Jeffrey Rudolph is the President and CEO of the California Science Center and the President of the California Science Center Foundation. He provided the leadership for the planning, design, fundraising and implementation of the California Science Center Master Plan which transformed the California Museum of Science and Industry into the new California Science Center and created an award-winning Exposition Park Master Plan to guide the redevelopment of Exposition Park in central Los Angeles.
The California Science Center's first phase opened to the public in February 1998 and immediately received international recognition and public support. Implementation of the Master Plan for the California Science Center and Exposition Park continued with the completion in 2003 of the Science Center School and Center for Science Learning, an innovative facility combining a kindergarten - 5th grade school developed in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and a professional development center modeling best practices in science, math and technology. Phase II of the Science Center, featuring Ecosystems, a unique blend of live habitats and hands-on exhibits, opened March 2010. Planning and design for Phase III began with the award of the space shuttle Endeavour to the Science Center in April 2011. Endeavour’s transport and arrival at the Science Center in 2012 garnered international attention and has significantly increased the Science Center’s stature. The space shuttle will be a major feature of the new Air and Space Center that will be the largest component of Phase III. Over $300 million of the estimated $500 million total cost of this multi-phased project has already been committed.
Rudolph received an M.B.A. from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to becoming President and CEO of the California Science Center, he served as its Executive Director and Deputy Director, as the Executive Director of the State of California's Intergovernmental Personnel Act Advisory Board, and as a Program Analyst for the Legislative Budget Committee of the California Legislature.
Rudolph is a Past Chair of the American Association of Museums. He served as Chair from 2004-2006 and served as Chair of the AAM CEO Search Committee from 2006-2007. He previously served as a member of the Board of the American Association of Museums and as Vice Chair. Rudolph is a Fellow and Past President of the Association of Science-Technology Centers. He also serves on the Board of the Science Museum Exhibits Collaborative, and has served on the Board of the National Health Science Consortium and Museum Trustees Association Advisory Council of Directors. He has previously served as Chair of the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting, and as a member of the Board of the California Association of Museums, the Organizing Committee for the World Congress of Science Centers and the National Academy of Science's Defense Reinvestment Advisory Board.
Rudolph serves as a member of the California Council on Science and Technology, and on the Boards for EXPO Center and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Rudolph is often a featured speaker at Science Center and Museum Conferences worldwide and frequently conducts accreditation reviews and assessments for the American Association of Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.