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Dr. Jessica Chavez

Chief Learning and Community Partnership Officer

Content expertise: organizational leadership, science education, community outreach.

Jessica Chavez, Ed.D., is the Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee Vice President of Education and Chief Learning and Community Partnership Officer at MSI. In this role, Dr. Chavez leads the Museum’s Education division and the Partnerships and Community Engagement team, which builds and expands MSI’s commitment to create authentic and meaningful relationships throughout Chicagoland and beyond.

Dr. Chavez has been working in museum education since 2015. She has a track record of influencing organizational movement through data-driven, research-based best practices from business and formal education. Dr. Chavez is dedicated to supporting her community and providing resources to those who have barriers in populations of need. Her holistic approach to STEM education is not one-size-fits-all, meeting people where they are to ensure not only resources are being provided, but empowering the community she serves.

She started her career at Arizona Science Center as the Vice President of Innovative Learning Strategies at the Center where she implemented and strategized professional learning for educators across the state of Arizona. In 2020, Dr. Chavez was recruited by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, where she expanded learning initiatives to the Dallas community, ensuring alignment in support of K-12 education and creating pipeline programming for college and career readiness. She was also instrumental in helping the museum bounce back from the pandemic.

Prior to non-profit work, Dr. Chavez was an educator in Mesa, Arizona. She holds a B.A. in Art Education and an M.A. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, she was in the Learning Forward’s 2020 class and Leadership Texas Women’s 2022 class.