President and Senior Staff

Jeff Idelson

Interim President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Jeff Idelson, who has spent 34 years in baseball, is serving as Interim President of the Hall of Fame and living in Cooperstown through Aug. 15, 2021. Idelson served as the Hall of Fame’s President from 2008-2019 and rejoined the organization in an interim role on May 15, 2021. Idelson oversees the daily operation of the non-profit, educational institution, whose mission is to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations. The organization first opened in 1939 and today employs nearly 100 full-time staff members, welcoming an average of 300,000 visitors annually and more than 16 million visitors since opening. The Museum’s collections contain more than 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts and 200,000 baseball cards. The Library catalogs and preserves nearly three million documents including 250,000 historic images and 14,000 hours of original audio and video recordings.

Idelson originally joined the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Sept. 26, 1994, as director of public relations and promotions. In June 1999, he was promoted to vice president, communications and education, overseeing Hall of Fame elections and awards, internal and external communications, community relations, media relations, publications, public programs, promotions, advertising, artifact acquisition, visitor services, photography and the Museum’s website. He also oversaw the Museum’s college internship program, education department which includes on-site school programs and point-to-point video conferences across the country, taught by area educators.

Before joining the Baseball Hall of Fame, Idelson was assistant vice president and senior press officer for World Cup USA 1994, the organizing committee charged with staging the 1994 soccer World Cup in America. He served as director of media relations and publicity for the New York Yankees from 1989-1993, after being hired as the club’s assistant director of media relations. With the Yankees, Idelson traveled on every road trip, overseeing all aspects of media relations. He interfaced among the players, front office and ownership with the media, acting as team spokesman.

A West Newton, Mass., native and a 1986 graduate of Connecticut College in New London, Conn., (B.A. in International Economics), Idelson began his professional career as an intern in the public relations department of the Boston Red Sox in 1986, continuing work in the team’s public relations department in 1987-88. He also produced radio broadcasts for all Red Sox home games for the Red Sox Radio Network (110 stations) in 1987 and 1988, serving as the Flagship station’s liaison to the Red Sox primary charity, the Jimmy Fund.

Idelson who makes his home in San Francisco, co-founded Grassroots Baseball in 2019 with acclaimed photographer Jean Fruth. The mission of the non-profit organization is to promote and celebrate the amateur game around the globe, with a focus on growing interest and participation at the youngest levels. The overarching goal of Grassroots Baseball is to give back by providing inspiration, instruction and equipment to help ensure more children have the opportunity to learn, play and enjoy the game. Additionally, Idelson serves on the Board of the Haight Street Art Center and is part of a team that is in the early stages of developing a museum experience in San Francisco, that primarily through poster art and music, will tell the stories of the social movements that took place in the San Francisco Bay Area starting in the 1960s and shows their connection to the world today.

Senior Staff

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Jeff Idelson, Interim President
Jeff Jones, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
Sean J. Gahagan, Vice President, Retail Merchandising and Licensing
Kenneth Meifert, Vice President, Sponsorship and Development
Jon Shestakofsky, Vice President, Communications and Education
Erik Strohl, Vice President, Exhibitions and Collections

Department Directors

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Kelli Bogan, Director of Digital Assets/Photo Archivist
Bruce Brodersen, Director of Multimedia
Evan Chase, Director of Security and Facilities
Stephanie Hazzard, Director of Education
Sue MacKay, Director of Collections
Scot Mondore, Director of Licensing and Sales/Marketing Coordinator
Craig Muder, Director of Communications
Mary Quinn, Director of Exhibits and Design
Mike Sayers, Director of Membership
Jason Schiellack, Director of Development and Sponsorship
Whitney Selover, Director of Special Events and Travel
Ryan Selzner, Director of Human Resources
Tom Shieber, Senior Curator
Anne Smullens, Director of Finance

Phone: (607) 547-7200