March Gallagher

President & CEO, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Poughkeepsie, NY

Shift Capital  |  Funding / Investment

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley strengthens their community and provides leadership to address community needs in a manner that is responsible, responsive, and lasting.

March joined the Community Foundations in September 2015 following a national search. She is responsible for the overall leadership of the Foundations including donor services, grant-making, and care and custody of Foundation assets.  A resident of Rosendale in Ulster County, March is an attorney with degrees from Boston University, Bard College, Rockefeller College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She comes to the Community Foundations having served most recently as Chief Strategy Officer at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, focusing on regional quality of life issues.  Previously, March oversaw economic development activities for Ulster County as Director of Business Services and Deputy Director of Planning under Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. She has served on the boards of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Ulster County Development Corporation, Ulster County Workforce Investment Board and Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, which she chaired during 2006 and 2007. She is a current board member with the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown.



Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley seek to strengthen their community by offering donors the means to establish charitable legacies, by making grants, and by providing leadership to address community needs in a manner that is responsible, responsive and lasting.

Notable local community contributions include:

  • Spearheaded the initial capital campaign which resulted in the construction of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.
  • Acquired and restored two historic landmark buildings: The Vassar Brothers Institute and the former Vassar Home for Aged Men; (these buildings are now managed by the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center).
  • Provided low-cost rental space to a number of nonprofit agencies serving the community.
  • Provided the resources to construct the Stanford Medical Center in Stanfordville, in partnership with the Stanford Lions Club