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Dr. David E. Chesebrough
Is Ready to Help You
Great, Sustainable Impact

Chesebrough Solutions LLC helps CEOs and Boards of museums and not-for-profits achieve great impact through financially sustainable approaches.

Dr. Chesebrough brings 30+ years of leadership across a range of  science centers, museums, and other non-profits, small to large. He last served as President & CEO of COSI, one of the country's largest and most prominent science centers, leading its revitalization for 11 years.

Dr. Chesebrough blends entrepreneurial knowledge with proven, award winning leadership experiences

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What Challenges and Opportunities are You Facing?

Struggling to shift the culture and strategies of your organization to be more entrepreneurial while keeping the passion for the mission?

That is at the heart of the approach to Great, Sustainable Impact that I have researched, developed, written about and presented to hundreds of museum leaders. I blend my 30+ years leading non-profits with an early entrepreneurial career assisting companies like Apple Computers.

Trying to revitalize an organization? 

You can do it and I can help you! I led turnarounds at three museums small to large, most recently COSI, the Center of Science & Industry in Ohio.

Working to get an organization or building started or rebuilt?

Been there and done that and can help you achieve success!

I was part of the leadership team that designed and built the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, I have led campaigns and building projects at 3 museums/science centers and helped launch 2 non-profits over my career.



My passion now is to support leaders of not-for-profit institutions in achieving Great, Sustainable Impact with their organizations. Leaders can benefit from someone to turn to confidentially and with confidence. I am a value-add for you blending my decades of CEO and Board experience with yours. I can provide coaching and insights as you lead your organization to sustainable impact working from a position of strength!


With years of executive experience and working with non-profit leaders, I am ready to help you take your non-profit to the next level. I combine the insights I have gained over many projects and consultations to assist you as you transform your culture, partnerships and strategies. I have a broad array of leadership experiences you can draw upon--expanding your capacity

Strategic Planning

Looking to advance your museum or non-profit but not sure where to turn?


Need help resourcing your ability to make an impact?


I have proven approaches for you to draw upon and integrate into your process and plans. I can help you decide on the best approaches for success.

Shorter Engagements

Shorter Engagements


My workshops can advance your group quickly in areas such as refocusing the organization, seeking great sustainable impact and bringing entrepreneurship skills to your team.


Participants will come away with research based knowledge, common vocabulary, confidence and an enhanced focus  on what will advance their work.

Speeches & Keynotes

For four decades I have been delivering keynotes, speeches and talks to help motivate and inform leaders and organizations.

I have been selected by all sizes of entities from national conferences to individual organizations and management teams and Boards. I draw upon my many areas of expertise to provide insightfulengaging and motivating experiences.

Select Accomplishments

Select Accomplishments & Experiences

  • President & CEO of COSI (Center of Science & Industry, Columbus)

  • President & CEO of Buffalo Museum of Science & Tifft Nature Preserve

  • Executive Director of Roberson Museum & Science Center and Kopernik Space Education Center & Observatory in Binghamton, NY

  • On leadership team that designed, built and opened the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh

  • Selected for ASTC's 2015 international Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field

  • Awarded CEO of the Year for Large Non-Profits by Columbus CEO

  • Board member and leader on a variety of non-profit boards, notably 6 years on international Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) including serving as Treasurer

  • Doctoral research and writings on Museum-Community Partnerships sponsored by AAM as nationally important.

  • Speaker, author, workshop leader on strategic partnerships, revitalizing museums and science centers, and achieving Great, Sustainable Impact for non-profits

  • Entrepreneur, consultant, speaker and curriculum developer with companies like Apple Computer


Contact Me

Contact me by just clicking on my e-mail address below 


Send me any question you might have about ways in which I can be of assistance to you as  leader of your organization.


Please provide a little background of your challenges and/or aspirations to help me with context.

Provide your contact information including your phone number(s).

I will get back to you as promptly as I can.

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