Judy Forrester

Judy Forrester

Judy Forrester has been appointed permanent CEO and executive director of The New Children’s Museum, the museum announced.

Forrester, a business and civic leader, served six months in an interim leadership capacity prior to the museum board’s appointment.

“When we hired Judy Forrester as our interim CEO and executive director, we knew she’d be a good fit for our short-term needs, said board Chair Kris Dickinson. “She has set a positive tone and started steering the ship so the senior staff could focus on what they do best — providing opportunities for children to engage with and experience art,”

According to the museum, Forrester has more than 15 years of experience as a senior executive in nonprofit, health care, financial and civic leadership organizations. She also has strong ties to the community. Most recently, she served as USO San Diego president and CEO. Prior to that role she was senior vice president for Bank of America, where she was responsible for managing the bank’s local community strategy and charitable/marketing resources. Forrester served as president and CEO of LEAD San Diego, the region’s civic and community leadership development organization. Forrester has also held leadership roles with the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter, American Specialty Health, San Diego Regional Continuum of Care and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Since re-opening in 2008, The New Children’s Museum has touched over 1,000,000 lives and plays a unique and important role in San Diego as a special place where creativity flourishes, imagination expands and families connect,” said Forrester. “I’m proud to join an organization of this caliber that truly helps develop key skills children need.”