Introducing Logan Walsh, GMGI’s Development Director
Please join us in welcoming Logan Walsh, GMGI’s new Development Director. Logan brings a wealth of fundraising experience and is poised to grow our development program in support of GMGI’s ambitious aspirations.
A background in higher education and environmental not-for-profits, combined with a personal connection to Cape Ann, presented GMGI as a very attractive opportunity for Logan. He grew up near Gloucester, enjoying Cape Ann’s beauty, exploring the beaches and hiking trails, and experiencing its cultural and maritime activities. “Cape Ann has always been a special place for me,” Logan said. “Those experiences and memories fostered a sense of ownership and pride in Cape Ann’s future: If I love this place how can I ensure future generations love it too?”
When he heard about the opportunity at GMGI, Logan was intrigued with the organization and its fundraising potential. “With firm roots in Gloucester’s maritime traditions, GMGI provides opportunity for youth at the Academy; opportunity for genomics discoveries impacting human health; opportunity for fisheries management and ocean conservation; and opportunity for all of Cape Ann. That’s a mission I wanted to be part of!”
Prior to relocating to the North Shore for the position, Logan served as the Director of Development for the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago, and Director of Major and Principal Giving at the University of Waterloo. His experience in higher education taught him the important skills of diplomacy and strategic thinking. Logan views fundraising as a creative process and finds inspiration in telling stories of impact. Sharing GMGI’s impact is something he feels fortunate to be able to do, and views GMGI’s marine genomics research as globally unique. He also recognizes the deep sense of community that has been part of Gloucester’s storied past and wants to ensure that it continues to be honored. “The Gloucester and Cape Ann community is critical to GMGI’s success so one of my goals is to continue the tradition of strong ties to the community,” he said.
“Fundraising is about communicating the joy of giving. It’s about providing opportunities for people to join in partnership with causes bigger than themselves,” Logan said. “And I can’t wait to translate GMGI’s groundbreaking work to donors and inspire them to join GMGI on our path of discovery.”