• Lori Mannel Stepping Down as Museum Director

    Lori Mannel is stepping down from her position as the Executive Director of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.  Mannel made this decision in support of her husband accepting a new job in Houston, Texas. Mannel and her family will be leaving Monterey at the end of December.

    Chris Hasegawa, the President of the Museum Board of Directors, states, “Lori often describes Natural History as ‘Knowing a place as one would know a good friend.’ Today, our community is losing a good friend and a visionary leader. Lori has once again brought our 132 year old institution to the fore front of the natural history movement extending the Museum past the building and into our local communities, woodlands, fields, and beaches. We are looking forward to honoring and continuing Lori’s work by identifying a leader who will continue to advance the Museum as a living field guide of the California Central Coast and a regional resource.”

    During Mannel’s six-year tenure as the Executive Director, the Museum earned re-accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums; a distinction awarded to fewer than 5% of all American Museums. The Museum’s collection care and management was significantly enhanced with the digitization of the Museum’s collection catalog and improved collection storage. Last year, the Museum galleries were visited by over 77,000 people and the City of Pacific Grove approved an architectural permit for a new Butterfly Pavilion. Over 13,000 people participated in the Museum’s cultural and science education programs including class field trips, teacher professional development programs, Science Saturdays, Night Owl programming, and citizen science programs. The Museum’s role in providing education and interpretation at Pacific Grove’s Monarch Grove Sanctuary has expanded to include citizen science monarch monitoring throughout Monterey County both educating students in field research techniques and contributing to monarch research at Cal Poly University and the University of Georgia. Strategic partnerships also include the Museum becoming a Gateway Partner of the Bureau of Land Management in support of education and interpretation for the California Coastal National Monument. The Museum also partners with the NOAA Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to be the LiMPETS Coordinator for this region. The University of California Cooperative Education has selected the Museum as their provider of the California Naturalist Certification Program for Monterey and Santa Clara Counties.


    Mannel will be working with the Museum Board of Directors in seeking a successor who will continue to lead the Museum of Natural History to inspire wonder, discovery, and stewardship of our natural world.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 1, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Uncategorized


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