Ainsley Newman Wallace joined the University of Southern Maine in 2016, bringing more than a decade of leadership experience in development and nonprofit management. In May 2018, Wallace became president and CEO of the USM Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization that supports USM in its mission of student success and community engagement.
Previously, Wallace served in a dual role as USM’s VP of corporate engagement and the Foundation’s vice president. She was instrumental in fueling the growth of community, alumni and employer engagement, helping to build support for a resurgent USM, both within and outside of the academic community. She established USM’s first employer relations team, and led the establishment of the MEMIC John T. Leonard Endowed chair in Risk Management & Insurance, one of the largest in USM’s history.
As President and CEO, Wallace will continue to strengthen the Foundation’s focus on bringing alumni and community relationships and resources to best serve USM’s students and the University’s vision. She is overseeing new initiatives to broaden alumni and public engagement—developing alumni affinity groups, opportunities for career development and mentoring, and highlighting alumni-owned and operated businesses. At the same time Wallace is shaping an ambitious, comprehensive campaign for USM, with significant funding goals for transformative projects such as a new Promise Scholarship program for disadvantaged Maine youth, a Center for the Arts, and other elements supporting USM’s future-forward academic vision. She will continue to build the capacity of the Foundation to meet USM’s scholarship, philanthropic, and annual goals.
Prior to coming to USM, Wallace’s previous experience includes directing major and planned gifts at United Way of Greater Portland, foundation relations at The Jackson Laboratory, and serving as a capital campaign consultant and as a nonprofit executive director.
Wallace holds a BA from Bowdoin College and is currently pursuing her MBA within the University of Maine system.