Chevy Humphrey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science Museum in the Western Hemisphere. In January 2021, she became both the first woman and first Black American to lead this iconic institution. Humphrey leads with sound management, entrepreneurship, and deploys resources to gain market share and respect, donor confidence, and public support.
Prior to joining MSI, Humphrey served as President and CEO of Arizona Science Center since 2005, where she was the first Black American to head a science center in the United States. She created a strong organization that utilized best business practices to accelerate the strategic growth of the Science Center, both financially and through high-impact science programming. During her tenure, Humphrey grew assets from $3M to more than $42M; increased revenue growth in annual operations by 216 percent; and acquired two non-profits to maximize programming for the community.
She is a global leader in the field of informal science education, serving as Chair of the Board of the American Alliance of Museums, the world’s largest Museum association. She is a former Chair of the Board of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), which serves more than 500 Science Centers in more than 50 countries. Humphrey is the first Black American to hold that post. She was also the first person to receive ASTC’s Award for Service.
The Phoenix Business Journal named Humphrey its Mentor of the Year in 2017, the first time the award was given, as well as one of its Most Admired CEOs. She was named a Visionary Leader by the Women’s National Basketball Association by BBVA Compass and is an ATHENA award recipient from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she was selected in the 2001 inaugural class of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Fellows, the only non-CEO selected at that time.
Humphrey earned an MBA from Northeastern University, an honorary Doctor of Science and Technology degree from the University of Advancing Technology, and has attended advanced management courses at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and Yale University School of Management. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration at Grand Canyon University.