Previously, Mr. Griesmer held the position of President & CEO of The Children's Museum of West Hartford, CT where he orchestrated a strategic turnaround reestablishing the financial sustainability of that organization. This facility serves as a regional children’s educational resource whose programmatic experiences and outreach incorporated a Planetarium, hands on science exhibits, a wildlife sanctuary, 150 acre nature preserve with five miles of walking trails and one of the oldest pre-schools in the nation. While at The Children’s Museum, Mr. Griesmer served as Executive Producer of the NASA funded animated planetarium show, “From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet” which is currently in national distribution.
Mr. Griesmer began his career in the science center world in 1987 when he was taped to oversee the construction and start-up of Connecticut’s second largest tourist attraction, The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. As COO of this institution, during his 23 year tenure, he oversaw operations and administration, finance, exhibits development, IMAX and marketing. His efforts significantly impacted attendance growth and brand awareness. Today, The Maritime Aquarium continues to be a leading STEM center of excellence in the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Griesmer has taught on the secondary level, managed the operations of RCA International in Alexandria, Egypt under contract to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and was Managing Director of a $50 million construction company with over 550 employees in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. prior to beginning his career in informal science centers.
Mr. Griesmer was the recipient of a Rotary International Research Grant awarded in order to conduct economic research at the National University of Cordoba, Argentina where he published a book of economic essays, entitled, “Economic Nationalism: A Strategy for Development and Other Economic Essays”, (originally written in Spanish, published by Instituto De Economia Y Finanzas, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba and Comercia y Justicia).
He is currently principal investigator for the STEM 360: Multi-Setting, Multi-platform STEM Education Engagement Program and Research Study. The full Phase I and 2 reports are available on this and the Center’s web site. Phase 3 is now in progress and designed to evaluate the challenges and measure outcomes of distance learning in the 5th grade.
Mr. Griesmer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The State University of New York at Oswego in Economics and Spanish. He studied at the University of Puerto Rico, University of Madrid, Spain, the University Ibero-Americana, Mexico, District Federal and the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. Mr. Griesmer holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has also taken graduate courses in economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affair, Syracuse University and graduate course work in education at Dowling College, New York.
Besides speaking before local organizations, Mr. Griesmer has appeared on local and national TV and radio where he has promoted both the institutions he was leading as well as acting as an advocate of STEM education. Over his almost 30 year career, he has participated in panel discussions at national conferences and been asked to provide advice on story line, content, and scripting of IMAX large format films. Mr. Griesmer’s professional affiliations include, inter alia, GSCA, ASTC, AZA, and AAM.
His most recent publications include the Association of Science Dimension magazine issue, “The Future of Science Centers”, is co-authored with John H. Falk, Ph.D, is entitled “Future Trajectories for STEM Education at Virginia Air & Space Center”, “Dimensions” January-February 2019 pages, 31-36 and “Trail Blazing STEM Education”, ROOM Space Journal, Griesmer, Summer 2020(24), pages, 97-100, both of which are accessible on this web site under “articles”.