Chief Development Officer
Maggie Roudsari is an enthusiastic nonprofit leader driven by her genuine interest in connecting people to opportunities that empower them to change their communities.
As a fundraiser, Maggie believes that anyone can participate in meaningful philanthropy. She has a broad range of strategic fundraising experience that includes grant writing, corporate partnership development, major gifts, and public sector fundraising. Maggie led a team to complete a $25M comprehensive campaign at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC that built a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility for endangered sea turtles, developed a lifelong learning program focused on accessible STEM education for toddlers to senior citizens, established a Conservation department, supported a variety of deferred maintenance and capital projects, and launched a planned giving program.
Maggie 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, Maggie was the Assistant Director of Advancement of the South Carolina Aquarium and previously served as Executive Director of the Colleton County Arts Council, Executive Director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.
A native of Charleston, SC, Maggie is deeply connected to our water resources and developed an interest in sustainable seafood through her fascination with oyster shell recycling to support habitat growth in local waterways. In her free time, Maggie can be found exploring local trails and waterways or wandering the galleries of any museum.