Meet our staff

Atsede Assayehgen
Executive Assistant &
Office Manager
Bio

Christina Turner
Director of Programs and Grantmaking
Bio

Geeta Pradhan
President
Bio

Geoff O’Connell
Chief Financial Officer
Bio

Jenny White
Digital Communications Officer
Bio

Minjee Lee
Development and Operations Associate
Bio

Lauren Marshall
Director of Marketing & Civic Engagement
Bio

Liz Ackerson
Donor Relations & Systems Officer
Bio

Michal Rubin
Vice President of Development
Bio

Wen Lo
Finance Officer
Bio

Executive Office

Geeta Pradhan

President

Geeta draws on her deep experience in philanthropy, urban planning, and economic development to support the wellbeing of Cambridge and those who live in and rely on Cambridge. She transformed a 105-year-old local grantmaking organization into the city’s giving platform, supporting shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness through grantmaking, civic leadership, and philanthropic partnerships. Today, the Foundation supports more than 150 local nonprofits annually, conducts research and initiates cross-city conversations, and serves as a collaborative philanthropic partner to donors, businesses, nonprofits, universities, and engaged citizens, helping to address community needs. 

Geeta has been a close collaborator of the Greater Boston nonprofit sector for more than 30 years. She co-authored two reports on the financial health of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector, organized the creation of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, an organization that supports the nonprofit ecosystem statewide, and facilitated the founding of the Institute of Nonprofit Practice, which supports the development of promising social impact leaders. She serves on several public sector task forces and committees, including the City of Cambridge’s Youth & Family Policy Council and Community Benefits Advisory Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Kendall Square Association, Central Square Business Improvement District, Institute for Nonprofit Practice National Advisory Board, and the local advisory board of UpTogether (formerly Family Independence Initiative). Geeta previously worked for The Boston Foundation as the Associate Vice President for Programs, where she oversaw grantmaking and community impact, led the multi-neighborhood Fairmount Corridor effort focused on equity and opportunity, and co-founded the Boston Indicators Project to drive scaled social change. She also worked for the City of Boston serving as Director of Sustainable Boston and Assistant Director for Neighborhood Development. A trained artist, she earned a Bachelor of Architecture in India, and holds a Master’s in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

 

Atsede Assayehgen

Executive Assistant to the President & Office Manager

Atsede joined the Foundation as a recent graduate of Barnard College, having earned her B.A. in Urban Studies with an Architecture specialization. Her previous research and professional interests prioritize integrating civic engagement within architectural and urban development processes to create more equitable cities. She is a lifelong resident of Cambridge and is deeply tied to the dynamic fabric of the city, while aware of the changes Cambridge is experiencing. Atsede is working closely with Geeta on the planning and organizational procedures of the Foundation and improvement of the office environment.

Development

Michal Rubin

Vice President of Development

Michal brings to the Foundation a wide range of experience in leading the development functions of notable nonprofits, growing organizations, and providing strategic direction during organizational change. Most recently, Michal established the strategic partnerships department of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Jerusalem. There she created an in-house fundraising function, sat on the Center’s senior management team, and played a key role in five-year strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Michal earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master’s in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel-Aviv University, and her bachelor’s degree at UMass Amherst.

Elizabeth Ackerson

Donor Relations and Systems Officer

Liz joined the Foundation 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.

Minjee Lee

Development & Operations Associate

Minjee first came to the Foundation in April of 2020 when she was brought in on a volunteer-basis to support the Foundation’s efforts to provide relief to Cambridge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the first phase of Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund grants, she has officially joined the Foundation as a member of the Development team.

Minjee is a 2019 graduate of Brandeis University where she participated in the Women’s Varsity Soccer team and earned her degrees in Environmental Studies and Business. Prior to joining the Foundation, she spent time getting to know Cambridge while campaigning for the 2020 Presidential Election cycle and working as a barista at a local favorite café, Darwin’s, Ltd. (Cambridge St.), where you can still find her working on weekends.

Grantmaking and Programs

Christina Turner

Director of Programs and Grantmaking

Christina Turner joins the Foundation bringing decades of programmatic and leadership experience at nonprofit institutions focused on education, youth development, and arts and culture. In her previous role, Christina served as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. She previously directed the museum’s award-winning High School Apprenticeship Program, earning the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Christina serves on the board of Our Sisters’ School and the Equity Institute, which develops systems to cultivate culturally responsive schools and communities.

Christina holds a BA in Sociology from Boston University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She recently completed the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Core Certificate program earning a certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership.

Finance

Geoff O’Connell

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining the Foundation in March 2021, Geoff was the V.P. and Director of Operations of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association where he established and executed against long-term strategic and short-term operational goals. As a senior management team member, he was responsible for the chapter’s infrastructure including finance & accounting, human resources, information technology, and office administration and operations.

Prior to the Alzheimer’s Association, Geoff was Senior Vice President in State Street Corporation’s Global Relationship Management Group, charged with maximizing satisfaction of complex mutual fund and investment management clients worldwide. Earlier in his career, Geoff spent 12 years in sales, marketing, and management with IBM and the IBM Credit Corporation. Geoff holds his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Wen Lo

Finance Officer

Wen joins the Foundation after serving as Senior Accountant at Perkins School for The Blind, where he helped maintain and grow several business units, including manufacturing braillers, international grants, federal contracts, and accessibility consulting. During his time at Perkins, he improved operational cash by 82% through enhanced communications with stakeholders, which reduced open receivables and organized payments to organizations.

Wen has 15 years of accounting and finance experience at various nonprofit and for-profit organizations across health care and service industries. Wen holds a bachelor’s in Accountancy from Bentley College and a master’s in Taxation from Bentley University. He completed both degrees cum laude in under four years with a minor in American History.

Communications

Lauren Marshall

Director of Marketing & Civic Engagement

Lauren came to the Foundation in the spring of 2018 from Harvard, where she worked on communications strategy at the Harvard Art Museums and on major university priorities over 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 oversees all communications, including annual reports, announcements, web, social media, newsletters, and more.

Jenny White

Digital Communications Officer

Jenny joined the Foundation in 2019 after working for more than three years with the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. As a content manager and research associate, Jenny led K-12 education research, blogging, and communications for the Institute’s Blended Learning Universe website and authored several papers and research reports. Prior to that, she taught English as a second language for two years, first in a public school in the Republic of Georgia and then in the nonprofit sector in Mexico. At the Cambridge Community Foundation, Jenny manages many aspects of our digital communications, including sharing community stories through social media, newsletters, website, and events. Jenny earned her B.A. in International Relations and French from Tufts University. She resides in Cambridge.

Michal Rubin’s headshot was taken by Allen Woods // Kelli Camille Films. Other staff headshots by Allegra Boverman.