Boston Women’s Fund Names Natanja Craig-Oquendo as ED
November 6, 2020 — The Boston Women’s Fund, a Boston-based nonprofit grantmaking organization that supports initiatives run by women and girls, this week announced it has named Natanja Craig-Oquendo as executive director.
She succeeds Jackie Jenkins-Scott, who served as interim executive director of the Boston Women’s Fund (BWF) since July 2019, after Janet Santos stepped down from the post after four years.
“Natanja’s innate passion for helping others stems from the hardships she faced in her early years. These personal experiences have shaped her into a fearless, unapologetic leader who sees potential in everyone, especially the unlikely leaders and unsung heroes making a positive impact in the community,” said Jenkins-Scott, who continues as senior philanthropic advisor of the Boston Women’s Fund. “We are delighted to have her guiding the organization to reach new heights in the Boston community.
Craig-Oquendo has more than 20 years of philanthropy and nonprofit experience, most recently as vice president of community partnerships at The Possible Project. She also spent 12 years with The Boston Foundation, where she developed its Grassroots Program, which supports a wide range of efforts that bring people together to create engagement, and encourage social responsibility.
She previously held positions with Fidelity Investments, The Partnership, Inc. and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
“I am privileged and honored to lead BWF during these turbulent and challenging times as we live through the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and the nationwide social justice fight, alongside the incredible challenges caused by environmental neglect,” added Craig-Oquendo. “I look forward to working with BWF’s grantee partners, sister organizations and funding colleagues to find new, innovative solutions that build on the organization’s mission, vision and values to transform the community.”
BWF, the first women’s foundation in Massachusetts. was founded in1984 by Kip Tiernan, Jean M. Entine, Cynthia D.Chin, and Renae Scott, among others, to support marginalized women and girls in achieving racial, social, and economic justice.
Through 2018, BWF awarded more than $6.4 million to more than 340 organizations. Its grantmaking supports start-up and on-going grassroots efforts that address racial, social and economic injustice, which work with women of color, low-income women, immigrants and refugees, LBTQIA+ community, women with disabilities, elder women, and girls who are often excluded from full participation in society.
For the year ending June 30, 2018, BWF reported $435,000 in revenue, of which $272,000 came from contributions and grants, and $347,000 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.
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