Michelle B. Larson, Ph.D.
President and CEO
An accomplished astrophysicist with a passion for science education, Dr. Larson is the Adler's ninth leader. As president of America's first planetarium, Dr. Larson oversees a twenty-first century space science center that includes the institution's landmark museum complex, exhibition galleries, and three theaters; a robust research enterprise; one of the world's leading collections documenting the history of science; and an award-winning education and outreach program. Dr. Larson’s professional passion is enabling engagement and communication between scientists and the public. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from Montana State University, and did her doctoral work in neutron star astrophysics. It was during this time that she discovered astronomy as a vehicle to engage people in science.
Ginevra Stirling Ranney
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Ms. Ranney leads the museum’s efforts to secure philanthropic support, working closely with the president and board of trustees. She has been a member of the development team at the Adler Planetarium since 1999 and has served in a variety of roles, including campaign director for the Adler’s $40 million Lift-Off! Capital Campaign, which ultimately raised $54 million. Most recently, Ms. Ranney was the associate vice president for development. She holds fifteen years of experience in fundraising including board development, capital campaigns, major and individual gifts, corporate and foundation relations, and event management. Before joining the Adler, Ms. Ranney was the assistant director of special gifts and the Grateful Patient Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She graduated with honors from Kenyon College.
Janice R. Promer
Executive Vice President and COO
Ms. Promer joined the Adler in March 2010 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, after serving for six years as chief financial officer and vice president for finance at The Erikson Institute in Chicago. Both the Adler and Erikson are nonprofits that focus on academics, research, and education. Prior to Erikson, she spent 20 years at Amoco Corporation (now part of British Petroleum) in various roles, including corporate finance, commodity risk management, strategic planning and supply, and logistics operations and financial reporting. She has also served as controller / chief administrative officer at The Great Books Foundation and as chief financial officer and board member of Success Lab, Inc., both in Chicago. Ms. Promer holds a BA in chemistry from Northwestern University and an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.