Staff

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.

Amanda Hawkins

Program Coordinator, Design Museum Foundation

New to Boston and loving it, Amanda is a self-described  ‘organized creative.’  With a degree in Art History from Skidmore College she is devoted to museum education.  A lifelong passion for art and design led to her work with contemporary art museums and design firms from New York City to Florence, Italy.

Amanda thrives in collaborative environments and combines her wide range of interests and experiences at Design Museum Foundation. Originally from New Hampshire, she is very proud of her years of volunteer work with children and enjoys traveling and playing tennis.