creative, joyful, and fun.
Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center.
On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated making science fun for 50 years.
Board of Directors & Senior Leadership
July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Chair Adriane Brown, President & COO, Intellectual Ventures
Past Chair Barbara B. Hulit, Senior Vice President, Fortive Corporation
Treasurer Norm Hubbard, Executive Vice President, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Secretary Diana B. Rakow, Vice President, Public Affairs, Communication & Brand Management, Kaiser Permanente
Emeritus Board Members
Ginger Ackerley, Community Member
Gretchen Hund Andrews, Director, Center for Global Security, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mona H. Bailey, Independent Education Consultant
Elisabeth Bottler, Community Member
Phil M. Condit, Community Member
Marlene Durbin, Community Member
David Fluke, General Partner Fluke Capital Management, L.P
Jim Warjone, Port Blakely Companies
John Warner, Community Member
Will Daugherty, President & Chief Executive Officer
Chris Wheaton, Chief Operating & Finance Officer
April Collier, Senior Vice President of Development
Diana Johns, Vice President of Exhibits & Life Sciences
Keni Sturgeon, Vice President of Science Engagement & Outreach
Mark Davidson, Interim Vice President of Human Resources
Rob Wiseman, Director of Individual Giving
Lisa Marchisio, Director of Exhibits & Facility Operations
Jennifer Tucker, Guest Services Director
Elin Windus, Marketing & Sales Director
Elizabeth Calhoun, Theater Operations Manager
Amy Collins, Executive Assistant to the CEO & Board of Directors
Christopher H. Ackerley, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Ackerley Partners, LLC
Tom Alberg, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Sherilyn Anderson, Director, Government & Institutional Banking, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Ash Awad, Vice President, McKinstry
Curt Blake, President & General Counsel, Spaceflight Industries, Inc.
Dr. Steven Buchsbaum, Deputy Director, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kevin Collins, Managing Director of Engineering, Alaska Airlines
Tim Copes, Community Member
Ed Fries, Founder & Owner, FigurePrints
Dr. Patricia D. Galloway, President & CEO, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
Stan McNaughton, CEO & Chairman of the Board, PEMCO Insurance Companies
Dr. Sanford Melzer, Chief Strategy Officer, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Nate Miles, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives – State Government Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company
Edward F. Millet, Managing Director, Northwest Region J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.
Rob Shurtleff, Partner, Divergent Ventures
Grace Yuan, Partner, K&L Gates
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