Director of Development

Jennifer Mathews

It is with great excitement that the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership welcomes Jennifer Mathews as our new Director of Development. 

Jennifer lands at Hurricane Island having most recently managed major giving at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Jennifer’s contributions to science-based organizations began at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. There she led publicity and advancement efforts for ocean-science journalism workshops and the Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental reporting.

Jennifer developed a deep understanding of transformative experiential education while leading recruitment, advancement, and business operations for Coastal Studies for Girls, a semester school located at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine. As Interim Head of School, Jennifer worked closely with businesses, educators, science organizations, and philanthropists across Maine and New England promoting interdisciplinary ecology and leadership-based education models.

Early in her career, Jennifer launched a successful destination and web-based textile business, On Board Fabrics, which she ran for many years in Edgecomb, Maine. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer monitor for state environmental agencies, as a town planning committee member, and as a board member of CLC YMCA. Recently she served as a trustee of The Juniper Hill School for Place-based Education in Alna, Maine where she maintains an advisory role.

Jennifer will play a critical role in moving an already vibrant organization into our next phase of growth. Through expanded capacity we will serve more students from Penobscot Bay and Maine with engaging programs integrating science education, research, and leadership.