An interest in science and astronomy, bolstered by a love for science fiction, began at an early age for Richard Chute, our director of development. From watching Star Trek in its original run on TV, seeing Saturn through a telescope for the first time in 5th grade, joining the rocketry club in 6th grade, getting a first-edition copy of Star Wars for Christmas, to watching Cosmos as a young college student, he's always been fascinated by space and the cosmos.
An experienced development professional, Richard seeks to make a difference through creating effective fundraising programs for causes and organizations that support his passions. In addition to being director of development for The Planetary Society, Richard serves as president of the Claremont Educational Foundation, which raises funds to support public education in the Claremont Unified School District.
Day to day, Richard spends his time getting to know our members, overseeing the membership department, and drinking more coffee than is probably healthy for any human being. Drop by sometime and join him for a cup! And, if you can't stop by, be sure to connect with Richard on LinkedIn.
Today we launch a new expedition to engage our members in more ways than ever before. Since our inception, our members have supported The Planetary Society as we forge new paths in space science and exploration. You have always been at the center of our success and we want the structure of our membership program to reflect that by offering new benefits, premiums and payment options.
This month, at the same time that The Planetary Society is launching the long-anticipated LightSail prototype for a shakedown cruise, we are excited to launch another “first”—our first-ever Kickstarter campaign.