Chenelle Bonavito Martinez is the Vice President for Event Operations, Customer Engagement, & Special Projects at the New York Academy of Sciences. In this role, Chenelle is responsible for the overall strategic development and daily operational execution of the Academy’s Event Operations, Membership Services, and Customer Services functions. In addition, Chenelle works across departments to support internal special projects and initiatives across all missions.
Previously Chenelle was the Vice President of STEM Talent Programs and in this role she oversaw both the virtual and in-person programming of the Academy's Global STEM Alliance (GSA), an initiative to strengthen and support the STEM pipeline through mentorship and skill building programs. Previous to that, she was overseeing the Academy's Innovation Challenge program as well as the Academy's science policy portfolio; partnering with industry, academia, and government to build innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in New York State and globally. Chenelle previously worked at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy where she coordinated high-level Track II dialogues and foreign policy briefings focused on Ethiopia and Central Asia.
Chenelle holds a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and a Master's degree in Global Affairs from New York University.