Maggie Forster ’09

Alumni and Administrator

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship in Advancement, Advancement Services, and Gift Planning

Maggie (Hedlund) Forster, originally from Cokato, MN, earned her BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2009 with a major in communication studies and minor in gender, women, and sexuality studies. She earned her MS in speech communications at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2011. 

While completing her capstone project for her masters, she was the graduate intern in the Office of Marketing and Communication at Gustavus. After enjoying that experience, she continued working at Gustavus with a position in the President's Office, working for President Jack Ohle and Barb Larson Taylor '93 on special projects, specifically the 2011-12 Sesquicentennial celebration. In December of 2012 she started working with the Gustavus Annual Fund. In July of 2014, she transitioned to her current position as the Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship in the Office of Advancement. 

She can answer your questions regarding your personal philanthropy at Gustavus. She works closely with capital building projects, the Gustavus Endowment, endowed and current scholarships, memorials (including the Christ Chapel Memorial Garden), and donor recognition events (including President's Dinner at Christmas in Christ Chapel and Celebration of Philanthropy). She is the resident "Nancy Drew" of the office, and is always ready to help with your questions and research into funds and donor intent. Maggie is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP). 

Maggie currently lives in Shakopee, with her husband, Tony Forster '08. She is beyond proud to be a Gustie sibling to Carlie Hedlund '15. In her spare time she gets outdoors as much as possible, enjoys reading historical non-fiction and true crime novels (okay, also a total sucker for a romance), supporting Minnesota athletic teams, hanging with her friends and family, and watching as many B action movies/crime drama television as she can. Maggie serves on the Board of the Gustavus Library Associates.


B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, M.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato