Senior Leadership Team Biographies

Karyn Flynn, CEO 

Karyn Flynn comes to the Museum with a background in investment management, having worked for Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management. Prior to becoming CEO, Karyn was a trustee for the Bay Area Discovery Museum for 5.5 years, serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Development Committee and a member of the Education Committee. She has also served as a Trustee for Heyday Books in Berkeley and on the Board of the Mountain Play and Marin Advocates for Children. She holds an M.B.A. from London Business School and lives in Kentfield with her husband, Geoff, and their three boys, Hunter, Harrison and Grayson. 

 

Michelle Martinez, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations

Michelle Martinez brings to the Museum over 15 years of senior non-profit management experience, most recently as the Director of Finance at Hospice by the Bay. She has an MBA in Non-Profit Management from Golden Gate University and a BS in Dance from the University of Massachusetts. She loves the arts and in addition to her finance management positions, has held some interesting jobs including magician’s assistant, professional comedienne and ballerina. Michelle is thrilled to join the Museum’s leadership team. She lives in Greenbrae with her husband, Gabriel, son, Bobby, and two cuddly dogs.

Elizabeth Rood, Vice President of Education Strategy, Bay Area Discovery Museum & Director, Center for Childhood Creativity

Elizabeth joined the Center in 2014 and serves as Director, as well as VP of Education Strategy for the Bay Area Discovery Museum. She comes with more than fifteen years of experience in formal education, working as a teacher, principal and executive director in urban small schools focused on personalization, equity and progressive education. She holds a B.A. from Brown University, teaching and administrative credentials from Mills College and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College. Her doctoral research, drawing heavily from psychological constructs such as learning mindset, self-efficacy and stereotype threat, focuses on the role of “care” in teachers’ relationships with Latino male students entering high school substantially behind in academic skills.

Brandy Vause, Vice President of External Relations

Brandy joined the Museum in 2012 with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, museum education and early childhood education. Her professional background includes working as a preschool teacher and center director, an educator for institutions such as the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, and a fundraiser for George Washington University and UCSF. Brandy holds a B.A. from Occidental College and Master of Arts degrees in Art History and in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum Education Roundtable, which produces the only peer-reviewed journal for the museum education field. She lives in Sausalito with her husband and dog.

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