We are pleased to welcome Shaleiah Fox as Thinkery’s Chief Advancement Officer (CAO)! Shaleiah comes to us with over a decade of nonprofit leadership and fundraising experience in Austin and has deep roots in the community, serving on numerous boards and as a mentor to many. Her vision and expertise in building inclusive spaces through meaningful engagement and philanthropy will be a perfect complement to our team as Thinkery continues to create inspirational learning experiences for all children.
Shaleiah embraces her role as Thinkery’s philanthropic ambassador. While she’s new to the team, she is not new to Thinkery. “Thinkery has been a huge part of my family’s life since our oldest, Miles, was six months old,” Shaleiah shared. “We became Members, thanks to our parents, and spent many weekends playing and learning here. I became a better playmate, parent, and listener thanks to this magical museum.
“Informal education has a tremendous opportunity to close achievement gaps through wonder and imagination. It’s a bit of a dream to be able to partner with so many generous companies, funders, partners and individuals to help Thinkery become a leader in play-based learning in Central Texas!” she said.
As CAO, Shaleiah will lead Thinkery’s effort to build a stronger culture of philanthropy, both in the museum and with our incredible donors throughout Central Texas. Thinkery’s Advancement team leverages fundraising, corporate and business sponsorships, marketing and communications, events, community engagement, and grant writing to further our mission to create innovative learning experiences that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. “So many are unaware that Thinkery is a nonprofit and its reach extends far beyond the museum’s four walls,” Shaleiah said.
“I am thrilled for Shaleiah to take on this critical leadership role,” said Thinkery’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Bell. “To expand Thinkery into our great community and grow impact in early learner STEAM education for ALL children, we needed someone with a passion for community and philanthropy. Shaleiah’s extensive experience in both areas will help us significantly expand our impact in the lives of Austin children and families!”
What’s next for Shaleiah as she settles into the new role? “Hopefully meeting with all of our amazing donors that make so much of what we do possible! I’m excited to learn what drives each and every gift. It’s my favorite part of fundraising.” And she means it – email her to schedule a visit with Shaleiah today!