The Utica Children’s Museum has announced Elizabeth Slocum Brando has been appointed as their new Executive Director. Brando has more than 16 years experience in cultural institutions of varied sizes an announcement to the press said.
“We are delighted to have selected someone of Brando’s caliber to advance the Museum’s impact and presence in the community as a leading resource for hands-on play and learning,” said Celia Domser, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Elizabeth’s education, experience in the
field, fundraising successes, and business experience made her the perfect candidate.”
Brando said, “I am honored to lead the Utica Children’s Museum, one of Mohawk Valley’s premier attractions for family engagement, through its next phase of growth. Our new mission is to ‘offer an environment that supports every child’s natural curiosity to learn through handson,
play-based exploration’ and I look forward to working with the community to provide innovative experiences in the fields of early childhood education, STEM and informal science, and the arts to all visitors. My first initiative is to expand the hours of service and I invite you to
join us in achieving this goal. Please go to UticaCM.org for more information.”
Brando received her B.S. in Marketing and her M.B.A. from the University of Arizona. Her experience includes leadership positions at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, the Paleontological Research Institution and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, and the School for Advanced Research.
“The Utica Children’s Museum looks forward to new partnerships with human services agencies, regional tourism venues, and neighborhood businesses to enhance our visitor’s
experience. Working together, we can create a unique cultural institution for the region and I cannot wait to get started,” Brando said.
Prior her appointment, Brando served as the vice president for development at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to that, she served as the associate director for institutional advancement for the Ithaca-based Paleontological Research Institution and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, where she successfully completed the Institution’s $1.175 million anniversary campaign. Other
museum-related work experience includes serving in development roles for the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Tribeca and the Fraunces Tavern Museum in Lower Manhattan.
Before working in nonprofit administration, Brando was employed in Silicon Valley with various technology companies. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she
received her MBA from the Eller College of Management where she was a finalist in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship’s business plan competition. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and daughter.
About the Utica Children’s Museum
The Utica Children’s Museum was founded on August 1, 1963 and is housed in a building located in the
heart of Utica’s historic Bagg’s Square district. The Museum currently offers approximately 60
exhibits and experiences throughout four floors of play space and is in the process of being transformed into a hands-on, interactive destination that is expected to impact more than 100,000 visitors over the next five years.
The Utica Children’s Museum is housed in the John C. Hieber Building, a historic commercial building located at Utica in Oneida County, New York. It was built in 1893 and is a five story, rectangular flat roofed, red brick structure, 60 feet by 100 feet, with a random ashlar stone foundation. It was built as a combined sales and warehouse facility. It was a work of Utica architect Frederick H. Gouge and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.