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Emily Marshall, United Methodist Women Fund Development Head, Dies at 65

Emily Marshall, United Methodist Women Fund Development Head, Dies at 65
Emily Marshall

Emily Mack Marshall, United Methodist Women Director of Development, died after a protracted illness Dec. 16 in a New York City hospital. Ms. Marshall spearheaded United Methodist Women’s 150th Anniversary Legacy Fund Campaign and oversaw the organization’s planned giving outreach. Ms. Marshall was 65.

“Emily has been a leader and an innovator in the Fund Development, committing herself to the Legacy Fund and to United Methodist Women’s path forward,” said Harriett Jane Olson, United Methodist Women General Secretary and CEO. “Each of us will mourn her passing, her team will grieve her friendship and leadership, and collectively, we will miss Emily’s smiling face and how she amazed us by running marathons over the weekends.”

Ms. Marshall joined the United Methodist Women staff in April 2017 with a solid track record in fund development for non-profit organizations. Her previous positions included directing and managing foundation, corporate and government relations at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and directing and managing the philanthropic portfolio at the United Way of New York. 

Ms. Marshall earned a B.A. degree in International Studies from Carleton College and studied at Pratt Institutes’ School of Architecture’s Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning. She held a certificate in Women in Philanthropy and Major Gifts from the Lily School of Philanthropy.

An avid long-distance runner, Ms. Marshall was a member of the New York Road Runners Club and Black Girls Run, and wowed her colleagues by running marathons on the weekends.

Ms. Marshall was a member of St. Albans Congregational Church in Queens, New York. A memorial service is expected to be held in the new year.


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Posted or updated: 12/20/2021 12:00:00 AM

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