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Juliette Francis - Vice President of Mission Advancement

Juliette Francis became the Science Museum’s vice president of Mission Advancement in March 2023, but her service to the museum has seen a decade-long evolution. 

A lifelong learner who believes deeply in the museum’s work, Francis joined the senior leadership team in 2013 to lead the Human Resources function, which centered on the needs and goals of the museum’s paid staff and volunteers. Her role expanded into the vice president of People and Museum Culture, in which Francis oversaw the museum’s overall strategy for visitor relations, human resources, volunteer services, and evaluation and research. As the leader of this dynamic division, she was key to building and managing a people-centric organization where staff and volunteers could see their impact on the museum’s mission to inspire learning, inform policy, and improve lives.

Now, as vice president of Mission Advancement, Francis is taking what she’s learned about fostering relationships in service of that mission and applying it to the engagement of donors, companies, foundations, community partners, and government partners in opportunities to support and advance the Science Museum’s work. In this role, she also oversees the museum’s marketing, events, and research and evaluation functions, as well as its board relations efforts.

Prior to her work at the Science Museum, Francis held leadership positions for College Possible, Girl Scout Council of River Valleys, and Fury Motors. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and is pursuing an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She has served on the boards of Neighbors, Inc., Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, South St. Paul Jaycees, and as an advisor to the Inver Hills Community College – Business Program.