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President and CEO, Michigan Science Center
Years in the field:
"There is still a ton of work to do to keep our missions alive as we continue to engage our audiences and communities.”
Christian Greer serves as President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center (MiSci). MiSci serves as a popular STEM hub in Michigan and connects with audiences and communities through innovative onsite, offsite, and online programs. Its mission is to spark curious minds and put people at the center of science in Detroit, across the state, and beyond, regardless of their proximity and irrespective of their race, color, creed, gender, ability, or socioeconomic status.
Christian has nearly 30 years of experience in informal STEM education and is the former Chief Officer for Science, Education, and Experience at the Saint Louis Science Center and the former Vice President of Learning at the Chicago Architecture Center. He is a certified project manager (PMP, CSM) and is an evangelist for empathy-based experience design and increasing the public value of informal STEM learning across multiple demographics.
Christian began his career as an astronomy intern’s assistant at Adler Planetarium in Chicago. He gave star talks and was later selected to be an “airborne space educator” aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (C-141) on one of its last science flights into the stratosphere. At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science he was responsible for running a four-story, 441 seat IMAX® Theatre. He was Senior Director of Education at Shedd Aquarium for seven years, where he launched the first NOAA/MATE Midwest Regional Underwater Robotics Competition while serving as a civilian Navy STEM Ambassador.
With a focus on connecting with under-served populations, he became a science instructor for Upward Bound, where he taught astronomy and oceanography, and was also the Director of Teaching and Learning for Project Exploration—an after-school program for under-served youth and girls in STEM, where he created, in partnership with Naval Station Great Lakes, the Men’s Aeronautics CHallenge (MACH-10) aerospace program for teens. As the Program Director for the Hive Chicago Learning Network, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, he was able to make an even deeper impact with urban teens through interest-driven, tech-enabled, learning programs across informal learning ecosystems.</p>
Christian is a graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in Physics, has a Master Certificate in Business Administration from Tulane University, is a Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Executive Scholar in nonprofit leadership, a Chicago Community Trust Leadership Fellow, and is currently working toward a doctorate of education in learning technologies at Pepperdine University, researching how distributed leadership and social network analysis can foster collaborative culture. Christian currently serves on the Board of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).