The DuPage Children’s Museum has announced that Sarah Orleans of Portland, Ore., will assume the position of president and CEO of the museum in Naperville.
Orleans will take over following the retirement of 22-year president Susan E. Broad later this month.
“I am honored by the opportunity to join such a dynamic and highly-regarded organization with a clear and focused mission to transform the learning landscape for young children,” said Orleans. “DuPage Children’s Museum has a rich history in this community and is recognized nationally for its work in early learning. I’m inspired by the deep commitment of the board, staff, volunteer community, members, and donors to lead this world-class organization into the next chapter.”
She brings two decades of executive leadership experience, including work at two well-known nonprofit organizations on both the East and West coasts, museum officials said. Her credentials are extensive in strategic planning and implementation, fiscal and organizational management, partnership development, and all elements of educational programming.
Orleans will relocate to the Chicago region from Portland, where she previously held the position of executive director of Portland Children’s Museum for eight years. Under her leadership, attendance at the museum grew significantly to 320,000 visitors annually.
Working alongside an education team, Orleans established The Museum Center for Learning, dedicated to research and professional development for educators, and funded by the Paul Allen Foundation (co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates).
“We are fortunate to have attracted a children’s museum executive the caliber of Sarah Orleans, who combines a deep passion for our mission of early learning for all children with a 20-year track record of successful organizational leadership,” said DuPage Children’s Museum Board Chairman David Carpenter.
“The search committee was extremely thoughtful and thorough in our search for a candidate that could take this museum to the next level, who has a passion for the education of young children, a vision for the future, and an understanding of the important role that this museum plays in the community,” Carpenter said.
Orleans will begin working with the museum on Feb. 3.
The DuPage Children’s Museum is located at 301 N. Washington St. in Naperville.