President and CEO, California Science Center
Jeffrey Rudolph is the President and CEO of the California Science Center and the President of the California Science Center Foundation. He provided the leadership for the planning, design, fundraising and implementation of the California Science Center Master Plan which transformed the California Museum of Science and Industry into the new California Science Center and created an award winning Exposition Park Master Plan to guide the redevelopment of Exposition Park in central Los Angeles.
The California Science Center's first phase opened to the public in February 1998 and immediately received international recognition and public support. Implementation of the Master Plan for the California Science Center and Exposition Park continued with the 2003 opening of the Science Center School and Center for Science Learning, an innovative facility combining a kindergarten - 5th grade school developed in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and a professional development center modeling best practices in science, math and technology education and providing resources to teachers, community youth group leaders and parents. Improvements to Exposition Park include new green space, community recreational facilities and underground parking facilities.
Construction of the second phase of the California Science Center will nearly double the amount of exhibit space began in late 2006. The major component will be the World of Ecology, which will explore the fundamental connections between life and the physical world, combining live plants and animals with interactive science exhibits. Over $250 million of the estimated $400 million total cost of this multi-phased project has already been committed.
Rudolph received an M.B.A. from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to becoming President and CEO of the California Science Center, he served as its Executive Director and Deputy Director, as the Executive Director of the State of California's Intergovernmental Personnel Act Advisory Board, and as a Program Analyst for the Legislative Budget Committee of the California Legislature.
Rudolph is Immediate Past Chair of the American Association of Museums. He served as Chair from 2004-2006, is currently Chair of the AAM CEO Search Committee. He previously served as a member of the Board of the American Association of Museums and as Vice Chair. Rudolph is also a Past President of the Association of Science-Technology Centers and serves on the Boards of the National Health Science Consortium, Science Museum Exhibits Collaborative, and Museum Trustees Association Advisory Council of Directors. He has previously served as Chair of the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting, and as a member of the Board of the California Association of Museums, the Organizing Committee for the World Congress of Science Centers and the National Academy of Science's Defense Reinvestment Advisory Board.
He serves on the Board of the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center and served on the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Convention Center Task Force. Rudolph is often a featured speaker at Science Center and Museum Conferences worldwide and frequently conducts accreditation reviews and assessments for the American Association of Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. He enjoys outdoor sports and is a Deputy Patrol Leader for the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol. He also enjoys adventure travel and has journeyed to rain forests in remote regions of New Guinea, Borneo, Sumatra, Gabon and Bolivia.