Executive Director, Museum of Science and History
Maria Hane is the Executive Director of the Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville. In her 4-year tenure at MOSH, she has completed more than $1.75 million in capital improvements including the new state-of-the-art Bryan-Gooding Planetarium which opened in November 2010. The museum’s newest permanent exhibit, JEA PowerPlay: Exploring our Energy Choices, opened in April 2013 along with the fully renovated JEA Science Theater.
Under Maria's direction, MOSH was the first in the state to host the award-winning RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit engaging more than 45,000 people in a community-wide dialogue on the origins, and the fallacy, of the cultural-based concept of race. She is a founding member of Cultural Fusion, a collaborative network of arts and cultural organizations in Jacksonville leveraging the power of the collective to lead change in the community.
Prior to her position at MOSH, Maria served as Deputy Director of Operations at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and as the Director of Written Communications for Jacksonville Mayor John D. Delaney. During her 19-year tenure in the non-profit and public service sector, she has served in key positions with extensive experience in volunteer and board development, communications, governance and strategic planning.
Maria serves on the Boards of the Florida Association of Museums, Non Profit Center of Northeast Florida and Visit Jacksonville and is an active member of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2002 and the Jacksonville Women’s Network.
Maria graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s of Art in Communications.