Jennifer Ross currently serves as the Chief Advancement Officer for the Gibbes Museum of Art, an American art museum, uniquely positioned in the downtown historic district and one of the oldest art museum facilities in the South.
After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Ross spent time in Washington, DC, pursuing business opportunities in both the banking industry and at the Corporate Executive Board, a research firm focused on best-practices within the corporate suite. Wanting to spend more time in her native Charleston, Ross returned where she began her career in the nonprofit sector. Her initial fundraising work at Ashley Hall School, where she had attended, opened her eyes to the importance of the nonprofit community and how business principles could be integrated in the day to day mission of those organizations. Ross also experienced the growth of Charleston and the evolution of the philanthropic landscape.
Ross began her work with the Gibbes Museum in 2011 writing donor proposals and foundation grants. When appointed Chief Advancement Officer in 2014, it was exciting for her to play a part in helping to raise $17 million dollars for a restoration that would allow the Gibbes to join the growing list of historic city buildings updated and modernized for the Charleston of today.
A 2018 graduate of the Riley Institute and a guest lecturer at the College of Charleston, Ross believes in the importance of remaining actively involved in civic engagement and philanthropy. Ross enjoys being a mentor to young people in whatever capacity needed. In her spare time, she loves spending time on the water with her husband and three teenage daughters, trying out new restaurants with friends and family, and running the Greenway in West Ashley.