"Carole's appointment is the exciting culmination of an extensive national search," said Anne Blodget, chair of the Museum's search committee. "In Carole, we found a leader who is passionate about the Museum's mission for kids and families, visionary about the potential and realistic about the challenges facing not-for-profit organization in today's climate."
Jonathan L. Rounds, chair of the board said "Boston Children's Museum is delighted to introduce Carole Charnow to the community as its new President and CEO. "Carole is an insightful, articulate and successful social entrepreneur who will lead Boston Children's Museum in new and visible work for diverse children and families. As we prepare for Boston Children's Museum's 100th anniversary in 2013, it is exciting to bring Carole's creativity, vision and commitment to social change to the strategic planning process."
Carole Charnow stated that "I am both honored and excited to be given this extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families in Boston. I look forward to working closely with Mayor Menino and Boston Children's Museum partners and funders to support the vision of enriching the lives of children in all of Boston's neighborhoods. It is my hope that during my tenure as the leader of Boston Children's Museum, this iconic institution, housed in a stunning new building at the hub of Boston's burgeoning waterfront, will continue its vibrant history as a family destination while encouraging meaningful exploration; a beacon for all those who dream of a society that provides education, health, happiness and opportunity to all children, both here and around the world."
Prior to Opera Boston, Charnow was the Artistic Director and Producer of the Moving Target Theatre in London; a free lance consultant and performer; and was Artistic Director and Drama Teacher at the Discovery Theatre in Newton. Charnow received a B.A. from Emerson College, a M.A. from the University of London, and completed the "Achieving Excellence" Program, an executive leadership program offered through Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Charnow will remain with Opera Boston through the end of their fiscal year (July 31), working with Board and staff to plan a successful transition. She will join Boston Children's Museum in mid-August.