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Board of Trustees

The Adler Planetarium Board of Trustees is a diverse team of corporate, philanthropic, civic, and academic leaders who help the Adler fulfill its role as one of the world’s leading science education and space exploration institutions. As members of the museum’s governing body, Trustees set and oversee Adler plans and policies, serve as ambassadors to the larger community, secure support for programs, and are primary stewards of the Adler’s finances and museum collections.

A Message from President & CEO, Michelle B. Larson

At the Adler, we are committed to nurturing exploration through fun, dynamic, hands-on science experiences. Through the centuries-old artifacts in our collections, frontier technologies in citizen science, and everything in between, the Adler is dedicated to #SpaceforEveryone: finding new ways to make science accessible to the public—regardless of age, interest, or abilities.

The Adler is more than a museum—it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community. We believe in #AstroEverywhere—celebrating astronomy and space science within our museum walls and beyond. That’s why we are bringing Adler scientists to your neighborhood through programs like ‘Scopes in the City. This year, we planned over 20 observing events by partnering with Chicago libraries, schools, parks, and churches to bring the museum—and the universe—a little closer to home.

So, without further ado, #LetsDoScience! At the Adler, every day is a new opportunity to wonder about the universe, observe objects in our solar system, or discover something new about our planet. Adler sky shows like Destination Solar System and One World One Sky combine real images of space with approachable dialogue to send you on an interactive, immersive space adventure. And, our very own Doane Observatory is open daily. So what are you waiting for? Come join us in exploring space!

We hope to see you soon at America’s First Planetarium.

Michelle B. Larson, PhD



Kecia Steelman, Chair
Nancy S. Gerrie, Vice Chair
Aaron C. Rudberg, Vice Chair
Daniel T. Mueller, Secretary
Jonathan H. Herbst, Treasurer
Michelle B. Larson, PhD, President and CEO

Elected Trustees

Cynthia L. Ballew
Russell F. Bartmes
Raj Bhatia
Neil Book
Liam Caffrey
David A. Crown, PhD
Daniel R. Eder
John W. Estey
Lilly Farahnakian
Tacy Flint
Ryan Garino
Muhammad Gigani
Raj P. Gupta, PE
Carol Hibbard
Amelia Huntington
Seth E. Jacobson
Linda P. Jojo
Catherine Kenworthy
Peter J. Langas
Lisa H. Lewis
Steven S. Louis, MD
Betsy McKenna
Michael J. McMurray
Maryann N. McNally
James C. Murray
Randy Nornes
James J. O’Connor, Jr.
Jackson Pallas
Ian C. Radomski
Christopher Rauch
Brad Serlin
Brooke Graydon Slade
Scott C. Swanson
Kevin Thompson
Tina M. Tromiczak

Life Trustees

Carolyn Doane Bowman
Linda I. Celesia
Donald C. Clark, Jr.
Frank M. Clark
Earle M. Combs III
Bryan C. Cressey
J. Douglas Donenfeld
Michel J. Feldman
David W. Fox, Sr.
Howard S. Goss
Captain James A. Lovell, Jr.
David Mintzer, PhD
Edward J. Williams

Ex-Officio Trustees

John E. Carlstrom, PhD
The University of Chicago

Rosa Escareno
Chicago Park District

Wendy L. Freedman, PhD
The University of Chicago

Nancy Emrich Freeman
Co-Chair, Adler Planetarium Friends of the Webster Institute

Michelle B. Larson, PhD
President and CEO, Adler Planetarium

Ashley Hemphill Netzky
Chicago Park District

Sean B. Reynolds
Northwestern University

Past Board Chairs

Linda P. Jojo, 2020–2023
Pradip K. Patiath, 2017–2020
Scott C. Swanson, 2014–2017
Joseph T. Lower, 2014
John W. Estey, 2011–2014
Bryan C. Cressey, 2008–2011
Frank M. Clark, 2005–2008
Donald C. Clark, Jr., 2002-2005
Howard S. Goss, 2000–2002
J. Douglas Donenfeld, 1991–2000
Jerry E. Dempsey, 1988–1991
Roderick S. Webster, 1985–1988
James J. Brice, 1981–1985
Kenneth Nebenzahl, 1978–1981
Harold Byron Smith, Jr., 1975–1978
Emory Williams, 1971–1975
Hermon Dunlap Smith, 1968–1971


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