Director, Exhibits and Media Studio
Tom leads the Exploratorium’s Exhibits and Media Studio, which includes the Exhibit Development, Online Media, Editorial, and Design departments. After joining the museum in 2005, he led the planning, design, development, and fabrication of all six exhibit galleries—plus more than 150 new exhibits—in preparation for the museum’s relocation to Piers 15/17 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Tom also served as principal investigator for the innovative Geometry Playground exhibition, and as co-principal investigator for Science in the Stacks with New York City’s Queens Borough Public Library. Tom has worked on Global Studios projects in Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Palestine, and Italy.
Director, Business Development
An accomplished business development executive and trained scientist, Silva has successfully grown vibrant, mission-based enterprise for nonprofits, specialty retail, and travel. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in zoology, Silva spent ten years developing proprietary products, innovative programs, and fruitful partnerships for The Nature Company. More recently, as the COO and leading strategist for Backroads, she managed a complex global operation. Since joining the Exploratorium in 2010, Silva and the Global Studios team have been working with diverse partners around the world to foster inquiry-based learning and science literacy for all.
Director of Educational Partnerships, Global Studios
Anne collaborates with Global Studios’ partners to develop cultures of learning that align with their organizational and community goals and values. Her areas of focus include educational programming, professional development, and institutional learning. During her tenure at the Exploratorium, Anne directed the Field Trip Explainer Program and Member Education Programs. She also launched and directed Helix, a one-year, experimental community-science center. In her early career, she developed and implemented science-and-art learning experiences at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Environment, Mass Audubon, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Anne holds a PhD and an MS in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, and a BA in art history from Northwestern University.
Technical Director, Global Studios
Chris has managed many Exploratorium international and domestic projects that vary widely in scope and scale. For Global Studios, he manages and participates in all stages of a project from concept development and design to fabrication, transportation, integration, and installation. Previously, Chris worked as an independent technical theater consultant for multiple performing arts companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, designing, fabricating, installing, and operating kinetic art installations, scenery, and special effects for the stage. Chris holds degrees in physics and astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. While attending college, he worked as a research assistant for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Exhibition Design
Adam works with developers, graphic designers, and content specialists to design whole exhibits and surrounding environments at the Exploratorium and beyond its walls. Prior to joining the Exploratorium, he worked at Gallagher & Associates in Shanghai, and West Office Exhibition Design in Oakland, California. For the past 12 years, he has been involved in the design and development of interactive museum, cultural, and corporate exhibits in the United States and Asia that create meaningful experiences for the people who use and interact with them. He holds a BS in Industrial and Environmental Design from the Art Center College of Design, and a BA from the School of Architecture and Department of East Asian Languages and Culture at the University of Southern California.
Project Director, Global Studios
Owen's project management expertise combines his background designing interactive experiences, consulting on environmental issues, and being an entrepreneur. Owen joined the Exploratorium in 2011 to oversee the refurbishment of more than 500 exhibits prior to the museum's reopening at Pier 15 in 2013. He also led the design, exhibit development, and installation for the Bechtel Central Gallery. After successfully completing these major projects, Owen became the Exploratorium's Exhibit Collections and Maintenance Manager, and later the Environment Program Manager, helping to advance the museum's environmental science programs. Prior to joining the Exploratorium, Owen worked as an environmental and sustainability consultant for corporate and government clients. He holds a BS in Environmental Science from Michigan State University and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University.
Project Lead, Global Studios
Adam is a zealous collaborator and a passionate urbanist. An alumnus of the Exploratorium’s Field Trip Explainer program, Adam combines his first-hand experience promoting inquiry-based exploration with his accomplished background in art and design to lead a variety of Global Studio projects. Before joining the Global Studios team in 2013, he worked as a concept engineer at Rebar, an interdisciplinary studio based in San Francisco, managing an array of projects focused on place-making and new urbanist design. He received his BFA from the California College of the Arts.
Project Lead, Global Studios
Allyson is a creative project manager and detail-oriented archivist. She is the first line of contact for most Global Studios inquiries, and coordinates many aspects of the department’s domestic and international work. Before joining the Global Studios team in 2013, Allyson honed her collaboration and organizational skills by wrangling a variety of artists, archives, and exhibitions across the United States—from New York to California to Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a BA in art history and chemistry and holds an MA in museum studies from New York University.
Senior Business Associate, Business Development
Nicki is a creative problem solver and handles all the behind-the-scenes details to ensure Global Studios projects run smoothly. Nicki holds a BS in animal science and management from the University of California, Davis and an MA in museums and collections management from Bournemouth University, United Kingdom. She joined the Exploratorium in 2014.
Project Lead, Global Studios
Daniel brings logistical planning savvy and a resourceful creative perspective to Global Studios to coordinate many stages of the department’s design and fabrication projects. Before joining the Global Studios team, Daniel planned events for corporate, nonprofit, and individual clients. Daniel has a BA in American studies from Connecticut College and holds a degree in connoisseurship and history of art from Christie’s Education London.
Project Lead, Global Studios
Akiko brings over 10 years of experience in teaching, educational programming, and program management to Global Studios. Most recently, Akiko led the Exploratorium’s Lifelong Learning programs, leading educators who delivered Girls Science Institute, summer camps, and excursions. Combining a love of learning with her practical experience as a classroom teacher, Akiko leads projects to foster rich dialogue and memorable, thought-provoking experiences. Her professional foundation is grounded in growing up and working in Japan, as well as working as a credentialed special education teacher in New York City’s public schools. She’s also worked in a variety of creative and cultural organizations, such as the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, Pixar Animation Studios, and The Onion. Akiko earned her BA in English and philosophy from Occidental College, and a Master’s in special education and childhood education from Fordham University.
Project Coordinator, Global Studios
Having served in various roles at the Exploratorium since 2007, Danilo has a deep understanding of the institution’s mission and the versatility that is so essential for taking on the wide-ranging needs of Global Studios’ projects. Recent projects include coordinating Global Studios’ Helix Community Science Center in Los Altos, overseeing the refurbishment of several fleets of exhibits, and providing administrative support for the Field Trip Explainer program. Danilo has a BA in linguistics and geography from UC Berkeley.
Project Specialist, Global Studios
May’s focus is on developing inquiry-based education programs for learners around the world. She is passionate about creating engaging educational programming and experiences. An alumna of the Exploratorium’s Field Trip Explainer program, she honed her skills in educational programming and management over several years at the Crissy Field Center (CFC) before returning to the Exploratorium in 2016. At CFC, May worked in partnership with the National Park Service to design, develop, and offer fun, engaging experiences for local community members who had few or no opportunities to visit national parks. May holds a BA in linguistics and east Asian languages and cultures from UCLA.