Leadership

Barbara Gaskin, Board of Directors, Co-President

Barbara is a management consultant who currently works with organizations on performance and social impact measurement, project planning, and management, and information technology/business strategy alignment. Previously, she served as CEO of Decision Support Technology (DST), a consulting firm specializing in the strategic use of information technology and the design and development of business intelligence systems for large corporations and government agencies. Barbara has also served as COO of Crosswind Investments, a start-up institutional investment firm based in Boston. Her philanthropic endeavors include working for an international philanthropy consulting firm on the development of social impact measurement methods and tools. In addition, she has served on the board of the Carroll School in Lincoln, was a tutor/mentor for Year Up students, and continues to support several non-profits in Belize. Barbara is an avid traveler and nature photographer and enjoys living in Newburyport.

 

Bridget Dunn, Board of Directors, Co-President

Bridget is a software product management professional focused on building dynamic technology solutions for challenging user problems. Currently with Fidelity Investments, she has previously worked in the FinTech and P&C insurance software spaces as well as consulted for private clients. After joining TPC as a Fellow, Bridget has enjoyed serving the organization as a grant team captain, grantee liaison, and member of the Young Philanthropist Initiative. Originally from Michigan, Bridget is now proud to call Natick home and is passionate about supporting organizations and communities in the MetroWest area. Bridget holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Peace & Justice Studies from Wellesley College and is an M.B.A. candidate at Bentley University concentrating in Information Systems and Technology.

 

Cathy Konicki, CFA, CAIA, Board of Directors, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee

Cathy has spent her career in investment consulting and is a partner at NEPC, LLC, an independent investment consulting firm. At NEPC, Cathy heads their Endowment and Foundation consulting practice, helping non-profits invest their endowment assets while meeting spending needs for grantmaking. Cathy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has Bachelors and MBA degrees from Boston College. She is also on the Board of the Boston Area Gleaners and the Jeremiah Program – Boston. Cathy and her husband, Hayes Miller, live in Winchester and have three adult children.

 

Cheryl Wakeham, Board of Directors, Clerk, Co-Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee

Cheryl is a free-lance editor working primarily with clients in the financial services field. She has held management positions in the financial industry as well as in management consulting. Always interested in words and language, she taught English as a Second Language in Brighton for 10 years, serving a largely Russian-speaking population. When not massaging others’ words, Cheryl is writing a screenplay for an animated film, with some characters based on children she met while living and volunteering in Strasbourg, France. She makes her home in West Roxbury, where she tends her modest but prize-winning garden.

 

Jennifer Angarita, M.P.P., Board of Directors, Co-Chair of DEI Committee

Jennifer brings strategy, operations, and program evaluation experience to non-profits and community development finance institutions. Currently, Jennifer serves as a community loan fund officer at BlueHub Capital, where she conducts business development, credit and social impact analysis, and ongoing portfolio management. Her experience spans multiple fields including labor, community development, and philanthropy. She is 2017 Opportunity Finance Fellow, a 2017 New Leaders Council Fellow, and served as a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Susan Benford, M.B.A., Board of Directors, TPC President 2016-2019

Susan has been consistently unable to decide what she wants to do. She worked in Washington, D.C. for a lobbying group representing the pet industry; earned an M.B.A. and worked as a financial analyst at Intel; hired and managed a sales force in the computer software industry; served on the Boston Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, on the Foundation Board of the Massachusetts College of Art, and in leadership roles at Shady Hill School, BB&N, and Cambridge School of Weston. With her interest in expanding the collective giving movement, she joined the Board of Philanos as Vice Chair in July 2020. This organization represents nearly 80 organizations like TPC and represents 17,500 members in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. She is married, has two adult sons, and one spoiled dog.

 

Caroline Boeckman, Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee

Caroline is a Boston-based development and donor relations professional interested in creating programs to improve long-term donor outcomes. She has a strong interest in the arts, social justice, reproductive health rights, and education. She worked at the Carroll School for 14 years in a variety of roles focused on community building and fundraising and was the Director of Annual Giving. Caroline served as a Board member of Community Call and Codman Farm, as an overseer at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and as an advisor in the Development Department of Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and after graduating from Smith College with a degree in art history she moved to New Hampshire and founded The Llongneck Llama Ranch. She was a founding member of the New Hampshire Llama Association and GALA (Greater Appalachian Llama Association) and served on the Northfield Town Planning Commission. Caroline now lives in Cambridge with her husband Randy and often one or more of their four adult children.

 

Melanie Calzetti-Spahr, Board of Directors, Chair of Governance Committee

Melanie spent her career at Fidelity Investments where she worked in the private equity investment arm of the organization. She left in 2013 and re-engaged in the non-profit sector and is a member of organizations that invest throughout the greater Boston area in the domains of education, poverty, and immigration. She is also actively involved with women’s reproductive health issues and advocacy and does pro bono consulting with ESC of New England and Community Consulting Teams. Melanie is a former fellow of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, a new third stage of higher education designed to prepare experienced leaders to take on challenges in the social sector. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Smith College and an MBA with distinction from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Jay, live in Winchester.

 

Leigh Chandler, Board of Director, Co-Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee
Leigh is a marketing and communications professional committed to mobilizing action toward social equity. Currently she serves as the Manager of Marketing and Communications at YW Boston, a nonprofit that works to create more inclusive spaces in Boston and beyond. She also has experience in nonprofit development and as a public speaking coach. Leigh joined TPC in 2017 as a Fellow, and has served as a Grants Captain and on the Marketing Committee. In 2018, she represented the organization at Philanos’ conference, presenting on social media strategies for collective giving networks. Leigh grew up in a small beach town in South Carolina and graduated from Davidson College in 2016 with a degree in English. When not in nature, she prefers to spend her time at Boston’s local bookstores and cinemas.

 

Erin Joy Cooper, Board of Directors

Erin is a VP & Relationship Manager at Cambridge Trust Company. With over 20 years of experience working in the field of financial services, she has spent the last 10 of those years in Wealth Management. In 2018 Erin earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® and works with both individuals and organizations in building and executing their philanthropic plans. She has an MBA from Suffolk University and a dual Bachelors degree in Marketing and Sports Management from University of Massachusetts. Besides being a TPC Board member, Erin is active in the community as the founder of Kid Kindness as well as involved with B-WIN, The Boston Club, Essex County Estate Planning Council, and Boston Estate Planning Council. Erin lives in Wakefield with her husband, two daughters, and their German Shepherd Dog, Luna.

 

Kathy Dunigan, Board of Directors

Kathy is an IT project manager who currently holds the title of Vice President at State Street. She devotes most of her professional time to managing large-scale mission-critical projects throughout their full life cycles and is frequently credited for her ability to create controls and standards and develop repeatable processes that benefit both the bank and its clients. Prior to joining State Street, Kathy held IT-related positions at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Fannie Mae, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). On her own time, Kathy has taken on several long-term volunteer commitments. Kathy found the New England Home for Little Wanderers more than 20 years ago, assumed the role of “big sister” to an 11-year-old boy (who is now over 30), and maintains a significant presence in his life to this day. Additionally, she volunteered at the Cambridge Public Library — her hometown library — designing the curriculum and training assistant teachers for the basic computer skills course she taught to adults for more than six years. Kathy earned a B.A. in political science and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent some of her happiest moments since then indulging her love of travel including achieving her goal of visiting all 50 states before she turned 50.

 

Amber Gomes, Board of Directors, Chair of Development Committee
Amber is a consultant at Koya Partners where she works within the social justice and advocacy portfolio to place women and people of color in leadership level positions at mission-driven organizations. Prior to this work Amber herself worked in mission-driven organizations including serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, AmeriCorps Volunteer, and the inaugural Development Manager for the nation’s first student-run shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness. She has a dual Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Studies from Oregon State University and received her Masters in Policy and Development from the Middlebury Institute in Monterey, CA where she was a Coverdell Fellow. In addition to being a TPC Board Member, Amber sits on the board of the Cambridge Women’s Center and writes grants for Boston Cancer Support. Amber lives in Cambridge with her fiancé.

 

Taurean Green, Esq., Board of Directors, Co-Chair of DEI Committee
Taurean is a native Virginian who migrated to Boston to attend Suffolk University Law School. Currently, she is an attorney and serves as the Lead Compliance Specialist for Payfactors, which offers a full-suite of cloud-based compensation data management tools to its clients. Taurean is not only a member of TPC’s Board of Directors, but also serves in that capacity at Speak for the Trees and the Charles River Conservancy, a reflection of her love of nature. She is helping to lead TPC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

 

Leslie Levenson, Board of Directors

Leslie spent the first half of her career as an Occupational Therapist in the field of mental health. Earning her Master’s from Tufts University, she managed inpatient programs and led vocational training at New York Hospital, Silver Hill Hospital, and Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Leslie embarked on her philanthropic career while raising three children in Boxford, volunteering and serving on boards at church, school, and in the community. In 2002, she founded Community Giving Tree, a non-profit organization serving low income children, and Twice Loved Toys, a social enterprise supporting the organization. After 15 years as Executive Director, she stepped down when she and her husband moved to Brookline. Leslie currently works part time at Uncommon Threads, a non-profit women’s clothing boutique, and is on the Boston Advisory Board for Budget Buddies. She and her husband enjoy traveling the world and relaxing in Maine.

 

Sue Meehan, Board of Directors, Chair of the Grants Committee

Sue is a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who specializes in helping entrepreneurial, early-stage organizations successfully grow. She has more than 20 years of experience building strategically focused, high performing cultures equipped to expand quickly. Sue is currently the Chief Operating & Financial Officer of iCivics, a national non-profit promoting civic education. Prior to that she was the COO for Year Up, an award-winning social enterprise organization working to close the opportunity divide. Earlier in her career, Sue was the COO at the Share Group where she played an integral role growing this start-up into an industry leader in fundraising for national progressive non-profits. Sue earned a BA from Colby College and her MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

Jennifer Morrison, Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Membership Committee

Jennifer is a life-long educator, deeply committed to helping teachers develop their practice throughout their careers. She started her professional life as a classroom teacher before landing at Wheelock College as director of the Curriculum Resource Center. For the next 15 years, she worked on school reform in the Boston Public Schools. During this time, she served on the board of the Brookline Education Foundation. Currently she is a consultant with the Teaching and Learning Alliance and also works with BPS fellows in the Passion to Teach project. Through TPC she became interested in the foster care system and volunteers as a CASA worker and Special Education Surrogate Parent. She lives in Boston with her husband and in her free time enjoys making ceramics and playing with her new grandson.

 

Osamagbe Osagie, Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Membership Committee
Osamagbe is a lifelong learner who is deeply committed to amplifying the lived experiences of marginalized peoples within her local and global community. Currently, Osamagbe serves as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at a school for children who have language-based learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. Osamagbe’s love for young people, education, and social justice stems from her work with students, her involvement in state-level politics, and connections to local grassroots organizations. Hailing from a small suburb just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Osamagbe earned a Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University. She loves to spend her free time reading books, learning more about photography, traveling, and spending quality time with her loved ones over good food, spirits, and music.

 

Cassandra Trujillo, Board of Directors, Chair of the Young Philanthropist Initiative

Cassandra loves helping exceptional individuals and ideas reach their full potential, and appreciates that TPC lets her play a small part in supporting non-profits as they grow into theirs. She currently works in marketing at Wayfair, prior to which she spent seven years in education, teaching in San Francisco and then mentoring teenagers at Summer Search Boston. She draws inspiration from the many dedicated individuals she has been lucky enough to encounter, and is especially energized by the challenge of meeting the needs of gifted students from low-resource backgrounds, and the promise that new technology holds for fields like transportation and health care. Originally from New Jersey, Cassandra earned a BA in English from Yale and an EdM in Education Policy & Management from Harvard. She is now a proud Bostonian and feels grateful to live in a city that invests so heavily in the non-profit sector.

 

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