President and CEO
Jeffrey Rudolph is the President and CEO of the California Science Center and the President of the California Science Center Foundation. He provided the leadership for the planning, design, fundraising and implementation of the California Science Center Master Plan which transformed the California Museum of Science and Industry into the new California Science Center and created an award winning Exposition Park Master Plan to guide the redevelopment of Exposition Park in central Los Angeles.
Rudolph received an M.B.A. from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to becoming President and CEO of the California Science Center, he served as its Executive Director and Deputy Director, as the Executive Director of the State of California’s Intergovernmental Personnel Act Advisory Board, and as a Program Analyst for the Legislative Budget Committee of the California Legislature.
Rudolph is Past Chair of the American Association of Museums. He served as Chair from 2004-2006, is currently Chair of the AAM CEO Search Committee. He previously served as a member of the Board of the American Association of Museums and as Vice Chair. Rudolph is also a Past President of the Association of Science-Technology Centers and serves on the Boards of the National Health Science Consortium, Science Museum Exhibits Collaborative, and Museum Trustees Association Advisory Council of Directors. He has previously served as Chair of the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting, and as a member of the Board of the California Association of Museums, the Organizing Committee for the World Congress of Science Centers and the National Academy of Science’s Defense Reinvestment Advisory Board.
He serves on the Board of the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center and served on the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Convention Center Task Force. Rudolph is often a featured speaker at Science Center and Museum Conferences worldwide and frequently conducts accreditation reviews and assessments for the American Association of Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. He enjoys outdoor sports and is a Deputy Patrol Leader for the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol. He also enjoys adventure travel and has journeyed to rain forests in remote regions of New Guinea, Borneo, Sumatra, Gabon and Bolivia.
Rudolph served on the CCST Council from 2007 through 2013.
Date Named Senior Fellow: January 1, 2017