President & CEO
President and CEO, Museum of Science & Industry
Molly Demeulenaere has more than a decade of progressive experience crafting and implementing bold visions for cultural organizations in the Tampa Bay area and beyond, while creating new community partnerships worth millions of dollars. Demeulenaere’s personal belief is that one person can make a difference.
In leadership roles at MOSI since 2013, Demeulenaere has secured the largest private donation in MOSI’s history; brought America’s first driverless car experience for the general public to MOSI; overhauled MOSI’s food service business; and made significant progress in improving the daily operations, financials, and overall guest experience of MOSI.
Demeulenaere currently serves as a board member for the Florida Association of Museums and the Tampa Innovation Alliance. She also serves as co-chair of the Tampa Bay STEM Ecosystem, and as a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Public Policy Committee. Named a Tampa Bay Business Journal “person to watch” and a Florida Trend “key player,” her leadership has led to MOSI’s recognition with a Noyce Foundation Bright Lights Award for community service in 2014, and the selection of MOSI and Tampa as the host location for ASTC’s worldwide conference of science center leaders in 2016.
In June 2015, MOSI’s board voted unanimously to name Demeulenaere as President and CEO from among 83 applicants after a worldwide search. She had served as Interim CEO for the previous ten months. In her current role, Demeulenaere leads the science center’s overall direction and planning; manages operations, including financials, facilities, marketing, programming, and education; and oversees all fundraising, including strategic partnerships, annual giving, capital and endowment campaigns, fundraising events, and donor development.
Prior to joining MOSI, Demeulenaere (pronounced “De-mew-len-air”) served in leadership roles at GWIZ – The Science Museum, the Science and Environment Council of Sarasota County, and the Sarasota County Arts Council. A product of the same type of informal education that’s practiced and celebrated every day at MOSI, Demeulenaere is known for her ability to build relationships with all types of constituencies, while her passion for science and out-of-the-classroom learning supports MOSI’s core ideology of making a difference in people’s lives by making science real.