January 26, 2001
Angela Matthews of Portsmouth has been appointed director of development at Plymouth State College. As such, she will oversee the College’s programs in major and planned giving, and the College Annual Fund.
Matthews has 10 years experience on the staff of the Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation (GPCF), a regional division of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, first as program officer and then executive director. As senior foundation officer, she was responsible for governance, grants, management, program initiatives and endowment development. During her tenure the foundation’s endowment assets grew from $9 million in 130 funds to $27 million in 250 funds.
Matthews says, “My successes at GPCF were the result of building strong relationships with donors and guiding them in the process of creating community endowment. … Donors often came to GPCF with the germ on an idea. Together, we developed fund purposes and community initiatives that satisfied their philanthropic goals.”
Lewis Feldstein, president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation says, “[Angela] builds great trust and respect with a broad range of people… She brings humor, grace, high intelligence, careful listening and a firm but gentle manner to her relations with others. Angela’s work is fired by her strong passion for service, a driving sense of what is right and what needs to be done to make a difference.”
Angela Matthews holds a B.S. degree in education from Salem State College, and an M.S. in education from Lesley College. She has served on the boards of directors of Sustainable Harvest International, Blues Bank Collective, Girl Scouts Swift Water Council, and the Unitarian Univeralist South Church. She has also participated in N.H. Leadership Arts and Leadership Seacoast.