Staff

Liz Pawlak

Vice President, Design Museum Foundation

Liz is the Vice President of Design Museum Foundation. She has a background in architecture and a passion for design. Her goal is to elevate design through education and her work with the Museum is constantly upholding that.  Liz places real value on clear communication and thoughtful design.

After earning a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, Liz went on to work as a Designer at Payette for five years. She worked on laboratory and healthcare projects that ranged in scale from a room to an entire University. Her expertise in workplace culture and education stemmed from her time as the co-chair of Payette’s Young Designers Core (YDC),  where she developed unique educational opportunities within the firm. Since, she has presented on such topics as, Developing Young Leaders and Generosity in the Workplace.

 

 

 

 

Tess Favini

Events & Marketing Producer

Tess Favini is an event producer with a diverse background in special event programming and arts management. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts Management with a minor in Communications concentrating in Public Relations. She has managerial experience in a variety of different artistic disciplines, including curatorial practice, art history, grant writing, and performing arts management.

Through her work with various cultural organizations in The Berkshires, Tess developed a passion for arts and event management that she is excited to expand through Design Museum Boston. In her spare time, Tess enjoys visiting museums, knitting, and reading.

Sam Aquillano

Executive Director, Design Museum Foundation

Sam Aquillano is Founder and Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation, a national network of local design museums operating three sites Design Museum Boston, Design Museum Portland in Oregon, Design Museum San Francisco, and growing across the country. Their mission is to educate the world about the importance of design in our lives.

Design is everywhere, so the museum has no permanent address — instead, Sam and his team turn the museum inside out and turn entire cities into locally-focused, nomadic design museums. Sam earned a BFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to design consumer electronics at Bose Corporation, as well as to teach design at Wentworth Institute of Technology, MassArt, and Babson College — where he earned his MBA.

With a passion for design, creativity, and learning, Sam creates a long-term vision for the museum and leads a dedicated team while managing key programs and strategic operations. In 2013 Sam and his team were named one of BostInno’s 50 on Fire.