JoAnn Newman

JoAnn Newman

President & CEO of the
Orlando Science Center

Originally from Pennsylvania, JoAnn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She began her career as an engineer with AT&T Microelectronics in Allentown, PA and relocated to Orlando in 1989 with AT&T. When she left the corporation, now known as Agere Systems, in 2003, she had risen to the position of Vice President of Manufacturing with responsibility for a staff of 650. JoAnn joined the Orlando Science Center in 2003 and prior to being named President and CEO in 2009, she served as Director of Exhibits, then Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. During her time as CEO, the Orlando Science Center has seen tremendous growth with total attendance doubling, now reaching over 650,000 people annually. JoAnn is dedicated to guiding the Orlando Science Center as a strong community partner for informal science education, family engagement and workforce development.