Space Center Houston Appoints New Development Director

HOUSTON, April 22, 2015 – Space Center Houston appoints a new director of development in the midst of continued growth for the nonprofit.


Kim Parker

With more than 20 years of broad-based fundraising experience, Kim Parker is skilled at developing strong partnerships and has proven success at securing major gifts. Parker will lead donor engagement, strengthen the membership program and execute strategic fundraising initiatives to support the organization. She comes during the nonprofit’s ongoing fundraising campaign to open the one-of-a-kind exhibit, the shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle replica. The landmark exhibit Independence Plaza is slated to open in the fall of this year.

“Kim is a seasoned professional with a passion for creating strategic fundraising programs, said Richard E. Allen Jr. chief executive officer at Space Center Houston. “She brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise to the position and will play an integral role in helping us meet our fundraising objectives.”

In her career, Parker has cultivated numerous high-value gifts as vice president for development and alumni relations at South Texas College of Law. Parker expanded the alumni relations program, doubling young alumni annual fund donors and unrestricted giving. Prior to that, Parker served as vice president for development for South Texas College of Law. Other accomplishments include securing a $3 million naming gift, the largest individual gift in the college’s history at that time. This significant contribution completed the $8 million dollar capital campaign.

Her career includes extensive program development experience with two different sections at the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative in Washington, D.C. Parker secured more than $1 million in grant funding, oversaw program design and managed an international law conference.

Parker holds a masters of arts degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.  She received her bachelor of arts in English and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a diploma in French studies from Paul Valery Université in Montpellier, France.

Space Center Houston is a living museum where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock and tour NASA. For more information about Space Center Houston, visit

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with more than 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center.  The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to

SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc.

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