The Bostonian Society is pleased to welcome Nancy Spalding Gray as its new Director of Development (DOD). Nancy joins The Bostonian Society at an inflection point in the Society’s history as it prepares to launch a campaign that will fuel the Society’s future direction and further solidify its reputation for excellence.
As Director of Development, Nancy will work closely with Nat Sheidley, Executive Director, the Board and senior management to increase philanthropic support and will oversee annual fundraising activities and the development staff.
Established in 1881, the nonprofit Bostonian Society is the primary steward of the Old State House and its collection of Revolutionary American artifacts and records. The Society was established at the dawn of the historic preservation movement to rescue the Old State House when it was targeted for possible demolition or relocation. Thanks to the Society’s efforts the building still stands and is now recognized as one of the most important historic structures in the United States.
Today the Bostonian Society maintains and interprets this national historic treasure for the public, providing more than 120,000 visitors each year with a compelling experience of one of the birthplaces of American democracy. The Society oversees all aspects of the building’s ongoing care and has received national recognition for its preservation work. Inside the museum, thought-provoking exhibits, tours, school programs, and cultural programming developed by the Society’s staff explore America’s Revolutionary history and invite visitors to think deeply about both past and present. In addition, the Bostonian Society maintains a research library with a collection of over 7,500 books, 350 maps, and 30,000 photographs and makes accessible for researchers and students its extensive collection of paintings, decorative arts, textiles, and period artifacts.
Nancy comes to Bostonian Society from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham where she served as a Major Gifts Officer. Her previous positions include Natixis Global Asset Management, Senior Vice President, Content, The Boston Company Asset Management, Director, Head of Marketing & Communications, Evergreen Investments, Vice President, Director of Retail & Institutional Product Marketing and State Street Research & Management, Vice President.
Nancy received a BA in history from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.