Published On: February 21st, 2024

The Cambridge Community Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of Christina Turner to vice president of programs and grantmaking, from her former position as director, recognizing the critical role she’s played in developing the Foundation’s five-year strategic plan and her exceptional stewardship of programs and grantmaking.

Since her arrival at CCF in 2022, Christina has refined and improved the grantmaking and review processes; enhanced the administration of the Community Fund, the foundation’s responsive grantmaking program; and developed and launched a food security safety net with nonprofit partners –the first step in CCF’s new strategic plan. She also plays a leadership role in the development of the Foundation’s strategic initiatives articulated in the plan.

“Christina is that rare right-brain, left-brain thinker and we’re incredibly fortunate to have her as we take on the city’s biggest social problems in partnership with our community,” said Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation. “She brings passion and compassion to her work, a thoroughness and thoughtfulness about process and outcomes, and a true understanding of and commitment to community. She’s the kind of creative problem solver we need now as we grow our role in community impact.”

“For nonprofits, programs are the heartbeat – it’s what we do and why we’re here, to serve the community. And Christina has connected the dots in our community, strengthening the links between CCF and our nonprofit partners,” said Ty Bellitti, a CCF Board member who sits on our Programs Committee. “Her incredible work – internally and externally – shows in the strong stories that CCF has been able to tell the past two years.”

Christina spent two decades working in education, youth and program development, and nonprofit management. She came to CCF from the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where she served as director of education and public programs.

She holds a BA in Sociology from Boston University, a master’s in public administration from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in social impact management and leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Core Certificate program. She serves on the board of the Equity Institute, which develops systems to cultivate culturally responsive schools and communities.

Christina’s portrait was taken by Greig Cranna.