PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:
Kidspace Children’s Museum appointed Ralph Barnes as the museum’s new Chief Operating Officer. Barnes will join the Senior Leadership Team and apply his 20 years of business experience to help build the future of the nonprofit museum.
By News Desk
As the former general manager of the Beverly Center and Los Angeles Union Station, Barnes has dedicated his career to community economic development, business process improvement, operations and program management, and organizational leadership.
Barnes, a leader with a passion for supporting local communities and future generations, successfully spearheaded a major renovation and growth project for the Beverly Center and led Union Station safely through times of uncertainty during the pandemic. As a longtime resident of the community and a Kidspace member, Barnes also brings a passion for the mission of Kidspace.
Founded in 1979 to increase children’s access to the arts, humanities, and sciences, Kidspace is a Southern California cultural and educational destination, with over 380,000 annual guests.
Lisa Clements, Kidspace CEO, said:
Ralph comes to Kidspace with a true passion for achieving operational excellence. He is endlessly curious, solution-oriented, and fully dedicated to building a caring, inspirational, and well-run organization with the ability to create positive social impact.
“I have had the opportunity to lead exciting initiatives with some of the city’s most iconic organizations and I’m ready to bring my experience to another icon,” said Barnes. “This role at Kidspace is an intersection of my personal and professional passions. I am excited to join this talented team.”
Ralph Barnes serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Programs & Strategy Committee for CAUSE – a community-based organization with a mission to advance the political and civic empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.
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