We are yes.

We are fillers of gaps. Creators of solutions.
We stretch donations further. We make a difference.

 
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We are the only foundation that addresses the needs of Brookline as a whole.

Fulfilling the promise of opportunity for all neighbors. Spotlighting community needs, inspiring philanthropy, awarding strategic grants where they’re needed most? Yes.

 
 
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Mission

The Brookline Community Foundation brings together individual and community resources to address our shared problems head on.

 
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Our History: The names have changed; the dedication remains the same.

1878

Women are active in the temperance movement in Massachusetts.

They organize and incorporate the Brookline Friendly Society in 1905, providing  both health and social services for Brookline's neediest residents for much of 20th century.

1905

1957

The Society became the parent organization for Family Services of Brookline and Brookline Visiting Nurses Service.

1999

The Society renamed itself the Brookline Community Fund and provided small grants to the community.

The Brookline Community Fund is renamed the Brookline Community Foundation to reflect its expanded mission.

2005

2010

The Foundation was Recognized for complying with the National Standards for United States Community Foundations by the Community Foundations National Standards Board.

 

Board of Trustees

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Laura Allen, Clerk and Co-Treasurer

is a retired investment professional, having spent over thirty years as a senior portfolio manager for institutional and high net worth clients. She has extensive experience working with endowments and foundations at TIAA-CREF, Essex Investments and Boston Private Bank and Trust, assisting them with setting investment policy and determining appropriate asset allocation strategies. Laura started her career at Wellington Management Company, where she was responsible for equity investments for primarily non-profit organizations. She was involved in the formation of the Wellington Charitable Foundation and was a member of the grant review committee. Laura is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she served eight years as a trustee. During her tenure, Laura was Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Academics. Laura and her husband Ken Lewis, who is an elected Town Meeting Member, have lived in Brookline since 1990.

 

Harry Bohrs

is a radiation physicist practicing in Radiation Oncology at the Boston Medical Center (BMC), serving patients for whom BMC is their only option for quality health care. Harry’s Brookline roots go deep, having been a resident for more than 30 years.  In addition, he has been a Town Meeting Member and Advisory Committee member for more than 20 years, taking leadership roles in each. Harry has also served on the Green Space Alliance. Harry lives in the Lawrence School neighborhood with his wife. His two children will start graduate school in the fall; Harry notes that “the wings we have given them will allow the children to fly back on occasion.”

 

Gerald Davidson, Co-Treasurer

retired as a vice president at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he worked in the Treasurer’s Office for the Fidelity Funds. Jerry has nearly 30 years of experience in financial services, principally in the mutual funds industry, in areas involving internal controls and internal audit, compliance, systems development and consulting. He was previously on the board of the Pierce School Extended Day Program, where he also served as President. He was also a trustee at Temple Israel in Boston. Jerry has lived in Brookline for 25 years where he and his wife, Deb, have raised two daughters who attended and graduated from the Brookline Public Schools.

 

Andrea Goodman

has 25 years of marketing and operations experience in the consumer products, health care, professional services and nonprofit sectors. She is Chief of Staff and Chief Communications Officer for Be The Change, Inc., and was previously Director of Communications and Investor Relations for Charles River Associates. Andrea was the first communications director for Nixon Peabody LLP, and held public affairs and communications roles for Reebok and Levi’s. She also helped guide the growth of two socially-focused startups--Children First became the largest network of backup care centers in the US before being sold to Bright Horizons, and The Philanthropy Connection has raised more than $800,000 for grant making since 2013. Andrea has lived in Brookline for 15 years.

 

Alicia Hsu

moved to Brookline, and began working in the Brookline Public Schools in 1984 as a Chinese bilingual teacher at the Devotion School and Brookline High School. After earning a Master’s in Children's Literature in 1987, she returned to the classroom to teach first grade at the Lawrence School, where she taught until her retirement in June of 2015. Highlights during her career include collaboration with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to develop curriculum, the mentoring of student teachers, interns and colleagues, and receiving the 2008 Ernest R. Caverly award for excellence in teaching. Over the years, Alicia was the recipient of numerous grants funded by the Brookline Education Foundation to help Brookline teachers consider more deeply the Asian-American experience and history through coursework, workshops, and children's literature. Alicia's three children attended the Brookline Schools Staff Children's Center, the Pierce School, Brookline High and the Baker School. As a long-time resident, parent and teacher in Brookline, Alicia remains committed to the Brookline Public Schools, and the greater Brookline community. Currently she is on the steering committee of BAAFN (Brookline Asian-American Family Network), and a member of The United Parish of Brookline.

Michael Lindstrom, Vice President

is the principal of studioMLA Architects in Brookline, which provides a full range of architectural services in the design of environments for children, including projects in Europe and Asia as well as in the United States and Canada. Mike led the annual Child Care Design Institute at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2000 to 2008. In addition, he has served as an instructor for the Boston Architectural Center and as an assistant professor for the Parsons School of Design - Paris Program. He has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics on Child Care Center Design. Mike has practiced architecture since 1982 in Paris, New York and Boston. Mike is a LEED accredited professional and has designed multiple LEED certified children's centers.

Lauren Mistretta

is the former assistant vice president in Liberty Mutual’s Personal Insurance business leading brand strategy and marketing operations, with over ten years of prior experience in consumer products marketing and brand building at Hasbro and Reebok. She joined the board in 2016, with a commitment to supporting socio-economic diversity in Brookline. Lauren was born and raised in Brookline Village, and after eight years living in Jamaica Plain, moved to South Brookline with her husband and two children in 2013.

Linda Olson Pehlke

is a writer, researcher and urban planner with a lifelong commitment to fostering livable communities. Brookline has been her home for 25 years. Her professional planning experience includes land use and transportation planning at the local, regional and state levels. She recently served as researcher for the Brookline Community Foundation's Understanding Brookline report. Linda is the author of the award-winning book, Exploring the Paths of Brookline, and has written extensively for local publications and professional journals. A Brookline Town Meeting Member since 2009, Linda serves on the Town's Climate Action Committee and Zoning By-law Committee. Linda is an avid gardener; she is the founder and president of Friends of the Minot Rose Garden, responsible for restoring and maintaining a beautiful public garden in Winthrop Square Park.

Jim Slayton

is the National Medical Director for Outpatient Services for OptumHealth.  He has devoted over 20 years to the field of clinical psychiatry and has held numerous leadership positions in behavioral healthcare organizations. Jim has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He received his A.B. from Brown University, M.D. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from Harvard University. Jim has authored numerous articles and reviews. He has served as a Town Election warden and has participated as a cellist and choral singer in various ensembles in the greater Boston area. Jim is a Brookline resident and a Town Meeting Member.

Kim Barnum

has been a Brookline Public School teacher for her entire professional career. After graduating from Wheelock College, having transferred there from Spelman College, she began teaching at Lincoln School. Subsequently she taught at Pierce, and Devotion Schools, both as a classroom teacher and math specialist. Kim is currently a third grade teacher at Pierce. She serves as a member of the Pierce School Equity Team, is a Mentor Teacher, and has been the Building-Based Mentor Facilitator. Kim is also a supervising practitioner of student teachers from many of the local colleges in the area.  Kim and her husband have been Brookline residents for ten years. She has two adult sons and “a very cute dog.” Kim enjoys reading, travel, and cooking.

 

Chris Chanyasulkit

is a Senior Lecturer and Course Designer in the Simmons College Department of Public Health. Chris has an extensive background in policy advocacy that is grounded in a strong belief in eliminating the structural barriers to equity for vulnerable populations. She holds leadership positions with local, state, regional, and national governance and civic engagement organizations, working to promote racial and gender equity and policy advocacy. Some of these organizations include the American Public Health Association, the Brookline Commission for Women, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Equity Council for New England. Chris is an elected Library Trustee for Brookline,  and a Brookline Town Meeting Member and she volunteers with many Brookline organizations. Prior to joining Simmons College, she served as the Assistant Director of the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. Chris has also worked in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has served on the faculty of Bentley University, Babson College, and Northeastern. She has a BA in biology and art history and a Master’s Degree in public health from Boston University. She also received her Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Doctorate in Political Science from Northeastern. Chris enjoys running around one of Brookline’s many parks with her husband and three young children.

 

Jennifer Dopazo Gilbert

is a partner at the Law Office of Robert L. Allen, Jr., LLP in Brookline Village.  She joined the firm in 2013 and focuses in the areas of land use development, zoning, construction disputes, permitting and regulatory matters, as well as litigation and general municipal law. Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer worked for the Town of Brookline Law Department for 23 years. Jennifer received her BA from Boston College and her JD from Suffolk Law School. The daughter of immigrants, she was the first in her family to attend college. Jennifer has strong connections to the Brookline community. She attended the “old” Lincoln School and Brookline High School. She also provides numerous hours of pro bono services to assist those in need in Brookline.

 

Jim Grace

is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council (AB&C) of Greater Boston. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC. Jim has considerable expertise working with artists and arts organizations in a host of different areas. Jim has been an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Master’s in Arts Administration Program for over five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration. In addition, Jim is a working author, book editor, and publishing attorney. He is the co-author of best-selling The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Golf and has been involved in the publication of over eight books. Jim serves on the board of Associated Grant Makers and the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. He is also a founding board member of the Arts Services Coalition and a former founding board member of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition. Jim has lived in Brookline since 2007 with his wife Lisa Goldblatt Grace and their three children who attend Brookline Public Schools.

 

Melissa Langa

is the managing shareholder in the Boston trusts and estates law firm of Bove & Langa, PC. She has built her law practice guiding individuals, families, businesses and charitable organizations in designing and implementing customized tax-efficient structures to meet their particular estate planning, business and charitable needs. Melissa also administers estates and advises executors and trustees. Melissa's two (now adult) children, Kate and Jim, attended the Edward Devotion School and Brookline High School. Her husband, Jeff Wulfson, was active for many years in the Brookline Soccer Club. They now live in Washington Square.

 

Julie Marcus, President

has more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in marketing and communications. She worked at City Year, the Boston-based national youth service organization for nearly a decade overseeing major events and communications. In 2003, still with City Year, Julie served as Director of the Save AmeriCorps initiative that resulted in the creation of Voices for National Service. Julie began her career at Imagitas, a government-focused marketing solutions company. She has a degree in Government from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in American History from Brandeis University. Julie joined the BCF board in 2010 and became President of the foundation in June 2016. She lives in Brookline with her husband Craig and their three children.

Alan Morse

has had four diverse careers. He was a commercial banker for twenty-seven years and served as Chairman of the United States Trust Company , (now Citizens Bank); as a public servant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for four years as Commissioner of Banks, then Undersecretary of Administration and Finance, and finally as Supervisor of Financial Services; Chairman of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Alan was also an advisor to Civic Capital Group, a specialized hedge fund. In addition, Alan was a high school math teacher in the Boston Public School system for five years. He is now the Chairman of Temple Israel of Boston’s Cemetery Committee and on the Friends Board of the Longfellow House in Cambridge. Alan is married to Cecily O. Morse, and they have two children, Dr. Abraham N. Morse and Rebecca M. Steinfield. Alan and Cecily have four grandchildren.

Gioia Perugini

is the Associate Director of Family Office and Philanthropy Services at Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, a Boston-based legal and fiduciary firm. She works with individuals, families, advisors, charitable trusts and foundations to provide a range of philanthropic advisory and client services. She works with clients to design and implement charitable giving strategies, research particular charities, negotiate gifts of cash and/or tangible assets (with a specialty in gifts of fine art) and coordinate family meetings. Gioia is a frequent speaker, writer and panelist on issues relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. She co-authored a Family Office Exchange publication "Sitting on a Nonprofit Board: What to Consider Before Saying Yes" and authored "It’s All About the Money…Or Is It? Creative Strategies for Charitable Giving." Gioia lives in Brookline with her husband Jamie Bakum and two children, Nina and Alex, who attend the Pierce School.

Victor Viktorov

is a management consultant and business advisor who has worked with companies from startup to Fortune 500 to drive profitable growth. He started his career in finance with General Electric and then was a partner at a startup boutique consulting firm that was acquired by Accenture Strategy. After emigrating from Ukraine to Allston in 1979, his family moved to Brookline in 1986 where he attended Runkle School and Brookline High School. His mother still lives in Brookline. Victor now resides in South Brookline with his wife and twin daughters who attend Baker School. He enjoys sports, cooking, and spending time with his family around Brookline.

Professional Advisors Committee

 

The Professional Advisors Committee is a committee of Brookline-area professionals appointed by the Board of Trustees to act as Brookline Community Foundation ambassadors and advisers for philanthropic, fiduciary, and legal matters. Learn more about members of the committee below.

 
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Ann Hetherwick (“Hether”) Cahill

is a Partner in the Private Client Group at Burns & Levinson LLP, where she focuses on all aspects of estate and trust litigation, guardianships and conservatorships, elder financial exploitation, and family law.  Before entering private practice, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph A. Trainor of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Hether received her B.A. from Skidmore College and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She is the Book Review Editor of the Massachusetts Law Review and a participant in the 2016-2017 Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Program.  Hether lives in Brookline with her husband and two children.

 

Robert Donnelly, Chair

serves as a personal risk manager for high net worth individuals and families. In this capacity he delivers tailored risk management solutions that protect the wealth and physical assets of his clients, while freeing them of the administrative burdens associated with policy issuance and billing. Robert joined Marsh USA Inc. as Office Head, Private Client Services in 2008 bringing with him more that twenty-four years of insurance industry experience. The Private Client Services division of Marsh has national capabilities and expertise with twenty-seven locations and 350 licensed professionals in all fifty states. Robert is a graduate of Villanova University, earned his MBA at New York University and successfully completed the Executive Program in Strategic Sales Management at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He resides with his wife and daughters in Brookline, where he often walks with his family to Fenway Park to catch a game. Robert is the vice chair of the professional advisors committee.

 

Bill Friedler

is a Shareholder in Ruberto, Israel and Weiner’s PC Trusts and Estates Group in Boston. Bill has concentrated his practice in the areas of complex estate planning, probate and trust administration, planning for adults or children with special needs and disabilities, elder law and Medicaid planning. Bill represents his clients for their corporate estate planning needs and is knowledgeable about business succession planning. Prior to joining RIW, Bill founded and served for 25 years as the Managing Partner of The Friedler Law Group, a boutique law firm specializing in Trusts & Estates. Bill has been chosen by New England Super Lawyers every year since 2009 to be designated as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" in his field as an Estate Planner. He has also been selected to be included in the 2015 through 2019 publication of "Best Lawyers In America" in the field of Elder Law.  Bill had served as President Of Temple Beth Avodah, in Newton, MA from 2009-2011. He also served as Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Taxation Section Council from 1995-96 and again from 1997-98. He is a honors graduate of Wesleyan University in CT ( BA 1978) and Suffolk University Law School (JD 1981) and Boston University School of Law (LLM in Taxation 1983). 

Craig Harsfield

works with individuals, families, and small businesses advising them on investment, retirement, and risk mitigation strategies. He specializes in designing tailored long term care solutions for seniors and their families, especially those experiencing transitional needs due to Alzheimer’s and Early Onset Dementia. Craig has a proven track record throughout his 15+ years in the financial services industry, and continues to advise hundreds of clients, in making smart decisions about their investments so they can seek to maximize their financial growth and work towards creating more certainty for their future. He received his business degree from Babson College and holds the designations of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Certified Long Term Care Planner.  He is involved with and serves on numerous non-profit boards in addition to currently serving as the President of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Craig lives in Brookline with his wife and their two young children. Saying Craig is an avid Boston sports fan would be an understatement. In his free time he enjoys an active lifestyle including, coaching various Brookline youth sports teams, traveling and spending parts of his summers on Cape Cod and the Martha's Vineyard.

 

Shannon McAllister 

is a Vice President for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she is responsible for developing and overseeing every aspect of successful client relationships.  Shannon provides banking, investment management, and wealth planning to high net worth executives, founders and families in New England.  Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Shannon served as a Wealth Advisor at Athena Capital LLC and The RINET Company, both independent multi-family offices, and began her career with the Ayco and Goldman Sachs in New York, before moving to Brookline.  Shannon is co-chair for the Women on The Move in the North East, has served on the executive board for the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, and is active with various charitable advisory committees.  She is also a member of several professional organizations including Boston Estate Planning Council and Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads). Shannon graduated magna cum laude from Union College with a double major in Mathematics and Managerial Economics, and was elected into Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honors Society in Economics. She went on to receive her M.B.A. at Union Graduate College. Shannon holds current NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses, and is a candidate for CFP® certification.

Oliver C. Scholle  

is a financial planner with Harvest Wealth Management in Needham MA where he specializes in helping families facing the twin challenges of paying for their children’s college education while saving for their own retirement.  His previous experience includes positions with Bank of Boston Global Asset Management, the Citibank Private Bank and the American International Group (AIG). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Harvard College. Oliver lives in Brookline with his wife Beth and daughter and has two sons serving in the U.S Navy.

Liza M. Connelly, Vice Chair 

is a Senior Vice President and Fiduciary Advisor at CIBC Private Wealth Management.  Prior to joining CIBC Private Wealth Management, Liza worked at Boston Private Bank & Trust Company as a Wealth & Fiduciary Strategist,  providing extensive estate and tax planning strategies for clients with sophisticated estate plans and complex tax issues.  She previously practiced as an associate in the Trusts & Estates Department of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster PC, where she focused on estate planning, estate administration, trust administration and tax work for her clients.  Prior to law school, Liza worked in offshore relationship management and marketing at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co in Boston and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Liza received her J.D. from Suffolk University, her LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University and a B.A. from Miami University.

 

Charles Evangelakos 

is a wealth manager who specializes in working with the unique complexities of highly affluent families, business owners and corporate executives. Charles has a five-step planning process that allows him to understand his clients’ needs and their visions, values and goals. Through a comprehensive analysis of the information that his clients provide, he is able to deliver sound advice customized to his clients’ needs. With 20 years of experience and a team of advanced case design experts and professionals, the advice delivered is of top caliber. Charles is committed to putting his clients best interest first. He is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council and many other local organizations. He serves as a board member of Mercantile Bank of Boston and on the Boston Advisory Committee for Commerce Bank of Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

Steven E. Gurdin

is a partner at Fitch Law Partners LLP (“Fitch”).  Steven’s civil litigation practice is concentrated in the areas of complex Family Law and Probate and Estate Litigation. Steven has almost 25 years of experience as a practicing attorney.  He has served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Boston Bar Association. Steven is also an active member of the Family and Probate Law Sections of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Estate Planning Council and the New England Advisory Board of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators - AACFL.  He is recognized as a leader in the Massachusetts legal community, consistently named a top lawyer and a “top volunteering individual”.  Steven is a 1990 graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and a 1994 graduate of Albany Law School of Union University (J.D.).  He now lives in Brookline with his wife, Lisa and their three children (all of whom attend the Brookline Public Schools).  Steven has been a Brookline resident for 16 years.

 

Tatyana Karayeva

is an employee of Morgan Stanley. She is dedicated to the process of educating people to a wide range of topics that effect their financial life. Tatyana is a strong advocate of issues surrounding diversity, inclusion and environmental protection. Currently she is working toward a designation at Yale School of Management. Tatyana is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council. She resides in Brookline with her husband, who is working on cancer research at Dana Farber, and two children, one at the Brookline High school and one at Brookline middle school. In her free time she enjoys yoga, traveling and having an active lifestyle with family and friends.

Sandra Saner   

is a Managing Director at U. S. Trust. She assists high net worth individuals and their families to preserve and enhance their wealth and values through a broad array of solutions such as risk assessment, investment management solutions, strategic financial planning, gifting and fiduciary services, credit and philanthropic services. Sandra is an innovative idea generator and problem solver for clients with multi-faceted needs. She has been with U. S. Trust for 17 years. Previously, she was with Citibank's Private Bank. She worked in Corporate Finance for 12 years for Prudential Capital Corporation, originating, closing and managing long-term private placements for companies in New England. She holds an MBA in Applied Economics from the William Simmon School at the University of Rochester and a B. A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester. She is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Trust and Estate Planner, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and an Accredited Estate Planner. Sandra lives in Brookline with her husband Paul and dog Phoenix. They have two daughters.

Charlie Walsh

is a managing director at Pathstone Federal Street, bringing more than 30 years of financial services and international business experience to the firm. Prior to joining Pathstone Federal Street, Charlie spent seven years at LongVue Advisors, a wealth advisory firm he co-founded. Previously, Charlie worked for 15 years at Fleet Bank and its predecessor, BankBoston. He was a Director and Senior Private Banker responsible for managing relationships with high net worth individuals in the United States and overseas, including business owners, entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives of Fortune 100 corporations. At Fleet, Charlie coordinated and managed a team of specialists with expertise in all aspects of wealth management. Before joining BankBoston, he spent eight years as a corporate banker with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and the Middle East. Charlie earned his Master's degree in government and foreign affairs at Georgetown University, and his Bachelor's degree at Villanova University. He is a mentor at Year Up, an organization which provides ongoing training and career placement for inner city youth. Charlie serves on the Advisory Committee for The Equality Fund at The Boston Foundation, Steering Committee for the Haiti Development Institute, and Leadership Council for Oxfam America.  He is also active in Catholic Relief Services. 

Friends of Brookline Community Foundation

Friends are a motivated group of thoughtful, connected and philanthropic citizens, primarily residents, who are knowledgeable of and passionate about Brookline.  They provide historical context, guidance, perspectives, influence and financial support to help leverage and strengthen BCF’s activities, impact and benefit to the community. 

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Judith H. Kidd (chair)

Barry Berger

Andrew Bernstein

Deborah Brooks

Judy Bullitt

Hsiu-Lan Chang

John Christian

Ann Coles

Bill Coughlin

Anne Covert

Lloyd Dahmen

Mary Dewart

Betsy DeWitt

Ashley Mason

Michael Maynard

Maureen Mayotte

Patricia Meaney

Tom Mendelsohn

Josh Miller

Buks Moolman

Cecily Morse

Lynn Osborn

Susan Porter

Michael Robbins

Mike Sandman

Paul Saner

Ali Dorf

John Gallagher

Nat Gardiner

John Grew, Jr.

John F. Hodgman

Chobee Hoy

Sytske Humphrey

Kristen Jilek

Mini Kolluri

Jay Lebed

Susan Manaras

Harry Margolis

Marcia Marcus

Annie Short

Judith Alper Smith

Frank Steinfield

Joanne Sullivan

Barton H. Tayer

Anne Turner

Rosamond Vaule

Bo Winiker

David Wood


Staff

 

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Jenny Amory, Chief Executive Officer

has more than 30 years of experience in community organizations focusing on women's leadership and quality educational programs for children and youth. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Teen Voices, a journalism, mentoring, and leadership program for girls in Boston that publishes a print and online magazine worldwide. In addition to her extensive nonprofit management experience, Jenny has served on several boards including Third Sector New England and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. In 2011, she was honored as a Barr Foundation Fellow.

Jenny has a BS in Social Work from New York University and a Masters in City Planning from M.I.T.  She lived in Brookline for 13 years, and her two children, Jeremy and Kyle, attended the Lincoln School and Brookline High School.

 

 

Laura Becker, Finance Director

has over 35 years of nonprofit experience with 20 of those being in a senior management position. Prior to joining Brookline Community Foundation, she was the Chief Financial Officer at Catholic Charities Worcester County overseeing a $10M operating budget.  While at Catholic Charities, she was instrumental in upgrading many of their systems including payroll, general ledger fund accounting, fundraising and client management software.  Before that, Laura worked for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, a private nonprofit human service agency in Framingham, where she was the Director of Grants and Contracts.  In her capacity there, she was responsible for over 80 grants and contracts funded by federal, state, and local governments as well as private donations and foundations. Laura graduated from Framingham State University with a degree in Economics.

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Caitlyn Burke, Donor Services Manager

has four years of nonprofit development experience. Most recently she was the Development Associate at The Samfund, an organization that provides financial assistance to young adult cancer survivors. Caitlyn is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumnae and has an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management and a BA in History and English from Saint Michael's College. 

 

Jennifer Lemire, Program Director

has more than 14 years of experience managing domestic and international grants and building robust community development and grant making programs. Prior to joining the Brookline Community Foundation, Jennifer was the International Programs Director at the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) in San Francisco, an organization that provides students and professionals with intensive training in grassroots sustainable development and technical assistance and human resources support to overseas partner organizations. In addition to her time at FSD, Jennifer also worked for Grassroots International, a Boston-based international development and human rights organization that supports community-led sustainable development projects, the Tikvah Fund, and El Circulo de Mujeres/The Circle of Women. Jennifer holds a Master of Arts in International Development from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Amy Silberstein, Director of Leadership Giving

has more than 22 years of non-profit and fundraising experience in the Greater Boston area. Most recently, Amy was part of the Leadership Gifts team in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Brandeis University.  As Associate Director, she focused on major gift fundraising for all aspects of the University including scholarship, the arts and planned giving. She co-founded the Brandeis Arts Council for outreach and alumni engagement, formed to raise funds for, and bring greater attention to, the University’s fine arts, theatre and music departments. Amy has been an active volunteer for many non-profit organizations in the Boston area, including Cradles to Crayons, Birthday Wishes and Community Servings. Three years ago, Amy co-founded an organization called Food To Your Table, whose mission is to bring food "from those that grow it to those who need it." Amy graduated with a BA from Brown University.

 

Theresa Fortillus, Operations Manager

has over 7 years of experience in community development and human services. Prior to joining the Brookline Community Foundation, Theresa was the Operations Manager at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.’s Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center, an anti-poverty organization serving low-income individuals and families in the Boston area. In addition to her community development work, Theresa also serves as a Trustee for the Grove Hall Trust, a community stakeholder-led neighborhood foundation dedicated to supporting community-grown ideas through philanthropy. Theresa holds a B.S. in Business Management with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management from Lesley University and a Graduate Certificate in Human Services and Nonprofit Management from Suffolk University.

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