Colleen McLaughlin

Manager of Public Programs

Areas of Expertise:

·      Over 26 years of Experience in Coordinating Public Programs

·      Community Relations

·      Event Planning

·      Administration




Colleen McLaughlin is manager of public programs and has over 26 years of professional experience in developing and implementing public programs for all ages. McLaughlin leads the team that provides the diverse menu of programs the Museum offers to the public, including Gallery Programs, Scientist in the Spotlight, the Natural History Museum of Utah Lecture Series, Science Movie Night, Birthday Parties, Overnights, Spring and Summer Camps and special exhibit programs. The Museum’s robust volunteer program, that includes over 400 volunteers, and Guest Services operation are also within the purview of the Public Programs Department, overseen by McLaughlin.


Before starting at the Museum in October 2013, McLaughlin worked for the Salt Lake City Public Library System for 26 years where she served in several positions, including the assistant director for operations, the community affairs manager and the project and service development manager. Colleen coordinated all public programs for the library system in the areas of art, literature and information and successfully designed and oversaw the marketing and promotion of all public events, services, and resources for six library locations. She served as the liaison between the Friends of the Library, Library Board of Trustees, library staff and independent businesses and non-profit organizations located inside Salt Lake City’s Main Library.


McLaughlin coordinated traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian and other museums and libraries around the country in the Salt Lake City Public Library System, and developed complimentary programs and events.


McLaughlin received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1978 and an additional B.S. in Elementary Education in 1981, both from Westminster College. She graduated with Summa cum Laude honors.