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Fiona Gordon

Fiona Gordon, Associate Director of Philanthropy

Fiona GordonFiona and her Philanthropy Department colleague Gail La Rosa Thompson work as a team to strengthen and grow NRCM’s Katahdin Circle membership. They plan and implement communications, visits, and events, in recognition of the contributions of these major donors. Fiona was born and raised in New York and moved to Maine in 2012 after graduating from Boston University. Prior to coming to NRCM, she was assistant coach of the Bowdoin College sailing team and fundraised for the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. After a year of travel, including cruising to Labrador and mountain biking through Utah, Fiona is happily settled in Portland, where she is a member of the Portland Ballet Board of Directors. She enjoys sailing, mountain biking, and skiing.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint chocolate chip, but I’m really more of a candy person!

Dog or Cat Person? Dog! But I like all animals.

In the intro to the first Peterson guide to North American Birds I was ever given, Roger Torey Peterson wrote, “The observation of birds leads inevitably to environmental awareness.” That thought has always stuck with me, and it’s so true! My early education of the natural world came from Peterson guides and looking around my own neighborhood. 

And: I have a deep love for lichen and cacti and am growing a collection of both.

Why I Do This Work

"I fell in love with Maine when I spent a college summer teaching sailing in a tiny town at the end of a beautiful peninsula. Exploring islands, fishing in Maine rivers, and climbing mountains made for a wonderful summer. I knew I had found home, and I believe it's important to be a part of protecting Maine for all those who come after me."