Robert J Stein

Culture | Design | Strategy

About Rob

Robert Stein is a museum leader, technology expert, and strategist with deep experience in the museum field heading up innovative projects and diverse teams. In April 2016, Rob joined the American Alliance of Museums as the Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer to lead the organization’s programming efforts in service to both national and global audiences. In that role, Stein is responsible for key strategic initiatives including the expansion of the Alliance’s role as a thought leader, content provider, and global catalyst for excellence in the field of museums. Rob is a sought-after author, speaker, and consultant, focusing on the impact museums can have in their community, how technology efforts can change the dynamic of museum innovation, and how metrics and measurement can drive continuous improvement for the practice of museums.

Professional Experience

Senior Vice President, Guest Experiences & Communications
Shedd Aquarium


Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer
American Alliance of Museums

Board of Directors

Senior Advisor
Southern Methodist University, National Center for Arts Research – NCAR

Deputy Director
Dallas Museum of Art
2012 – 2016

Deputy Director for Research, Technology, and Engagement
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Chief Information Officer
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Assistant Director
Indiana University, Pervasive Technology Labs

Senior Visualization Programmer
University of Illinois, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Web and Technology Specialist
Silicon Graphics Computer Systems
1995 – 1996