Alex Zwissler

Alex Zwissler

Involved Since: 2011
Crucible Staff Since: May 2017
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Member of our Advisory Council for the last six years, Alex Zwissler joined The Crucible staff in May 2017 as our Interim Executive Director. Alexander Zwissler will retain his prior role as the Principal of Einstellung Labs during his time at The Crucible. Einstellung Labs is a consultancy working at the intersection of the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Engagements include Google, NASA, Arizona Science Center and Bay Area Resilient by Design.

Prior to the formation of Einstellung Labs, Zwissler was Executive Director/ CEO of Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland California from 2007 to June 2015, where he led the Center’s fundraising efforts, raising over $25,000,000 through the cultivation and stewardship of new individual, corporate and foundation support. Zwissler developed new programs including Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, a NASA funded Climate Change Teachers Institute, and the NSF funded Tales of the Maya Skies full‐dome planetarium show. As a result, he positioned the Center to address the community's needs and interests while leading it to a position of financial sustainability and national prominence.

Before leading Chabot, Zwissler was the Executive Director of the Fort Mason Foundation in San Francisco from 1999 to 2006. Prior to Fort Mason, Zwissler had a 17‐year career as a senior executive in the cable television and telecommunications industry in the US and the UK.

Zwissler serves in the leadership of both local and national non‐profits, including recently the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. He is co‐Chair of the Gateways Eastbay STEM Network, on the Advisory Board of the Climate Readiness Institute at UC Berkeley, on the Board of Cool the Earth and is a Commissioner on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Zwissler graduated with a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and went on to become a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester, England. In 2008 Zwissler was a fellow of the Noyce Leadership Institute.

In his free time Zwissler can be found mountain biking in Marin and planning to become a poet.