Executive Director and CEO
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
Cindy Lawrence, a native New Yorker and lifelong math enthusiast, began her professional career as a CPA, working in both public accounting and the private sector. Her career then segued into education as she became a lead instructor and national editor for an international professional review program, Becker Professional Education, writing and editing curriculum and reaching thousands of students worldwide. Ms. Lawrence also created and continues to direct an extracurricular mathematics program for gifted middle school and high school students, run through a joint venture with Brookhaven National Laboratory.
In 2008, Ms. Lawrence began volunteering with a group that was determined to open North America’s only museum of mathematics. She quickly became an active contributor to the project, joining the exhibit design team and eventually becoming the Museum’s Chief of Operations. In January 2015, after having been promoted first to Associate Director and then to Co-Executive Director, Ms. Lawrence was named Executive Director and CEO of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).
In her leadership role at MoMath, Ms. Lawrence strives to change public perceptions of mathematics and to improve and diversify mathematics education. She focuses on the creative design process for all exhibits and programs, both onsite and online, as well as overseeing all aspects of Museum operations, including public outreach and engagement.
Under the stewardship of Ms. Lawrence, MoMath, located in New York City, has attracted more than one million onsite visitors and currently engages audiences in all US states and territories and in 118 countries around the world. She is a much sought after speaker regarding informal math education and public math outreach; she serves as a consultant to countries and cities around the world aspiring to create math museums; and she has authored several articles about the role of math in building community and encouraging underrepresented groups to engage in mathematics.
The innovative and engaging exhibits and programs developed by Ms. Lawrence and her team have resulted in numerous awards for MoMath, including the Communications Award for Public Outreach from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics and the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Professional Network MUSE Award.
Ms. Lawrence enjoys sharing the wonder and beauty of mathematics with audiences of all ages and backgrounds and demonstrating that math can be interactive, exciting, and fun. She resides on Long Island, New York and is the proud parent of three adult children, all of whom work in STEM-related fields.