Sheila Grinell is an independent consultant specializing in the design of cultural organizations. During her thirty-year career as a leader in the science center field, she guided institutions in strategic planning, Board development, and succession planning, among other functions. She has extensive experience in presenting workshops and facilitating discussions that help nonprofit management teams achieve higher-order results.
In 1969, fresh out of graduate school, Sheila joined Frank Oppenheimer to create The Exploratorium, a seminal science center that has been widely emulated around the world. As Co-director for Exhibits and Programs, Sheila developed hands-on interpretive techniques that paved the way for informal science educators in hundreds of institutions. She later helped to re-start the New York Hall of Science, serving as Associate Director. From 1993 to 2004 she served as founding President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix.
For the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Sheila created a week-long professional development program for people starting science centers, which was offered 1988-1994. While consulting for a wide range of agencies that included corporations, professional associations, museums, and public television producers, she wrote the leading book on science centers; a second edition of A Place for Learning Science: Starting a Science Center and Keeping It Running, was published in 2003. A regular speaker at both national and international conferences, in 2005 she was elected a Fellow of ASTC for outstanding contribution to the field.
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