MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is pleased to announce three new members to its board of directors, Josh Blumer, Jill Chase and Richard Hutton. MOXI’s volunteer board of directors works directly with the museum’s president and chief executive officer to oversee and support the organization’s commitment to its mission to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity.
“MOXI is fortunate to have three new passionate advocates for science learning on our team,” said Robin Gose, president and chief executive officer of MOXI. “Josh, Jill and Richard each bring a unique point of view to our existing board and I am excited to get to work with them as we build on the success of MOXI’s first year.”
Josh Blumer is the co-founder, partner and principal architect for Santa Barbara-based AB design studio, an award-winning architecture, interior design and urban planning firm and one of the primary firms responsible for the design of MOXI’s stunning building at 125 State Street. Other notable projects in Santa Barbara include the conversion and improvement of numerous Funk Zone properties including The Lark and Lucky Penny restaurants and Sonos’ office and lab spaces.
Blumer is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His first architecture job was with Shubin and Donaldson Architects where he worked for 10 years on the successful growth of the architecture studio and many significant design-based projects. He is a licensed California Architect, an active member of the American Institute of Architects and a sitting member of the Santa Barbara South County Board of Architectural Review. Blumer recently completed 10 years of service on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara where he served his last few years as Vice President.
Jill Chase is vice president of the HHV-6 Foundation, a nonprofit institution based in Santa Barbara that supports the scientific advancement of research and treatment of diseases related to the HHV-6 and HHV-7 viruses. She helps fund, execute and publish new research, as well as host international conferences for virologists and clinical researchers. She holds a graduate degree in Neuroscience from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Colorado. During her coursework, she conducted experiments with the space shuttle missions as well as Space Station Mir.
When Chase relocated to Santa Barbara in 2003 and started a family, she became very involved with several nonprofit organizations centered around science and education and has over 12 years of experience supporting programs that aim to inspire our youngest citizens to stay curious and ask questions. At MOXI, Chase has graciously agreed to co-chair the museum’s second annual MOXI@Night fundraising gala which will be held on Saturday, September 22 of this year.
Until recently, Richard Hutton was Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Communication and Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches courses in the Blue Horizons program in UCSB’s Film and Media Studies department as well as strategic environmental and communications coursework in UCSB’s Bren School for Environmental Science and Management. Hutton holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley.
Hutton’s previous media, management and design experience spans more than 20 years across a variety of organizations. He moved to Santa Barbara to become Executive Director of UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center where he managed its evolution to a fully functioning interdisciplinary center for teaching, research and public programming in film, television and media. Before coming to Santa Barbara, he was the Vice President of Media Development for Vulcan Productions, responsible for the production of numerous award-winning documentaries, television series and feature films. Hutton also spent seven years working for the Walt Disney Company in executive roles in Disney Imagineering and for the Disney Institute. At MOXI, Hutton is co-chairing the recently created Visitor Experience board committee which will provide recommendations and insight to MOXI’s staff team about the overall museum guest experience.
In its first year, MOXI was named one of the best new museums in the world by Fodor’s Travel as well as one of the country’s best new attractions in a USA Today’s reader’s poll. The nonprofit museum relies on revenue from daily ticket sales and memberships as well as contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations to fund its ongoing operations and educational programming.