Donor Spotlight: Fara Courtney

Fara Courtney’s career brought her to Cape Ann in the mid-eighties when she was working for the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office. The historic, charismatic waterfront won her over, and she quickly moved her family to Gloucester, where they have become part of the tight-knit community.

After learning about GMGI, Fara was taken by our mission of establishing a thriving science community on Cape Ann and creating an on-ramp to 21st century career opportunities for young people. “This was a big vision with a solid foundation that I believed could really succeed and have a tangible impact,” Fara said.

She’s since had the opportunity to become an integral part of the vision. As a member of GMGI’s Financial Aid Committee, Fara hears firsthand the stories of young people inspired to take a leap of faith to improve their careers and lives. “We see the transformation from applicant to graduate – their growth in confidence and ambition,” she said. “It’s profoundly satisfying to be a tiny part of that journey by serving on the Financial Aid Committee.” In addition to her volunteer responsibilities as a member of the Financial Aid Committee, Fara, along with her husband Jack Clarke, provide generous support to the Academy and the substantial need-based financial aid program.

She’s seen first-hand the amount of heart and compassion that goes into it all. “Instructors are laser-focused on student success,” she said, explaining why the decision to support the Academy is an easy one. “Instructors are developing and teaching the highest-standard of technical skills, but also offering guidance in life skills and career readiness.”

“GMGI — through the Academy — creates life-changing opportunity for people who need a hand-up the most,” she said. “The return on investment for the community is clear – the graduates are the proof.”