Gail Thompson

Gail Thompson, Associate Director of Philanthropy

Gail LaRosa ThompsonGail works closely with colleague Fiona Gordon to cultivate members, and prospective members, of NRCM’s Katahdin Circle. Together, they plan communications and special events, with each visiting different areas of the state and beyond to meet with these members. Gail came to NRCM with more than 30 years of nonprofit experience, focused on natural history, the environment, and education. She grew up in western Massachusetts and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech. In 1999, she moved to Maine to manage the natural history museum at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. She has also worked for the Abbe Museum, Maine Public, and the Schoodic Institute, and most recently as Executive Director for The Grand, a nonprofit performing arts center. Gail divides her time between Ellsworth and Augusta. She and her husband Tom enjoy hiking, paddling, and exploring all Maine has to offer. Her two sons swing by for occasional visits, and her three cats walk all over her.

AND/OR Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Nutella

Dog or Cat Person? Have three cats but love dogs.

That whimsical fellow called evolution, having enlarged the dinosaur until he tripped over his own toes, tried shrinking the chickadee until he was just too big to be snapped up by flycatchers as an insect, and just too little to be pursued by hawks and owls as meat. Then he regarded his handiwork and laughed. Everyone laughs at so small a bundle of large enthusiasms.” —Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

And: I have never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn’t like.

Why I Do This Work

"I've loved the natural world since I was a child and have mourned the loss of many wild places. I picked up litter beside the road on the first Earth Day in 1970 and have continued to work to protect the environment, for many different organizations in many different ways. Now I work with NRCM, supporting those who fight to protect the nature of Maine."