About 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.

Our Guiding Principles

  • 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 Pre K–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.



Organizational Information

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access

Science is for everyone

We believe that curiosity and critical thinking are essential to equity and justice for all. We embrace science as a process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving that helps us better understand our universe and each other. Science has the power to connect people and to develop solutions for the common good.

We commit to our guests, community, and colleagues that we will:

  • Use curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation to identify, understand, and reduce inequities and barriers to participation in science.
  • Ensure that our facilities, programs, experiences, and the benefits they provide are accessible to people of all backgrounds, and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities.
  • Be a community laboratory and living room that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone.
  • Include diverse experiences and perspectives in our work, particularly the voices of people who have previously been excluded.
  • Honor and better reflect the diverse community we serve.
  • Learn from our past, tackle current issues, and create an equitable future.

We prioritize inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in order to strengthen our organization and our community. We encourage all members of our community to come together, to celebrate science and each other, and to be curious.

Learn more about our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA).

Executive Team

Will Daugherty
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jenn Bentz
Director of Theaters

Paul Chiocco
Vice President of Development

Amy Collins
Chief of Staff

Regina Ford
Senior Vice President of Operations

Diana Johns
Vice President of Exhibits

Brandon Morgan
Director of Finance & Accounting

Liisa O’Neill
Vice President of Marketing & Sales

Raphaela Romero
Director of Admissions and Guest Service

Board of Directors

Jason Barnwell, Chair
General Manager for Digital Transformation of Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs

Josh Binder, Treasurer
Vice President & General Manager
The Boeing Company

Sarah Buhayar, Secretary
Director, Foundation Strategy Office
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sherilyn G. Anderson
Betacom Incorporated

Doug Bowser
Nintendo of America

Dr. Steven Buchsbaum
Retired Executive
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Will Daugherty, Ex Officio
President & CEO
Pacific Science Center

Ella Dillon
Chief Customer Officer

Mathen Ganesan
Executive Vice President,
Invention Investment Fund
Intellectual Ventures

Wei Gao
Chief Operating Officer

Kiera Jones, Ex Officio
Associate Director of Learning, McKinsey Digital (global)
McKinsey & Company

Daniel Li, Ex Officio
Cofounder & CEO

Jembaa Mai
Corporate Vice President & General Counsel
Wind River

Stan W. McNaughton
CEO & Chairman of the Board
PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company

Erin Okuno
Executive Director
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

Eric Pettigrew
Vice President of Government Relations & Outreach
NHL Seattle/Seattle Kraken

Diana Birkett Rakow
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Sustainability
Alaska Airlines

Erika Sanchez
Vice President & GM, InsurTech
Expedia Group

Rob Shurtleff
General Partner
Divergent Ventures

Jill Singh
Community Volunteer

Dawn Trudeau
Seattle Storm

Jordon Voss
Managing Director, Head of Seattle Office
Northern Trust

Ed Wu
Vice President, Data
Niantic, Inc.

Emeritus Board Members

Chris Ackerley
Ackerley Partners LLC

Gretchen Hund Andrews
Retired Director, Center for Global Security
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Adriane Brown
Managing Partner
Flying Fish Partners

Philip M. Condit
Retired Chairman & CEO
The Boeing Company
Community Volunteer

Marlene Durbin
Community Volunteer

James E. Warjone
Chairman Emeritus
Port Blakely Companies

Associate Board

Daniel Li, Co-Chair
Plus Docs, Madrona Venture Group

Kiera Jones, Co-Chair

Anne Retterer

Brittain Mason
Foglight Solutions

Caitlin Angeloff
Alaska Airlines

Christian Hoogerheyde

Christopher Costa
Kaiser Permanente

Cole Fite
Lease Crutcher Lewis

Elizabeth Dance

Harry Cheema
Alaska Airlines

Jen Chiu

Keith T. McInerney

Kiera Jones

Lulu Hoogerheyde

Nadia Kulshina

Reina Almon-Griffin
Perkins Coie

Russell Brendel
Cache N’ Swag

Stew Fortier

Stewart Meyer

Sunil Garg


Our History

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 Oct. 22, 2012, Pacific Science Center celebrated making science fun for 50 years.

Privacy Policy

The privacy of guests to this site is important to us. The privacy policy below describes how we collect information online, what we do with that information, and what controls you have as a guest for regulating the information you choose to share with us.

This privacy statement does not apply to unaffiliated third party websites to which we link. You should check the privacy policies of those websites to understand how they may collect or use your personal information.

We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files
As with most other sites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, your ISP (Internet service provider), the browser you used to visit our site, the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

We do use cookies to help us track users as they peruse our site. This helps us to ensure the best guest experience possible. You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other sites. Contact us with feedback.

We engage with third party service providers in order to deliver to you banner advertisements and other advertising tailored to your interests when you visit certain websites. To learn more about the use of this information or to choose not to have this information used by our third-party advertising partner, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative. If you delete your cookies, use a different browser, or buy a new computer, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

Lucky Orange Web Analytics Service
This site uses the Lucky Orange analytics system to help improve usability and the customer experience. Lucky Orange may record mouse clicks, mouse movements and scrolling activity. Lucky Orange may record keystroke information that you voluntarily enter on this website. Lucky Orange does not track this activity on any site that does not use the Lucky Orange system. You can choose to disable the Lucky Orange Service. Note, that doing so will disable other features of the Lucky Orange system that this site employs such as 1-to-1 support chat.

Destination Discovery
If you place a deposit for a trip on our site, we require that you provide certain personally identifiable information, including your name, address, phone number, and credit card number. This information is necessary to process your application and to contact you.

All personal information collected by Pacific Science Center through an online donation transaction, phone call or onsite is given willingly and knowingly by the donor, including name, address and phone number. This information is used internally only for billing and recognition purposes and is never traded or sold to any other organizations.

Pacific Science Center Events
Any information given to Pacific Science Center by event attendees, including phone numbers, mailing addresses or email addresses, is given willingly and knowingly by the event participant. This information may be used in future Pacific Science Center mailings and notifications which the attendee may opt out of. In the case of events that use table hosts, Pacific Science Center may ask the host to collect information about their guests. This is for tracking purposes only and will not be used for solicitation purposes.

Credit Card Transactions
Pacific Science Center offers you the convenience of purchasing tickets and making online donations with a credit card. We take the security of your credit card information very seriously. All information from financial transactions made on pacificsciencecenter.org are stored and served from a secure server. This means that each page you view on our website and any financial information you submit is encrypted on its way between your computer and ours. Even in the highly unlikely event that your transmission is intercepted, the data will not be usable by a third party.

Your credit card information is used only for your intended purpose — be it a contribution or a purchase — and nothing else.

Social Media Policy
Like us to stay up to date on the latest PacSci happenings, including laser and IMAX shows, 21+ events, education and outreach programs, Science in the City speaker series, summer and school break camps and special exhibits.

We encourage you to engage in discussion with our Facebook community on science, education, and innovation topics. While we welcome diverse opinions and constructive dialogue, we do ask that you refrain from derogatory, offensive, defamatory or abusive language. Comments containing such language, spamming or off-topic comments, as well as anything that violates Facebook’s Community Standards, Twitter Rules, Instagram Community Guidelines, or LinkedIn Professional Community Policies may be reported or removed.

If you are concerned about a user’s post or comment, please email us and we will review it. We take these messages very seriously.

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Pacific Science Center. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, please do not use the site.

We may make periodic changes to add, remove, or modify portions of this statement at any time. Please check this page from time to time for any changes.

Tell Us What You Think
Your comments and questions help us serve you better and make your visit a pleasant one. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this statement, please email us.


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