PORTLAND, Maine — April 13, 2020 — After conducting a national search, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is announcing the hire of a new Chief Development Officer. Maggie Roudsari joins the Portland-based marine nonprofit this month to lead its fundraising team. Roudsari replaces long-time Chief Development Officer Blaine Grimes, who will remain with the organization in a new role.
Roudsari is an enthusiastic nonprofit leader driven by her genuine interest in connecting people to opportunities that empower them to change their communities. She comes to GMRI from the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, South Carolina, where she led a team that recently completed a $25M comprehensive campaign.
“I’ve spent my life on the coast, exploring everything our marine ecosystems and coastal economy have to offer,” said Roudsari. “I’m thrilled to join the GMRI team and to have the opportunity to work alongside others who so deeply share that passion.”
Roudsari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management and a Certificate in Nonprofits and Fundraising from the College of Charleston. Prior to joining GMRI, she was the Assistant Director of Advancement at the South Carolina Aquarium, and previously served as Executive Director of the Colleton County Arts Council, and Executive Director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.
About the Gulf of Maine Research Institute:
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Located in Portland, ME, the institute is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. For more information, visit