Unity College names Martha Nordstrom to development post

Dec 07, 2012

Unity — Ellsworth resident Martha Nordstrom has been named director of development for Unity College. Nordstrom had previously served in that position prior to pursuing other opportunities in the Ellsworth area. She is credited with developing the foundation of a sophisticated giving structure to serve the needs of the college.

The capacity of development at the college improved steadily in service to several high-profile initiatives, most recently including a transformation of the curriculum to focus on sustainability science. In November, Unity became the first college in the United States to divest its entire $13 million endowment from investments in the fossil fuel industry.

Nordstrom will be part of a recently transformed administrative structure that unites the departments of development, enrollment and the newly created marketing department under another newly created department — External Affairs. She will lead the fund-raising and giving programs, as well as alumni relations.

Most recently Nordstrom served as the director of philanthropy and public affairs for Mount Desert Island Hospital (MDI). In four-years at MDI Hospital she raised more than $10 million in restricted and unrestricted cash and pledges.

Nordstrom earned a bachelor of arts degree from The New School for Social Research in New York, New York. She pursued additional undergraduate study at College Year in Athens, Greece, and St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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