Mary Baerg: Chief Operating Officer

Houston, TX – Mary Baerg has been named Chief Operating Officer at Space Center Houston. She has more than 25 years of combined experience in the museum, communications field, and the space industry.

Previously, Baerg was the Chief Experience Officer for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. During her tenure, she designed innovative guest engagement experiences, directed vision for new programs, guided community engagement and grew education programs.

Her extensive museum experience also includes the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where she served in multiple positions and played a pivotal role in overseeing the guest experience at The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

Her leadership experience in the space industry includes serving as Duty Lead for the Mars Public Engagement team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this role, she directed operations for nationwide education and outreach efforts for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program and served as a strategist for museum collaborations, a nationwide loan program, teacher professional development and informal education projects.

The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a science and space exploration learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1.25 million visitors annually and generates a $118.7 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center.