Princeton-area nonprofit hires chief philanthropy officer

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has a new chief philanthropy officer, it announced Thursday.

Marcia Shackelford joins the Lawrenceville-based nonprofit from Climate Central, an independent climate science and communications organization based in Princeton where she was vice president for development.

“We are very excited to have Marcia join our team,” Jeffrey M. Vega, CEO and president of the Community Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “The Community Foundation is the center of philanthropy in central New Jersey, and Marcia’s extensive development and fundraising experience align wonderfully with our mission of promoting philanthropy to advance the well-being of our communities forever.”

Shackelford has more than 25 years of experience with a variety of groups, and has served as a nonprofit consultant in Princeton, as well.

“Because of her prior consulting work, she is also knowledgeable about nonprofits in our area, and she previously volunteered with our organization through our Fund for Women and Girls,” Vega said.

Shackelford is a New Jersey native who was raised in Princeton, returning to the area in 2015. Her appointment is effective May 10.