Galveston Educational Foundation and Galveston ISD welcomes new executive director
Eliza Quigley joins the foundation from Galveston’s Children’s Center to run non-profit arm of school district to raise funds for teacher and school programs
GALVESTON, Texas – The Galveston Independent School District is pleased to formally welcome Eliza Quigley as the new Executive Director of the Galveston Educational Foundation. Mrs. Quigley joined the district from the Children’s Center Inc. in Galveston to head the non-profit organization that celebrates its 10th year in 2011. She will replace the long-running former director, Julie Schmid, after years of dedicated service to the position.
"We had a very strong candidate pool and hosted two rounds of interviews," said Donna Lang, GEF Board President. "It was a difficult decision due to highly varied skill sets and unique perspectives but Eliza was clearly our frontrunner. She is highly qualified for this position with direct experience in fundraising and development for non-profit organizations, passion for education, and a deep commitment to Galveston."
Quigley will be in charge of raising funds for the foundation for teacher grants and school-site grants. Since the start of the foundation in 2001, the GEF has raised over $1 million for GISD schools and staff programs. They celebrated one of their most successful fundraising ventures last April with their annual gala, attended by hundreds of local education supporters.
Eliza Quigley bio:
Eliza Kempner Quigley, LMSW
Eliza Quigley served as the Director of Development & Community Relations at The Children's Center, Inc. for over three years.
Eliza completed her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Boston University in 1994. While at the UT School of Social Work, she specialized in Administration and Planning, and took courses at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. Eliza also became certified in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Skills by the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002.
Quigley has lived and studied in Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. She has also studied with Christie’s Auctioneers in London prior to working for a private art dealer in New York and for Sotheby’s Auctioneers in Los Angeles.
She is on the Board of Directors for the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Galveston County 4C's Health District and on the Advisory Council for the University of Texas School of Social Work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Rotary Club of Galveston and the Galveston County Junior League.