January 14, 2020
Koya is delighted to announce the placement of Rabiah Mayas as Vice President of Education and Guest Experience at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
Rabiah Mayas is the Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee Vice President of Education and Guest Experience at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). In this role, Mayas leads the Museum’s Welcome to Science Initiative, which connects the Museum’s core audiences – youth, families, educators, and adults – to high-quality, relationship-based STEM programming.
Prior to this role, Mayas served as the Associate Director of Northwestern University’s Science in Society, a research center focused on interdisciplinary collaborations in support of collective impact STEM education models. She was also previously the Director of Science and Integrated Strategies at the MSI. Key program areas developed or expanded under her leadership include STEM career exploration events for youth, the Museum’s maker-based programs, the Black Creativity initiative, and science learning research. She also served as the Science Director for Science Chicago, a yearlong festival that engaged more than 140 partners and highlighted STEM through nearly 1,000 public programs.
Mayas was raised in the Washington, D.C. area and earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a certificate in Modern Languages and Linguistics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she was also Meyerhoff Scholar. She later earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular from the University of Chicago. She is a member of numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the Chicago Children’s Museum Advisory Board and the Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CAISE) taskforces. Across her professional and personal endeavors, Rabiah is committed to working toward equitable access to STEM as a mechanism for securing positive academic, economic, and health futures.