Roger Williams Park Zoo welcomes new director of development

Roger Williams Park Zoo welcomes new director of development

Friday, March 12, 2021
Roger Williams Park Zoo is pleased to announce that Gina Cantelmo has joined the Roger Williams Park Zoo team as the Director of Development.

This important role will develop, lead, and implement fundraising campaigns and community initiatives to raise vital funds to support the zoo’s mission to save wildlife and wild places.

“The zoo is so excited to welcome Gina to our family. I’m sure New Englanders will be very excited to meet her,” says Jeremy Goodman, Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director. “Her tremendous breadth of knowledge will be an invaluable asset in helping to move the zoo forward with our vision for the future.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Roger Williams Park Zoo and Rhode Island Zoological Society as Director of Development,” says Cantelmo. “I am amazed by the talented and dedicated staff whose efforts create memorable experiences and showcase the tremendous scope and profound impact of the work we do here, everyday – both within and outside our park.

“The Roger Williams Park Zoo remains a vital resource to the Rhode Island and greater regional communities,” continues Cantelmo “and I look forward to building on the incredible work being done to ensure the zoo’s preservation for generations to come.”

Cantelmo comes to the zoo with more than 15 years’ experience serving nonprofits in the greater New York region. Prior to joining the Roger Williams Park Zoo, she served in various frontline and philanthropic roles in healthcare, secondary and higher education, animal welfare, and humanitarian organizations.


Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.