Leslie Kolterman joins Woodwell Climate as Chief Development Officer

Woodwell Climate Research Center (formaerly Woods Hole Research Center) has welcomed Leslie Kolterman as its new Chief Development Officer. Kolterman began in March and oversees the development team.

Kolterman brings extensive experience in fundraising to support scientific research. Most recently, she served as Director of Development for McLean Hospital. Prior to that, she held various roles at Boston University School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“I am passionate about the role that philanthropy can have in moving research forward to catalyze real change and solutions to combat climate change. I look forward to building on [Woodwell]’s strong tradition of supporter events and our outside-the-box partnerships, such as our work with financial management firms to better understand climate risk,” said Kolterman.

Alison Smart, who had overseen development, is now Executive Director of Probable Futures, the new project of Woodwell Senior Fellow Spencer Glendon. Smart will continue to advise Woodwell Climate as a Senior Fellow.

“I am excited to have Leslie as a key member of our team at [Woodwell Climate]. At this critical moment I am especially grateful to have someone with her depth of experience to lead our development department,” said Woodwell President Dr. Phil Duffy.