Throughout the last five years, the Walls Project has written and won hundreds of grants, and many of those came from one magical individual, Mary Bergeron.
Welcoming, Mary Bergeron as Director of Organizational Advancement, Walls is more excited than ever for the potential in which Mary can elevate our programs and funding opportunities.
Mary is a seasoned development officer with 15+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising, stakeholder/member recruitment, and engagement, grants management, events planning, taking organizations in new directions, strategic planning, and team building. Most recently she spent seven years as Assistant Director of the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio where she contributed to community resiliency work in dynamic landscapes of Louisiana that face water issues. She encouraged collaboration between the Studio, five LSU courses, and Walls Project when she wrote two NEA grants for the community: the Baton Roots Art Farm master plan and a follow-up art installation project. As the LSU College of the Coast and Environment's Director of Development, she increased the profile of the college and gift amounts, resulting in 50+% increases in gifts each year.
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Prior to fundraising and development work in the non-profit sector, Mary worked in IT sector business development, including sales, marketing, and corporate image positioning for software development companies—Communications Research Group (USRobotics), Appro Systems (Equifax), and VoterVoice (Fiscal Note)—where she was acknowledged for record-breaking sales performance, organizational growth, profitability, and opening up new markets.
Walls looks forward to working with Mary (full time!) on advancing the organizational missions of Walls and OneRouge here in the capital region, as well as programmatic expansion in Dallas and Denver.