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Gabrielle Grunkemeyer  

Development Director

About Gabrielle

Gabrielle is the Development Director at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a Maine-based community development financial institution with a mission to build just, vibrant and climate-resilient futures for people and communities in Maine and rural regions by integrating finance, business expertise and policy solutions in ways that make the economy work more equitably.

As CEI’s Development Director, Gabrielle oversees fundraising with an emphasis on strategic plan priorities. She works with staff across departments to develop a diverse philanthropic funding base that includes private, organization and corporate foundation grants as well as individuals. She also oversees institutional processes and systems to facilitate and manage development activities.  

Gabrielle has 25 years of project management and fundraising experience, supporting environmental and conservation efforts in Texas, Maine, and Colorado. She joined CEI after seeing the interconnected relationships between Maine’s economy, small businesses, natural resources and communities.


  • Texas A&M University, B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
  • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, M.S. in Environmental Science
  • Duke University, Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Get To Know Gabrielle
What is your favorite candy or snack food?


If you had unlimited resources, where would you travel to?

It’s not necessarily “where” because I’d like to see it all rather it’s how long I’d be gone with unlimited resources. Current top choices: Azores/Portugal, Patagonia, Camino de Santiago.

What book, film, tv show or album do you return to again and again?

On the Road, Jack Kerouac. Out of Africa. Purple Rain.

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