Director of Development Announced

Leah Gailey joins The Nature Conservancy in Maine

BRUNSWICK, MAINE | December 05, 2017

Leah Gailey has been named director of development for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, a conservation organization with a 60-year history in the state. In this position, Ms. Gailey will be responsible for creating and implementing strategic plans for major campaigns and annual giving activities to support the chapter’s land, fresh water, ocean and climate conservation operations.

“We’re thrilled to have Leah join our team,” said The Nature Conservancy’s Maine State Director Kate Dempsey. “The impressive leadership, management, fundraising, and relationship-building skills she brings will be invaluable as we take on the challenges ahead. The Conservancy in Maine is so grateful for our strong base of supporters, but there is much more work to be done, and Leah will help us build the resources we need to have the biggest impact for people and nature.”

For the past 16 years, Ms. Gailey was a leader within Bates College’s Advancement team. Most recently she was an Assistant Vice President for College Advancement where she was responsible for increasing volunteer engagement and using advancement communications to grow the annual fund significantly.

“I am so excited to focus my experience and commitment to philanthropy on conservation and the environment,” said Ms. Gailey. “I look forward to working with all The Nature Conservancy’s supporters to ensure their generosity has real impact for nature.”

Ms. Gailey is a graduate of Bates College and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Maine. She currently lives with her family in Freeport, volunteers as a youth running and soccer coach, and serves on the board of Freeport Community Services, acting as chair of the Development and Communications Committee.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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