Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Announces Vice President of Development
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center has selected Beth MacNeill as Vice President of Development, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on January 3, 2017.
Ms. MacNeill has two decades of experience in nonprofit development fundraising, with a focus on social justice and urban youth development. She has held leadership positions in development at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Brandeis University, Tufts Medical Center, and Best Buddies of Massachusetts. Ms. MacNeill has grown development programs from the ground up, including work in major gifts, special events, annual fund, and corporate and foundation relations. She has also personally raised funds for several organizations, including the Leukemia Societies Team-in-Training Marathon Program, Bridge Over Troubled Waters Marathon Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and Norwell Parent Teacher Association. Ms. MacNeill received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami with a concentration in entrepreneurship. An active member of her community and mother of three, she enjoys running, playing soccer, and skiing with her family.
In making the announcement, CEO Arthur Pearson said, “We know Beth will be right at home with Thompson Island’s community of active outdoor learners.”
“What impressed me most about this unique place is the way Thompson Island continuously uses evaluation to guide the work and deepen the education impact,” said Ms. MacNeill. “I believe that all children can reach their greatest personal achievement when supported by thoughtful, effective education programs – in and outside the classroom – with standards based on research and independent evaluation.”
“It was an honor to work with Thompson Island and its search committee to place Beth MacNeil in this critical role within the organization,” said ACG Vice President Pamela A. Pantos. “Beth’s extensive development experience and dedication to nonprofit work will prove to be essential as she leads the organization’s next phase of philanthropic growth.”