The Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Children's Museum announced April 8 that Shannon Martin Roberts has been selected as the organization's new executive director. "Our Blue Ribbon Task Force determined that we should hire a leader with business experience and Shannon comes to us with a winning combination and track record of successful business and museum management plus children's museum leadership experience," said Sally Mittler, Board President. Martin Roberts earned her MBA from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and brings more than 15 years of experience in strategic organizational growth, fundraising and nonprofit management in the arts, and advocacy for youth.
A former member of the Santa Fe Children's Museum, Martin Roberts has lived in Santa Fe part time for more than 20 years. As a young mother, Martin Roberts said she was impressed by the hands-on learning experience that the museum offered her daughter, Montana. Martin Roberts then moved into a career in the arts, which included a post as executive director of the Dallas Children’s Museum. During her tenure, Martin Roberts developed sustainable models for program growth by implementing innovative outreach programs and new partnerships that addressed shrinking field trip budgets and economic shifts. Martin Roberts then skillfully guided the Dallas Children’s Museum into a merger with the Museum of Science and Nature, the now renowned Perot Museum of Science and Nature.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such a beloved institution that has enriched the lives of so many families in Northern New Mexico,” said Martin Roberts. “It is not often that you have the opportunity to guide an institution that influenced your career and I take this responsibility very seriously as the museum approaches its 30th anniversary.” Founding directors Ellyn Feldman, Ellen Biderman and Susan McIntosh agree: “She’s the right leader at the right time for the museum.”
Santa Fe residents and museum members are invited to meet Shannon at the museum on Friday May 10, from 3 tp 6 p.m. Admission will be free after 2 p.m.
Photo: Jennifer Esperanza