January 10, 2023 – Schenectady, New York – The Museum of Science and Innovation (miSci) announced today the appointment of Peter Gabak as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. In this role, Gabak will be responsible for coordinating the organization's fundraising activities including securing support for the Museum's new Traveling Exhibitions Program.
"We are delighted to have Peter on board," said miSci President Gina C. Gould. "He has the right skillset and personality to work with our community and stakeholders to advance our fundraising efforts."
Originally from Central New York, Gabak relocated to the Capital District in 2019. He brings more than 30 years of philanthropic relationship management to miSci that includes experience in leadership roles for multiple comprehensive fundraising campaigns.
Peter Gabak shared, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the miSci team. Museums are so very vital to the communities in which we live. They educate as well as entertain. miSci’s presence in Schenectady is the perfect place to better understand how innovation and STEAM inspire life-long learning.”
Gabak began his professional career working in Upstate New York regional museums including the Cayuga Museum of History and Art, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, and the Lyons Historical Society. Prior to his relocation for employment at historic Union College, he was Director of Development at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
In his spare time, Gabak is adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he teaches art history with a focus on Flemish Renaissance and Baroque art – a position he’s held since 2008. He also taught in the Museum Studies program at RIT where he created a new course, “Fundraising, Grant Writing and Marketing for Nonprofits.”
Gabak was also part of the inaugural planning team that launched IlluminoCity in 2021 – a seasonal lighting experience in downtown Schenectady.
Photo: Peter Gabak
Located in Schenectady, New York, miSci presents exhibitions, programs, and events designed to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology – past, present, and future. Home to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Museum's holdings include an archive of more than 1.6 million prints, negatives, and historic materials from the General Electric Photographic Collection, and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. Visit www.miSci.org to learn more.
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