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May 18, 2022
NE Aquarium, Mass. Bay United Way Name Fundraising Leaders

March 25, 2022 — Two major, Boston-based, nonprofit organizations—the New England Aquarium and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley—announced the appointment of fundraising chiefs.

New England Aquarium Names Vice President of Development

Elizabeth Scott

The New England Aquarium, one of the city's largest nonprofit tourist attractions, yesterday announced the appointment of Elizabeth Scott as vice president of development, responsible for securing resources to advance the organization’s research, conservation, and educational work.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Liz joining us at such a pivotal time for the New England Aquarium. Her leadership of our development team will be critical to expanding our impact as a conservation organization, raising much needed funds for our scientific research, world-class animal care, and public education as we work to protect the blue planet,” said Vikki N. Spruill, the Aquarium’s president and CEO.

Scott has more than 25 years’ experience in fundraising and the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Aquarium, she led the development efforts of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, raising funds for global, national, and local conservation priorities.

Scott began her career as an AmeriCorps volunteer fundraising for a microenterprise organization. Since that time, she has worked with individuals, families, businesses, and foundations to bring tens of millions of dollars to environmental outcomes.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Management Studies from Dickinson College and studied nonprofit management at University of Nevada and Leadership at Judge Business School at University of Cambridge, UK.

“I’m excited to link arms with the board, donors, and the entire NE Aquarium community to advance the mission and make a lasting impact on our blue planet,” Scott said. “There is much to do to set our world on a more sustainable path. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves to enable more science, education, and policy for our and future generations.”

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2019, the New England Aquarium reported $48.9 million in revenue, of which $13.8 million came from contributions and grants, and $45.6 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

United Way Appoints Giselle Ferro Puigbo as Chief Development Officer

Giselle Ferro Puigbo

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, which works with 180 community organizations to advance financial opportunities and educational success, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Giselle Ferro Puigbo as chief development officer.

Puigbo, managing a team of 40 professionals charged with annually raising more than $50 million, will direct efforts to expand and diversify fundraising by integrating corporate and workplace giving with a focus on individual major gift initiatives, foundation relations, corporate impact partnerships, special events and planned giving.

“Giselle joins us as we begin to reposition United Way’s community impact work to best address the profound and historic inequities that we as a community have a unique and urgent opportunity to address,” said Bob Giannino, president and CEO of the United Way. “Giselle is a proven leader in the nonprofit sector with a discerning focus on equity and inclusion, values that align closely with those of our incredible development team.”

Puigbo most recently served as executive director of the Brookline Community Foundation for the last 18 months. Earlier, she served as vice president of development for Health Leads, where she oversaw local and national development strategy for the Boston-based national nonprofit. Puigbo also has held development roles at Teach for America and Blue Engine.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and French from Georgetown University and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

For the year ending March 31, 2021, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley reported $54.2 million in revenue, of which $52.4 million came from contributions and grants, and $54.2 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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