Geeta Pradhan


Geeta draws on her deep experience in philanthropy, urban planning, and economic development to address the needs of Cambridge through the Foundation’s work. She has transformed a local grantmaking organization into the local giving platform that supports our city’s shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness. The Foundation has been an effective and high-impact grantmaker for 103 years; today, it supports approximately 150 nonprofits annually. The organization has become an influential civic leader, serving as a neutral, civic voice on issues Cambridge faces, and a collaborative philanthropic partner, working with donors, businesses, nonprofits, universities, and engaged citizens to address residents’ needs.

Geeta previously worked for The Boston Foundation, where she oversaw the development of strategic initiatives. She studied architecture in India and holds an MA in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Atsede Assayehgen

Executive Assistant to the President

& Office Manager

Atsede joins 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.

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.

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.

Gwyn Gallagher

Director of Grantmaking and Operations

Gwyn joined the Foundation in 1998, working with Bob Hurlbut, the Foundation’s former, long-time executive director, for 17 years. In that time she wore many hats, affording 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 Director

An accountant and consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in real estate and finance, Elaine ran her own bookkeeping consulting business for seven years prior to joining the Foundation. 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 startups 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

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 Assistant

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.

Jenny White

Marketing Associate

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. All other staff headshots are by Allegra Boverman.