IMAG History & Science Center recently hired Kelly Palmer as director of marketing and development to help continue the momentum it has built, recently merging the Imaginarium Science Center and the Southwest Florida Museum of History. Palmer joins IMAG with a skill set that will serve the center well as it embarks on the next phase of its master plan, entailing a $15-million expansion project. With 20 years of experience as a philanthropic development professional, she has led campaigns that resulted in transformational advancements.
Most recently Palmer was director of development at Boise State Public Radio (BSPR) in Boise, Idaho where she was instrumental in raising $10 million. She successfully planned and implemented a capital campaign to create a state-of-the art broadcast and production center, and obtained the station’s largest private grant to upgrade its extensive broadcast distribution network.
Prior to BSPR Palmer raised major gifts for two institutions of higher education, participating in one of the first billion-dollar campaigns ever launched by an American university. Strategically contributing to that campaign, she initiated the build-out of a 15-person major gift department, which she helped develop. The department doubled its initial goal, raising $40 million in four years.
Palmer recently joined the Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Florida Public Relations Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
IMAG History and Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun interactive exhibits, an aquarium, history displays and a 3D theatre. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways, and rich history. A visit to IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. For more information, visit theIMAG.org.