Dr. Walker joins the Board at a defining moment as Moonshot Museum prepares to open to the public this Fall.
Pictured above: Dr. Diamonte Walker
July 15, 2022
Pittsburgh, PA – Moonshot Museum, slated to open in Pittsburgh’s Northside this Fall, welcomed Dr. Diamonte Walker to its nonprofit board of directors via a unanimous vote on July 14, 2022.
“To say we’re thrilled to welcome Diamonte to the board of directors would be an understatement,” said John Thornton, Moonshot Museum board chair. “Dr. Walker knows and deeply cares about out Pittsburgh community, she’s a tried and proven leader, and the wide array of experience she brings to our board in community engagement and nonprofit development will be invaluable as we work to open a one-of-a-kind space museum in Pittsburgh’s Northside.”
“Moonshot Museum is a new, young organization with a big mission: inspire our community to find their place in the future of space exploration,” said Sam Moore, Moonshot Museum executive director. “I can think of no one better suited to help us grow this organization and achieve our community-fueled mission than Diamonte Walker. Her enthusiasm, expertise, and passion for Pittsburgh are unmatched.”
“America is returning to the Moon from Pittsburgh’s Northside, and the opportunity to play a role in an organization committed to increasing access to space careers and innovative STEAM education is exciting for me,” said Diamonte Walker. “Now is the moment to make these real-life connections for young people across our community, and I’m convinced Moonshot Museum’s unique model of community connection, corporate partnership, and nonprofit education is the way to make it happen.”
Dr. Diamonte Walker is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Scholar House, dedicated to using two-generation strategies to disrupt the cycle of poverty by enabling post-secondary educational attainment and comprehensive support services to improve quality of life for single parents and their children. She most recently served as Deputy Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, where she provided strategy, operations management, and leadership resulting in transforming initiatives such as the Avenues of Hope and the Housing Opportunity Fund.
Dr. Walker has been recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a Women of Influence honoree and one of 20 Persons to Know in Commercial Real Estate. She is an alumna of (TALI) The Advanced Leadership Institute and received Catapult Pittsburgh’s 2021 Black Excellence in Community Development Award. Walker holds a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Administration from Point Park University, and an MBA and Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. In addition to her new role with Moonshot Museum, she sits on the board of Gwen’s Girls, YMCA of Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Allies, and InnovatePGH.
Sam Moore, Executive Director
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About Moonshot Museum
Moonshot Museum will open as Pennsylvania’s first space museum and the first museum in the world to focus on career and community readiness for the 21st century space industry. Via a unique partnership with Pittsburgh space robotics company Astrobotic, Moonshot Museum will pull back the curtain on the contemporary space industry, offering the unparalleled opportunity to see real spacecraft be built and access space industry professionals – a first for both the museum and aerospace technology sectors. With a mission to inspire a diverse community to find their place in the future of space exploration, Moonshot Museum will combine immersive exhibitions with innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming to create a unique and engaging museum experience that inspires and equips young people with the tools they need to pursue careers in the space industry. Moonshot Museum is nearing the close of a $2.7 million campaign to fund Museum development and operations and is scheduled to open in Fall 2022.