Kippen de Alba Chu


Born and raised in Hawaii and now based in Fort Worth, Texas, Kippen de Alba Chu is  CEO of the Institute for Learning Innovation, succeeding ILI’s original Founder, Dr. John H. Falk.  Kippen’s professional journey began in state government, including a dozen years in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. In 2006, he was recruited by Iolani Palace, a National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu, and became its Executive Director. It was here at this iconic and controversial museum that he realized the power of interactive education within a historical setting. Following this, Kippen and his family made the large move to Texas where he accepted the role of Chief of Staff with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, an institution that had pioneered the “museum school model” in 1949. In 2021, as the museum re-emerged from pandemic-related closures, he was appointed Interim President where he served until April 2022. He then joined ILI in July 2022.

In addition to his role at ILI, Kippen also currently serves on the board of the American Alliance of Museums. Over the years, through his various affiliations, he has both created and participated in numerous conference sessions on a wide range of subjects from dealing with controversial history, navigating difficult times, confronting our own biases, coaching and mentoring, and more.

Kippen’s favorite free-choice learning activities include learning new languages, exploring history and historical perspectives, music, and anything to do with water.