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Michigan Science Center Hires Katora Cole as Chief Development Officer

Detroit, Mich., Feb. 20, 2023 – The Michigan Science Center is proud to announce the appointment of Katora Cole as its new Chief Development Officer. Katora brings over 25 years of extensive experience in community development, philanthropy, and nonprofit management to the organization.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katora to the Michigan Science Center,” said Dr. Christian Greer, President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “Her experience in donor cultivation, capital campaign fundraising, and leading development teams will be crucial in helping us advance our mission and improve our exhibits, programs, and community connections.”

Katora has a proven track record of success in raising funds and facilitating organizational growth. Throughout her career, she has raised over $20 million as a lead fundraiser and exceeded annual goals 13 years in a row.

“I am honored to join the Michigan Science Center and excited to contribute to its mission of putting you at the center of science,” said Katora Cole. “I look forward to working with the team to ensure the continued success and growth of the organization.”

Previously, Katora served as Chief Development Officer for Orchards Children’s Services located throughout southeastern Michigan, Director of Development, Wayne State University College of Engineering and Senior Major Gifts Officer for Wayne State University Law School and held various non-profit management roles within Catholic Social Services of Wayne County and Catholic Charities of Chicago.

The Michigan Science Center is a leader in providing hands-on science education for all ages and backgrounds. Katora’s expertise and leadership will play a key role in ensuring the continued success and growth of the organization.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is a Smithsonian affiliate that inspires nearly 250,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across Michigan. As a STEM hub, Mi-Sci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. Through their Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO Live!, Mi-Sci is expanding beyond its Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live science demonstrations, lab activities and 220+ interactive exhibits, there are dozens of ways to customize your Mi-Sci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive funding from Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,

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