The Princeton Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Marcia Shackelford will join the organization as its new Chief Philanthropy Officer.

An experienced fundraiser with over 25 years of service in a variety of organizations, Marcia was most recently the Vice President for Development at Climate Central, an independent climate science and communications organization based in Princeton. There her fundraising efforts focused on major gifts and foundation giving, as well as developing an infrastructure for expanded outreach.

“We are very excited to have Marcia join our team. The Community Foundation is the center of philanthropy in Central New Jersey, and Marcia’s extensive development and fundraising experience align wonderfully with our mission of promoting philanthropy to advance the well-being of our communities forever,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. “Because of her prior consulting work, she is also knowledgeable about nonprofits in our area, and she previously volunteered with our organization through our Fund for Women and Girls.”

Before joining Climate Central, Marcia was a Princeton-based consultant who worked with local nonprofits. Her previous work includes fundraising experience at the University of California, the United Way and The Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles.

As Executive Director of Development for UCLA Health System, she served on a senior Health Sciences team that planned a $2 billion campaign, managed a staff that focused on major gifts, principal gifts and planned giving and oversaw the management of three hospital advisory boards.

At the United Way of Santa Fe County, she managed fundraising, marketing, operations and brand strategy programs. She also created a volunteer-driven planned giving program that won a national United Way award, and she lectured at national conferences.

Marcia was born in New Jersey and raised in Princeton. After a career in philanthropy outside of New Jersey, she and her family returned to this region in 2015. She joined the Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls Leadership Team and volunteered with the Fund’s grants and membership committees.

She holds a degree in American Studies from Dickinson College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

She will begin her new role on May 10 to coincide with the Fund for Women and Girl’s annual luncheon at Mercer Oaks Golf Course.