Ainsley Newman Wallace joined the University of Southern Maine in 2016, bringing more than a decade of leadership experience in development and nonprofit management. After serving as the University's first VP of Corporate Engagement and the Vice-President of the USM Foundation, Ainsley became President and CEO of the USM Foundation in May 2018. During her tenure the Foundation has transformed into a powerful philanthropic engine for USM and its students. Ainsley currently leads the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history, with the goal of raising at least $46 million toward scholarships and student supports; a reimagined Portland campus, including a new Center for the Arts and Career & Student Success Center; and academic programs of excellence at USM. Ainsley initially came to Maine as a first-generation college student at Bowdoin College, but some of her most transformative educational experiences have taken place in American Sign Language, Linguistics, and MBA courses at USM.