OUR TEAM

Our Staff 2018-03-26T21:14:00+00:00

Geeta Pradhan

President & CEO

An organizational leader with a deep background in philanthropy, urban planning and economic development. Geeta serves on the Family Policy Council for Cambridge. She is a member of the Birth to Third Grade Partnership Steering Committee, the transition committee for the new Cambridge Superintendent of Schools, and the Mayor’s Women’s Pay Equity Committee. Geeta has served as a foundation leader overseeing the development of strategic initiatives. Earlier, she led the effort to organize the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, co-founded the Boston Indicators Project and directed New Economy Initiative to leverage the power of technology and data to drive social change.

Lauren Marshall

Director

Marketing & Civic Engagement

Lauren came to the Foundation this spring of 2018 from Harvard where she worked on communications strategy at the Harvard Art Museums and on major university priorities over the past 15 years. Prior to that, Lauren worked at Columbia University as a senior public information officer. She is a Cambridge resident with a true commitment to our City. Lauren plays an important role in the Foundation’s work to strengthen connections across all sectors of our City. She is amplifying the Foundation’s civic leadership, communicating the important work of its programmatic partners, and serving as a spokesperson on a range of issues. Lauren manages all communications, including web, social media, newsletters, annual reports, announcements and others.

Usha Pasi

Vice President

Donor & Philanthropic Partnerships

A leader in philanthropic strategy and donor partnerships with extensive experience. Usha works with donors to connect their philanthropic goals with strategic opportunities and community needs through the Foundation. Liaison to the Professional Advisors Council, working with the leadership of the Council and the Foundation Board of Overseers to expand organizational reach and impact.

Gwyn Gallagher

Director of Operations & Grantmaking

Gwyn joined CCF in 1998, working with Bob Hurlbut, CCF’s former, long-time executive director, for 17 years. In that time she wore many hats, giving her extensive experience in community foundation administration and the world of philanthropy. Gwyn has deep ties with Cambridge— she raised her son here as part of the Amigos School and CRLS communities. Her belief in the vitality of the nonprofit sector in Cambridge led her to her current focus on grantmaking. Gwyn holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UNH and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. She currently resides in a cooperative in Cambridgeport.  

Elaine Saulnier

Finance Officer

An accountant and consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in Real Estate and Finance, Elaine has run her own bookkeeping consulting business for the last seven years. Her career has been wide ranging across different industries, including architecture, real estate and insurance. She has worked in the unique environments created by small start-ups and more recently, the nonprofit sector. Elaine’s role at the Foundation is vital. She is charged with standardizing financial reporting within the organization and providing financial support and effective solutions within the Foundation’s day-to-day activities. Elaine attended Fisher College and Suffolk University and holds degrees in Computer Science and Accounting.

Elizabeth Ackerson

Development Associate

Liz joined CCF in the summer of 2017, making her way from the museum sector into the foundation world. Her commitment to the restorative power of community foundations fuels her work assisting in development strategy and management. She is a profound believer in the impact of telling stories, community involvement, and that one change can really make a difference. A holder of humanities degrees from Syracuse University and New York University, Liz loves to connect and cares about people, stories, and ideas. She is constantly reading, visiting museums, dancing and trying new things.
Elizabeth Ackerson

Ali Roshandel

Advisor

Ali Roshandel is an executive with over 27 years experience in marketing, analytics and technology. His career spans automotive, retail, insurance, telecommunications, transportation and government and more recently, non-profit industries. Mr. Roshandel has extensive experience leading organizations, groups and projects. Most recently he provided services for the state government to lead several programs including streamlining of Public housing wait list application process; understanding homelessness issues and identifying factors that can be addressed more effectively, and proposed the establishment of a Data Office for the Commonwealth enabling effective cross-agency reporting and analysis.

Mr. Roshandel currently advises the Cambridge Community Foundation on marketing, technology and growth. He holds graduate degrees in Management, Economics and Quantitative Analysis from Boston College and New York University.

Keri-Nicole Dillman

Advisor

Keri-Nicole began working with CCF in early 2016.  As an applied researcher for more than 15 years, she has developed a passion for using learning and research to improve nonprofit effectiveness.  She brings that to systems development at CCF towards rigorous strategies and effective core functions including grantmaking and civic leadership.  Her career has afforded work in both academic and private research settings including New York University, MIT, Abt Associates, Mathematica and MDRC.  With clients including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Living Cities, HUD, and Boston LISC, Keri-Nicole’s work demonstrates her commitment to neighborhood revitalization and community health.