Biography for Genevieve N. Waller

Ginny originally joined the STSM family in 2004 as a volunteer Victim Advocate.  After leaving private practice in early 2008, Ginny joined the agency as the Director of Development, becoming Executive Director in February 2009.  She brings to the agency creative fundraising techniques, extensive leadership experience, and a passion for eliminating sexual assault and abuse.  Since 2008, Ginny has raised more than $2.6 million in funding for the agency. 

Ginny graduated from USC Law School in May 2003, after serving as President of Women in Law, member of the Pro Bono Board, the Associate Justice of Administration for USC Law School Moot Court Bar, and an articles editor of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal.  Upon graduation from law school, Ginny served as law clerk to the Honorable Steven H. John of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, staff attorney with the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and law clerk to the Honorable Jasper M. Cureton of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Ginny then spent two years in private practice in construction litigation at Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims in Columbia.  

In 2007, she was elected by the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (SC Bar YLD) as the District 10 Representative to the American Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) for a two-year term and was appointed by the ABA-YLD Chair to the Public Service Project Team on Domestic Violence (DV) for 2008-2009.  She is the recipient of three SC Bar YLD Star of the Quarter Awards (2004, 2007, 2008) and an ABA-YLD Star of the Quarter Award (2008) for her exemplary service on the ABA DV project Voices Against Violence.    

In May 2008, the SC Bar YLD chose Ginny as their Young Lawyer of the Year for her commitment to public service and the profession.  And in 2009, the South Carolina Victim’s Assistance Network awarded Ginny the Outstanding Victim Service Provider for going above and beyond the call of duty in service to victims of violent crimes.  In February 2010, The State named Ginny as one of the Top 20 Under 40 in the Midlands.  Recently, the Girl Scouts Mountains to the Midlands recognized Ginny as one of the 2011 Women of Distinction.       

Ginny is a member of Women in Philanthropy, Francis Marion Non-Profit Leadership Institute Class of 2010, South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Board Member and Sexual Assault Interest Group Chair, Association of Fundraising Professionals Midlands Chapter, Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, USC Women and Gender Studies Partnership Council (Vice-Chair), Junior League of Columbia, United Way of the Midlands CEO Association, Leadership Columbia Class of 2009, South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Carolina Academy for Nonprofits Class of 2011, and South Carolina Victim Assistance Network’s Emergency Victim Assistance Committee.  

Ginny lives in Lexington with her husband, an active-duty National Guardsman, and their three dogs and cat.  She enjoys running, reading, and boating on Lake Murray.