Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Science Center
Joanna Haas joined Kentucky Science Center as CEO in 2008. Under Haas’ leadership the science center has activated a vibrant “Do Science” brand platform spurred by nationally-recognized Science in Play and statewide collaborations, partnerships and signature programs that push the center’s physical presence to nearly all corners of the state and region. Haas and her team have developed sustainable business practices resulting in diversified revenue streams, including $1 million in new revenue over the last five years alone, and have cultivated a highly envied and productive organizational culture.
Prior to Louisville, Haas held executive management positions with a variety of attractions including Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Ford Motor Company’s Spirit of Ford, and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Her career began at COSI in Columbus, Ohio where over a nearly ten year period she held a number of management positions.
Haas serves as a member of the national Association of Children’s Museums Board of Directors and on numerous community boards including Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Greater Louisville Inc. Arts & Cultural Attractions Committee, and the strategic planning committee for Central Presbyterian Church. For more than nine years Haas served as a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Board of Directors and as Chair of the Leadership and Field Development Committee of this global association. Haas completed the Getty’s Museum Management Institute program in 2002, Leadership Kentucky in 2015 and Leadership Louisville in 2010.
In 2012, Haas received the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). Haas has been published in numerous professional journals including Dimensions (ASTC), Hand to Hand (Association of Children’s Museum), and Museum (American Alliance of Museums). In April 2006, Haas’ family expanded through adoption when Winston Palmer Haas was born.