Chris Flink always found the Exploratorium phenomenally inspiring. He was honored to serve as executive director from 2016 to 2021.
Chris was responsible for expanding the institution’s impact by amplifying its renowned visitor experience, broadening the reach of its world-class teacher professional development programs, increasing its worldwide influence through Global Studios, and leading the Exploratorium to reimagine what it means to be a science center in the twenty-first century. He brought more than twenty years' experience spanning creative leadership, engineering, design of hands-on educational experiences, and business. Chris was a partner at IDEO for nineteen years and a founding faculty member of Stanford University’s d.school, where he remained a consulting associate professor. Chris holds a BS in engineering/product design from Stanford University and an MS in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chris has two extraordinary young daughters from whom he learns the most important things.