Design Museum Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors!


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Design Museum Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

January 9, 2017 Design Museum Foundation, a national nonprofit design museum with branches in Boston, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, is excited to announce the appointment of six new members to its Board of Directors.

  • Matt Edlen, Director of Acquisitions and Development at Gerding Edlen
  • Scott Englander, President at Longwood Energy Group
  • Lauren Jezienicki, Vice President at Bozzuto Development Company
  • Elizabeth Lowrey, Principal and Director of Interior Architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Chokdee Rutirasiri, Founder and CEO of Story+Structure
  • Madison Thompson, Senior Consultant at TMG The Mediation Group

“It’s such an honor to welcome six amazing leaders to our Board at Design Museum Foundation,” said Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of the museum. “Board service makes our work possible, and with the addition of these talented people we can continue to grow the museum and increase our impact. I’m so grateful to all our board members.”

The additional board members more than double the size of Design Museum Foundation’s governing body. The new members join Zeina Grinnell, Jeff Monahan, David Silverman, Dawn Barrett, and Deb Aldrich

“The museum is in a state of growth — our goal is to expand our presence and impact, and to do that we need top Board talent,” said Zeina Grinnell, Managing Partner for Mass Ave Properties the museum’s Board Chair. “Our board members are leaders in their industries and bring a wide array of expertise that enhances our mission. They bring tremendous positive energy and a drive to grow the museum.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of Design Museum Foundation and its mission as a living national network of ideas,” said Elizabeth Lowrey, Principal at Elkus Manfredi Architects. “We are taking the design dialogue to new places that will engage people across the country and generate new thinking far beyond the physical products and buildings that we traditionally think of as ‘design.’ There is no limit to what can be accomplished by applying design’s problem-solving process to challenges in fields like business, healthcare, and sustainability. I love the inclusiveness of the Design Museum, its reach, and its inventive, renegade spirit. It’s such a wonderful concept and opportunity, and I am lucky to be involved!”

New board member and Treasurer, Matt Edlen, Director of Acquisitions and Development at Gerding Edlen added, “I’ve had the pleasure of being part of Design Museum’s programming in Boston, Portland, and beyond, both as a participant and supporter. What has always struck me is the high level of quality and insight present in their events, exhibitions, and projects around the city. Being nomadic and multi-city, the museum is catalyzing an accessible, national design conversation, and I’m proud to now officially be part of the organization to help make sure it can continue to thrive and grow.”

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At Design Museum Foundation we believe design can change the world. Done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make business more competitive, and protect our environment. Design awareness, education, and expertise are more important now than ever before as design continues to impact communities, organizations, and markets around the world. We’re redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century — we are online, nomadic, and accessible to all through a collection of exhibitions, events, and content. Design is everywhere. So are we.

Our mission: bring the transformative power of design everywhere, to inspire a world full of creative problem solvers by producing inspiring exhibitions and events, educating everyone from kids to CEOs in design thinking, and transforming cities and communities through innovative public demonstration projects.