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2023 Speakers

Kate Guedj

Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

The Boston Foundation

Kate Guedj joined the Boston Foundation as Director of Philanthropic Services in 2000. In 2005 she was made Vice President for Philanthropic and Donor Services, in 2013, her role was expanded to Vice President for Development and Donor Services; in 2015, it was expanded again to Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer and in 2018 she was made Senior Vice President. In this capacity, she oversees the Foundation's development and donor facing efforts and works with the Foundation’s donors to help them achieve their charitable and philanthropic goals. In addition, she provides management oversight to Embrace Boston, the Asian Community Fund, the Equality Fund and the Haiti Development Institute. Kate engages and supports a diverse array of senior leadership within the Philanthropy Group, including eight senior reports and more than 30 staff. She inspires devotion and a passion for excellence from her team and encourages cross-departmental collaboration and centering diversity, equity and inclusion in the work. Kate is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) through the American College, having achieved that distinction in 2017. She is cited in the media as an expert, most recently in the Nonprofit Quarterly in April 2020 and the Chronicle of Philanthropy in August. Before coming to the Foundation, Kate was a senior executive with the Massachusetts Bar Association, overseeing their programs and services. She has also served as Director of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and its grant-making program, providing civil legal services to the poor. She began her career at the Council on Foundations in Washington D.C. as a researcher, and eventually became Membership Director. Kate is on the governing boards of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, the Deshpande Foundation, the Haiti Development Institute and the BASE. She holds a B.A. with honors in the division of the humanities from Swarthmore College.

Keynote Panelist

Closing Keynote: "The Next Chapter"

Friday, April 28, 2023 at 7:30:00 PM UTC


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