Boston Children's Museum Appoints Carole Charnow President and Chief Executive Officer

“Carole’s appointment is the exciting culmination of an extensive national search,” said Anne Blodget, chair of the Museum’s search committee. “In Carole, we found a leader who is passionate about the Museum’s mission for kids and families, visionary about the potential and realistic about the challenges facing not-for-profit organization in today’s climate.”

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Carole Charnow is an insightful, articulate and successful social entrepreneur who will lead Boston Children’s Museum in new and visible work for diverse children and families.

Boston, MA (Vocus) June 2, 2010

Boston Children’s Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Carole Charnow as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Charnow has been the General Director of Opera Boston for the past seven years and has been a driving force in its success. Prior to that time, she served for seven years as Executive Director for the Boston Academy of Music which transformed into Opera Boston in 2003. Charnow’s passion for education and effective collaborations has lead to award winning outreach and education programs throughout her career.

“Carole’s appointment is the exciting culmination of an extensive national search,” said Anne Blodget, chair of the Museum’s search committee. “In Carole, we found a leader who is passionate about the Museum’s mission for kids and families, visionary about the potential and realistic about the challenges facing not-for-profit organization in today’s climate.”

Jonathan L. Rounds, chair of the board said “Boston Children’s Museum is delighted to introduce Carole Charnow to the community as its new President and CEO. Carole is an insightful, articulate and successful social entrepreneur who will lead Boston Children’s Museum in new and visible work for diverse children and families. As we prepare for Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th anniversary in 2013, it is exciting to bring Carole’s creativity, vision and commitment to social change to the strategic planning process.”

Carole Charnow stated that “I am both honored and excited to be given this extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families in Boston. I look forward to working closely with Mayor Menino and Boston Children’s Museum partners and funders to support the vision of enriching the lives of children in all of Boston’s neighborhoods. It is my hope that during my tenure as the leader of Boston Children’s Museum, this iconic institution, housed in a stunning new building at the hub of Boston’s burgeoning waterfront, will continue its vibrant history as a family destination while encouraging meaningful exploration; a beacon for all those who dream of a society that provides education, health, happiness and opportunity to all children, both here and around the world.”

Prior to Opera Boston, Charnow was the Artistic Director and Producer of the Moving Target Theatre in London; a free lance consultant and performer; and was Artistic Director and Drama Teacher at the Discovery Theatre in Newton. Charnow received a B.A. from Emerson College, a M.A. from the University of London, and completed the “Achieving Excellence” Program, an executive leadership program offered through Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Charnow will remain with Opera Boston through the end of their fiscal year (July 31), working with Board and staff to plan a successful transition. She will join Boston Children’s Museum in mid-August.

About Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Children’s Museum exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children's exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum incorporates two strategies – engaging families and building communities – to impact five outcome areas for children: Creative Kids, Curious Kids, Global Kids, Green Kids and Healthy Kids. More information about Boston Children’s Museum can be found at http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org.

Hours and Admission
The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fridays until 9:00 p.m. Adults, $12; children (1-15) and senior citizens, $9; children under one and Museum members are always free. Fridays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., all visitors $1.

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