Associate Director / Development + Engagement

Margaret Perkins-McGuinness came to Charlotte Street Foundation in 2017 as Associate Director for Development & Engagement. Prior to joining Charlotte Street, Margaret worked as Director of External Affairs for the Spencer Museum of Art, a nationally recognized university art museum at the University of Kansas. At the Spencer, Margaret played a guiding role in a successful $13 million capital campaign and major facility renovation project. In addition to leading a comprehensive individual giving program, she oversaw a robust grant program and managed the development of successful funding proposals from a wide range of government entities and private foundations. She has spearheaded a number of ambitious community and donor engagement initiatives, recently completing the At Large initiative, a 2-year community engagement project encompassing more than 80 events, interactive artist projects, and multiple public art installations. Margaret created and implemented the institution’s first comprehensive strategic communications plan and managed the creation of printed and digital materials ranging from exhibition collateral to peer-reviewed scholarly journals. She received a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Kansas. An almost-native Kansan, Margaret moved to KCMO in 2010. She lives in the Westside neighborhood with her husband Nathan Benjamin, three-year-old son Lucas, and 11-month-old daughter Genevieve.