Marie Dispenza joined KC Pet Project as its Chief Development Officer in October 2018. Marie oversees all KC Pet Project development activities including solicitation of operational support, major gift prospecting, donor stewardship and recognition programs, monthly giving programs, and planned giving opportunities.
Marie’s professional career has exhibited her being a champion of and for the nonprofit sector including her experience through fundraising, development, marketing, public relations, and grant-making. Her development career began at Wayside Waifs and continued to Rose Brooks Center. Most recently, Marie led the charitable foundation of the Kansas City Royals, Royals Charities, as its director focused on oversight of the $3.5 million public foundation. Marie is an alumna of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program and represented the Royals as a Most Wanted Honoree in 2016 selected by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. A personal advocate within the Kansas City animal welfare community since she and her partner adopted an energetic terrier in 2009, Marie has also served Legal Aid of Western Missouri, where she previously worked as a staff attorney representing indigent clients in Kansas City.
Marie earned a B.S. degree in journalism with an emphasis in sales and marketing at the University of Kansas. A member of the Missouri Bar, she graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law where she was the president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. She resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with her partner, Buddy, and their two adopted terriers, Tobin and Lincoln.