Carter Arnot Polakoff


“I can’t believe THIS is where I get to come to work everyday,” said Carter Arnot Polakoff, the new CEO and President of Port Discovery Children’s Museum, looking around in wonder at the museum’s lobby. Although she hates having her picture taken, she can’t hide the pure joy in her smile. The delight is contagious — and is the embodiment of what Port Discovery is for so many families. It’s obvious that Carter is in her happy place. You might say that she’s back in her happy place. Carter started her career as an intern and founding staff member at Port Discovery. She spent more than 20 years at the Baltimore School of the Arts, immersed in nonprofit arts management which allowed her to create deep relationships with civic organizations and nonprofits. That experience has carried Carter home to port, ready to lead the museum’s next adventure: navigating post-pandemic waters…

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