Executive Director Michael Shanklin

Michael Shanklin is a native of Los Angeles and has been an integral part of kidSTREAM over the past three years, serving as an Advisor and champion of kidSTREAM. Prior to taking the helm as kidSTREAM’s inaugural Executive Director, Michael served the Explore! Children’s Museum as Project Advisor in October of 2019.  Shanklin was previously the CEO of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA where he led his team on a $13M capital campaign to rejuvenate the museum, significantly increasing attendance, earned revenue, and access for low to moderate income families. 

He held leadership positions with The Discovery Science Place and was on the senior leadership team for the $29M expansion of the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum.  Michael involves himself deeply in local and national causes, having served on the Association of Children’s Museum Board, the California Association of Museums, Junior League of Pasadena Advisory Board, and the Smith County Child Welfare Board.  He also volunteers his time as an American Alliance of Museums Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program.