Philanthropy Massachusetts Staff (missing Jessica Berns and Linh Nguyen)
Linh Nguyen Bio
Financial Accountant and Bookkeeper
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff joined Philanthropy MA as Executive Director in mid-2010 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Jeff currently serves as the chair of the board of the United Philanthropy Forum. He served on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network for 7 years, four as Treasurer, and was named in 2018 as an Emeritus board member. In addition, Jeff was a member of the Leadership Team of the national D5 Coalition on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy. Prior to Philanthropy MA, Jeff served as Executive Director of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance, worked at the Huntington Theatre Company in a number of positions, and was General Manager at the New Repertory Theatre. Additionally, Jeff has served as Chair of the Arts Services Coalition of Boston, as Board Treasurer of Massachusetts Advocates for Arts Sciences and Humanities (precursor to MassCreative), and as a member of The Boston Foundation Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Advisor Corps. In 2007, Jeff was one of 56 arts leaders to attend the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership-Arts at Stanford University Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation. In 2011, Jeff was awarded the StageSource Theatre Hero Award for his long-time service to the Greater Boston theatre community.
Programs and Service Manager
Kelton joined Philanthropy MA in September 2017. In just six months Kelton proved to be a great asset to Philanthropy MA and moved into her current role as Programs and Services Manager. In this position, Kelton plays a key role in delivering and supporting services, and stewardship relationship with Philanthropy MA’s Grantmaking Members and Nonprofit Partners. Kelton recently completed her MBA in Public & Nonprofit Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where she was able to consult with the Wenham Museum, the Skate for the 22 Foundation, and Celebrity Series of Boston. Prior to Business School, Kelton held Visitor Services roles at the Wenham Museum and the Discovery Museums. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College.
Network Vibrancy Director
Jessica joined Philanthropy MA in January 2019 in a newly created role as Nework Vibrancy Director. This position leads the effort to cultivate, convene and support funder groups (foundations, donors, other giving networks) in Massachusetts. In this role, Jessica fosters stronger coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing among philanthropic organizations and individuals in the region. She connects philanthropy with government, nonprofit organizations, and the business community. In 2011 Jessica founded her own consulting practice dedicated to social justice and action. Jessica's consulting portfolio included work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), university-based programs, and increasingly, philanthropy, focused on global peace and security initiatives, citizen movements for good governance, and women’s leadership. Prior to founding her consulting practice, Jessica served as Program Director at Coexistence International at Brandeis University and Program Officer for the Americas Department of Transparency International. Jessica currently serves as a Board Member of Re-Imagining Community, Art & Social Transformation (ReCAST) and was recently a member of the Annual Benefit Honorary Committee of Global Oncology (GO). Jessica holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Michigan. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in German.
Summer Fund Program Manager
Sean Higgins joined Philanthropy MA as the Summer Fund Program Manager in October 2017 and brought with him a fresh perspective on youth development programs in and around Boston. Most recently, Sean served as a Policy Associate to Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island, focusing on education, workforce development and housing. In his time with the City of Providence, Sean provided strategic guidance for Mayor Elorza’s $1 million investment in summer youth job opportunities and managed partnerships with 19 organizations throughout the City. In addition to his experience in youth workforce development, Sean is also experienced in grant writing, grant management and fundraising. Sean supported grant solicitation efforts for Mayor Elorza and helped to bring in over $500,000 in public and private investments for the City. Before joining the Elorza Administration, Sean supported program operations for Providence Talks, an early childhood education initiative funded through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge. In his spare time, Sean enjoys exploring Boston’s many unique neighborhoods and staying active by running and playing softball. Sean holds a dual undergraduate degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently a part-time candidate for a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Senior Director of Programs
Alex joined Philanthropy MA as the Senior Director of Programs in August 2017. With a career in the nonprofit sector that spans 20 years, most recently Alex McCray served in a Resource Development capacity at both the United Way of Greater Plymouth County and the United Way of Rhode Island. Prior to his work within that network, Alex was a Senior Associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), helping to strengthen nonprofits and enabling social sector leaders to make sound strategic decisions. In addition to raising funds and consulting, Alex has held program management and marketing roles within youth, workforce development and arts-focused nonprofits. For four years Alex gained a grantmaker's perspective in his position as a Grant Programs Associate at the Rhode Island Foundation, where he continues to serve on an Advisory Council. In 2017 Alex joined the Board of Directors of Project STEP, and became a Big Brother again. Alex received his M.S. Nonprofit Management - Leadership, from Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) in 2012, where he now serves as a Lecturer. Alex was awarded his B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College.
Senior Director of Communications
Since joining Philanthropy MA in 2002, Gail has been responsible for the communications and branding in her position as Senior Director of Communications. Her work includes creating Philanthropy MA’s marketing collateral such as the Annual Report and Member and Nonprofit Partner collateral, design and content updates of the Philanthropy MA website, production of the Members newsletter and promotion of Philanthropy MA programs and events via social media outlets. Before entering the nonprofit field, Gail had over 10 years of experience in the corporate sector with Hill, Holliday Exhibition Services as Director of Marketing for conferences for Primary Medicine Today, American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Realtors, Deltek Systems as Director of Strategic Marketing and Director of B2B Marketing at experience.com. Gail serves on the committee of Boston Women Communicators, Bridges Together, and Friends of the Burlington Dog Park and is a board member of the Christopher Catanese Children's Foundation and the New England Patients' Right Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Programs and Administrative Associate
Jamie brings a blend of experience in philanthropy and programs. As a youth, she served for 11 years as an original member of the Junior Board of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation in California, founded to engage the next generation. She represented the foundation at conferences and on webinars to speak about youth engagement in philanthropy. In her role, she supported the planning of the first Youth on Board conference that further developed into Youth Philanthropy Connect, where she then served as a Fellow and Leadership Team Member. Jamie worked as a Programs Assistant at the Office of the Arts at Brandeis University, assisting in the programming of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts; served as Concierge Manager, Box Office Manager and Volunteer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival; and most recently as House Manager and Box Office Associate at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. She received her BA in Theater Arts, and a minor in Environmental Studies at Brandeis University.
Research Associate and Meet-the-Donors Program Manager
Since 2005, Georganna has worked in various capacities at Philanthropy MA. She began as Associate Librarian at the Philanthropy MA Resource Center for Philanthropy (RCP) and transitioned into a combined position where she coordinates Philanthropy MA’s Meet-the-Donors series and also conducts research for Philanthropy MA Members and Partners. Georganna divides her work week between Philanthropy MA, Earthworm, Inc. – a nonprofit recycling organization, and the Dedham Community Theatre.