Meet the President – Nicole Dumas

As the Director of Advancement Talent at Boston College, Nicole is responsible for the office’s talent recruitment, onboarding, and professional and career development of its 250 staff members and leads the department’s efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.  Prior to joining Boston College in 2021, Nicole spent five and a half years at the Boston Latin School Association as the Director of Alumni Engagement and Philanthropy where she helped raise over $54M for the school’s Prima Perpetua Campaign.  Nicole was an 18 year veteran of Fidelity Investments, having served in various administrative, sales, and training roles and earning several President’s Circle and Staff Excellence Awards.  Nicole holds certifications from Harvard Extension School and the National School Foundation Association and is pursuing her B.A. from Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College.  Nicole lives in Boston with her husband and son and enjoys audiobooks, podcasts and weightlifting!

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.

President Term President Term
Phyllis Fanger 1982-1984 Kristine C. Laping 2002-2004
Ann Caldwell 1984-1986 Betsy Kamborian 2004-2006
Susan Galler 1986-1988 Ilisa Hurowitz 2006-2008
Lola Baldwin 1988-1990 Terri (Hootstein) Grogan 2008-2010
Susan Paresky 1990-1992 Usha Pasi 2010-2012
Catherine Conover 1992-1994 Megan Panek 2012-2013
Carol Bonnar, CFRE 1994-1996 Heather Kispert Hagerty 2013-2015
Mary Jane McGlennon 1996-1998 Meghan Seidman 2015-2017
Catherine Baer 1998-1999 Andrea Finnerty 2017-2019

Anne Cowie

Janet Miner



Kellen Epstein

Katie Quakenbush Spiegel