I am thrilled to announce that Ginger Imster has joined the Burroughs faculty as director of advancement and external affairs.
Ginger comes to Burroughs from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, where she served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives and helped develop an incubator for bioscience, agricultural technology and plant-science startups in Creve Coeur. Before that, she served as executive director of Arch Grants, a nonprofit providing equity-free grants to startups. Over four years, she grew the staff and board and worked with local, regional and state officials to replicate the Arch Grants model in Kansas City, Cape Girardeau and Springfield.
While clearly an accomplished champion of innovation and development in our region, Ginger began her career at City Academy, where she helped the (then) young school expand in many ways, including managing its first comprehensive campaign which raised over $21.5 million for facilities and endowment.
In her “free” time, Ginger has volunteered with the BioSTL Coalition, the Regional Legislative Coalition, the St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collection, the Crime Commission, the St. Louis Chamber Policy Council, the Ferguson Commission RFQ Committee, the Visiting Nurses Association, the Bellefontaine Cemetery Association, STL-250, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Optimist Club, and the Friends of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. She also likes to putter in her garden!
All told, Ginger brings more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, communications, board governance, relationship development, project management and strategic planning. And she is already very familiar with Burroughs! Her husband is Harry Imster ’83 and her late mother-in-law Margery Dodson Imster ’41 was a member of the JBS fine arts faculty for 16 years. Ginger said that Margery never missed an opportunity to remind her of the value of a Burroughs education.
As head of development for Burroughs, Ginger will be instrumental in planning the school’s 100th anniversary in 2023. But much of her time through the rest of this semester will be spent sitting in on classes; attending student, faculty, parent and alum meetings and events; and reaching out to individual community members who can help her broaden and deepen both her knowledge and relationships.
Please take a moment to introduce yourself — knowing you is one of the very best ways for Ginger to know Burroughs.