Meet the President Andrea Finnerty
Andrea Finnerty brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy and resource development to her role as President of WID. Through her decades of work in a range of roles at both small and large organizations, Andrea brings a holistic perspective and deep understanding of the development field to her new position with WIDGB.  

Most recently, Andrea served as Executive Director for the National Kidney Foundation for the New England Region, where she significantly increased funding from new donors and was instrumental in the expansion of the organization’s board of advisors as well as the implementation of important clinical and educational programs across New England. Prior to her tenure with NKF, she served in a range of roles in individual giving, events, communications, operations, and as Chief Development Officer for Helping Hands and State Director for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Before identifying her passion for philanthropy, she began her career in sales and marketing in IT consulting services. Originally from Germany, Andrea speaks fluent German, although she now lives locally in Dedham with her husband.

In an effort to connect to other fundraising professionals and take advantage of professional development opportunities, Andrea joined WID in 2008 when she moved to Boston. She served on the Member Services Committee for three years before joining the Board as an at large member in 2015.  

When WIDGB asked Andrea about her favorite fundraising experience, she described her work with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: she and her Medical Advisory Board created and then fully funded a camp for pediatric IBD patients, the first of its kind. At the time, there was no place for kids with IBD to just be kids, where, instead of being defined or limited by their disease, they could be surrounded by and share experiences with their peers. It was while working on this program that Andrea, for the first time, directly experienced the transformational impact that non-profit programs can have on the lives of the people they serve. It highlighted for her the vital role a good fundraiser has in creating the services and programs that change lives. Andrea invites WIDGB members to contact her at

Past Presidents of Women in Development of Greater Boston

“In the summer of 1980, nine women who worked in development positions in colleges and universities in the Boston area met to consider holding occasional informal meetings with their peers. It was a casual meeting, and discussion centered on identifying the issues facing the growing number of women in fundraising. There was no clear focus, but the need for support from other women in a field then dominated by men was evident.” Excerpt from “Women in Development of Greater Boston: The evolution of an organization” by Phyllis Fanger. Women as Fundraisers: Their experience in and Influence on an Emerging Profession. Indian University Center on Philanthropy. Number 19, Spring 1998. From these modest beginnings arose the amazing organization we now know as Women in Development of Greater Boston. In celebration of our 35th anniversary in 2015, we salute our leadership, including founding president, Phyllis Fanger.

Phyllis Fanger1982-1984Janet Miner2000-2002
Ann Caldwell1984-1986Kristine C. Laping2002-2004
Susan Galler1986-1988Betsy Kamborian2004-2006
Lola Baldwin1988-1990Ilisa Hurowitz2006-2008
Susan Paresky1990-1992Terri (Hootstein) Grogan2008-2010
Catherine Conover1992-1994Usha Pasi2010-2012
Carol Bonnar, CFRE1994-1996Megan Panek2012-2013
Mary Jane McGlennon1996-1998Heather Kispert Hagerty2013-2015
Catherine Baer1998-1999Meghan Seidman2015-2017
Anne Cowie1999-2000Andrea Finnerty2017-present