Jennifer Stancil is the new President and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, Florida. Stancil spent the last five years as Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED Multimedia, the PBS Affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania responsible for Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Jennifer created and directed WQED’s strategies for outreach and cutting-edge content while ensuring WQED’s position as a thought-leader in the use of media by educators, parents and the community. She joined WQED in March 2010 and launched the overall education brand – iQ:smartmedia. Stancil expanded programs in STEM and Literacy for the station, and created iQZoo.org, iQ: smartparent (TV talk show series), iQ Kids Radio (International kids’ streaming radio), as well as major projects in early childhood, gaming, women’s issues and engineering. She has worked extensively with the producers and distributors of high quality children’s programming, namely Sesame Street®, The Fred Rogers Company, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Prior to joining WQED, Stancil spent 14 years in the museum field. Prior to WQED, she was Executive Director of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership, a program of Carnegie Science Center. She is a scientist, trained in human biology, animal behavior and mathematical modeling. Her career started in Alabama and then North Carolina, working to engineer the programming for two new museums – McWane Science Center and Marbles Kids Museum (previously Exploris). Her start-up savvy helped build and solidify the reputation of those institutions and their educational program excellence in their respective communities.
Her work has taken her across the world, to train and motivate those in the museum, broadcasting, educational, and corporate worlds as well as help design and build the capacity of non-profits. She has developed successful online and offline curriculum, notably BrainCake.org, which had 377,000 visitor experiences in 2009, and won the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). She is an awardee of the prestigious MacArthur Digital Media Competition and has been an advisor to the White House’s Council on Women and Girls. She now is a National Champion Board Member for the National Girls Collaborative Project. Jennifer has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Top 40 under 40, an Emerging Leader by the Junior League of Pittsburgh as well as the 2015 Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania’s Woman of Distinction in Media and Communications. In September 2015, Jennifer was awarded an Emmy™ for her role creating and producing the national TV series, iQ: smartparent, airing in 27 states nationally through PBS Affiliates.