Museum of Science, Boston Appoints First Chief People Officer

September 24, 2021

Veteran HR Leader with Significant Education Experience Joins Museum Leadership Team

BOSTON, MA— The Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, announced today the appointment of Yuisa Pérez as the Museum’s first Chief People Officer. In this new role, Pérez will lead the Museum’s Human Resources Division, helping the Museum build an innovative, inclusive and high-performing culture. Pérez will also work in partnership with the Museum’s staff-led Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion committee to continue to foster equity and diversity strategies across the organization.
 
Pérez brings to the Museum over 20 years of experience as a passionate human resources leader, K-12 educator, and a champion for creating safe spaces for all communities to realize their natural talent.
 
“Yuisa is the right leader to help the Museum continue to build an engaged and high-performing culture,” said Tim Ritchie, president of the Museum of Science. “I am confident she will accelerate our pace in building a culture that aligns with our mission and values. Yuisa’s experience in education and HR aligns perfectly with the Museum’s vision of a world where science belongs to all of us for the good of us.”
 
Most recently, Pérez served as Senior Director of Human Resources at Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. Leading the human resources department for the federally qualified community health center, she successfully implemented opportunities that celebrated individuals’ unique talents through operational structures that met the needs of the workforce. 
 
Prior to that, Pérez was an educator in public schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts, where she dedicated herself in creating connections between schools, families, and the community. She worked closely with students of color to increase participation rates in STEM programming and Advanced Placement courses by infusing culturally responsive practices that mirror the diversity of the community.
 
“The Museum of Science is an iconic institution that has sparked a love of science and problem solving for so many. I am inspired by the staff’s sense of commitment to this responsibility and am excited to join a team that fosters this, attracting a workforce that represents the vastly diverse nature of the Museum’s audience, said Pérez. “I’m grateful and excited by the opportunities made available by this new platform. I am a product of this initiative, having experience with institutionalized discrimination and then through my traditional academic experiences. My path has enabled me to dedicate my educational focus and professional career to balance the inequities impacting communities of color.”
 
The Museum conducted an in-depth search for its first Chief People Officer. With the help of a cross-divisional team of staff from all levels of the organization, they developed the criteria for this role and participated in the interview process. Under new leadership and with a renewed commitment to the opportunity for impact that institutions like the Museum of Science can have in their community and in the world, Pérez’s appointment comes at an exciting time in the Museum’s 191-year history.
 

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