Alexander Zwissler

Principal, Einstellung Labs


Prior to the formation of Einstellung Labs, Zwissler was Executive Director/ CEO of Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland California from 2007 to June 2015, where he led the Center’s fundraising efforts, raising over $25,000,000 through the cultivation and stewardship of new individual, corporate and foundation support.  Zwissler developed new programs including Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, a NASA funded Climate Change Teachers Institute, and the NSF funded Tales of the Maya Skies full-dome planetarium show. As a result, he positioned the Center to address the community's needs and interests while leading it to a position of financial sustainability and national prominence.

Before leading Chabot, Zwissler was the Executive Director of the Fort Mason Foundation in San Francisco from 1999 to 2006.  Prior to Fort Mason, Zwissler had a 17-year career as a senior executive in the cable television and telecommunications industry in the US and the UK.

Zwissler serves in the leadership of both local and national non-profits including recently the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. He is co-Chair of the Gateways Eastbay STEM Network, on the Advisory Board of the Climate Readiness Institute at UC Berkeley, on the Board of Cool the Earth and is a Commissioner on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Zwissler graduated with a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and went on to become a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester, England. In 2008 Zwissler was a fellow of the Noyce Leadership Institute.

In his free time Zwissler can be found mountain biking in Marin and planning to become a poet.

Katie Levedahl

Associate, Einstellung Labs

Katie brings over fifteen years of experience in building and leading teams to design innovative solutions to complex problems in the nonprofit space.

Her current work includes driving the strategic design, implementation, and expansion of museum educational programs. She leads the California Academy of Sciences’ informal learning team, which includes the Science Action Club network that has scaled nationwide under her leadership.

With a diverse background in non-profits, educational start-ups, and design thinking, Katie provides a unique, creative approach to Einstellung engagements. Lately, she has been thinking a lot about the real purpose of a useless machine and how it can help us solve the problems of today.

Nigel Stevens

Marketing & Digital Communications

Nigel brings a wide array of online marketing expertise to Einstellung Labs, including SEO, Digital PR, and branding. He has worked both in-house and on a consulting basis for SaaS startups, local businesses, and nonprofits to improve online visibility and grow brand awareness.

Nigel works to define Einstellung’s online positioning, in addition to advising our clients on opportunities to grow their web presence and more effectively reach their target audience. When he’s not refining web copy or crafting content pitches, Nigel is trying in earnest to perfect his chicken curry recipe.