Executive Director

Executive Director

Yerkes Future Foundation

Williams Bay, WI   |   August 26, 2020

About Yerkes Future Foundation

The mission of the Yerkes Future Foundation (“YFF”) is to preserve and protect Yerkes Observatory, celebrate its history and continue to foster its goals of research, education and astronomical observation by providing the opportunity to engage to all.

History of Yerkes Observatory

Yerkes Observatory, the birthplace of modern astrophysics, is a majestic, iconic building with a rich history of science discovery and education. Its status within the world of astronomy is extraordinary. Since 1897, Yerkes Observatory has welcomed astronomers, astronauts, Nobel prize winners, scientists, educators and others to its beautiful location in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Yerkes Observatory was established in 1897 and for its first +120 years, was funded and operated by the University of Chicago. In 2018, the University of Chicago made the decision to close the Observatory. Over a period of two years, a community-based organization—the Yerkes Future Foundation (“YFF”)—pressed forward to secure ownership and to protect, preserve, enhance and expand the Observatory. In May 2020, the transfer of ownership was completed.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director (“ED”) of Yerkes Observatory provides vision, leadership and management to ensure the YFF organization fulfills its mission and achieves its goals for excellence, education and public engagement.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alison Ranney, Anne McCarthy and Alison Salisbury are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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