Bay Area Discovery Museum Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Kelly joined Bay Area Discovery Museum in January of 2020. Before Bay Area Discovery Museum, she served as the Deputy Director of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for six years. Prior to OMCA, Kelly held leadership roles at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Kelly also serves on the Board of the American Alliance of Museums.
Director of Playful Learning Experiences
Drew leads the Learning and Museum Experience teams. He brings over 10 years of experience in educational leadership and community engagement to the museum. In his most recent role as the Principal at William G. Paden Elementary School in Alameda, where their motto is Learn and Play by the Bay, Drew led his team in creating a student maker space, family play nights, and innovative recess experiences that were about more play and less rules! Motivated by his own childhood being raised by a Reggio Emilia-inspired educator, Drew has been an advocate for playful learning throughout his professional career in schools across California. Drew earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications from Indiana University, and Masters in Multiple Subject Teaching from Loyola Marymount University, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University of Northridge.
Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Monica Bonny has over twenty years of finance, strategy, and operations experience across multiple sectors. Prior to joining Bay Area Discovery Museum, Monica served as CFO/COO at two nonprofits: most recently Canal Alliance, a nonprofit focused on breaking the generational cycle of poverty for Latino immigrants, and before that at Alder Graduate School of Education, a teacher residency program committed to preparing teachers who mirror the demographics of their students. Monica also served as an elected school board member for eight years; a management consultant for Deloitte; and an underwriter for GE Capital. Monica earned a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Wharton in Finance.
Director of Development
Denise joined the Bay Area Discovery Museum in 2021, bringing with her more than 14 years of experience working for San Francisco cultural organizations and nonprofits. Prior to joining the Bay Area Discovery Museum team, Denise served as the Development Director at Founders Pledge, a start-up focused on enabling increased philanthropy among tech Entrepreneurs. Denise’s professional background also includes a history of success with capital campaigns and fundraisers at area institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Symphony. In her work at Bay Area Discovery Museum, Denise draws on a love for the cultural fabric of the Bay Area. She is inspired and motivated by her relationships with philanthropists and community leaders, in addition to the opportunity to broaden access to museums in our community.
Director of Marketing and Visitor Experience
As Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Director of Marketing and Visitor Experience, JJ oversees the team responsible for creating a welcoming, valuable, and consistent experience for all of the museum’s audiences. He brings to this role years of experience working with children in a variety of professional capacities, a passion for marketing, and a strong belief in investing in early childhood. Prior to joining the museum in 2017, JJ served as the Marketing & Communications Director for Troon Golf – Marin Country Club. He holds a Bachelor’s in History from Colorado State University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Sonoma State University.
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