United States

Marisa Wigglesworth came to the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences in May 2016 as only the third woman president in the organization’s 150+ year history. A career fundraiser with deep experience in museum management and a love of the outdoors, Marisa was drawn to the Society by the many opportunities presented in leading the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve. Prior to moving to Buffalo, Marisa worked on behalf of a variety of outstanding non-profit organizations, including The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. She has helped these and other organizations raise more than $150 million for capital projects and programs. While not a scientist by training, Marisa has a great appreciation for science and the possibilities it enables. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a master’s degree from New York University. She currently serves as a member of the Development and Membership Board of The American Alliance of Museums, a member of the Advisory Board of the Western New York STEM Hub, and as a member of the Board of MusicalFare Theatre. In her free time, Marisa enjoys exploring with her husband all that Western New York has to offer – with emphasis on visiting museums, finding great places to run, and seeking out the region’s best craft beer.