Giselle Ferro Puigbo Now ED at Brookline Comm. Foundation
Giselle Ferro Puigbo
Giselle Ferro Puigbo

September 11, 2020 — The Brookline Community Foundation recently announced it named Giselle Ferro Puigbo as its new executive director, succeeding Jenny Amory, who led the Brookline-based foundation for eight years.

After Amory stepped down earlier this year, Frank Steinfield served in an interim capacity during the last nine months.

“We are thrilled to welcome Giselle to the foundation and to Brookline," said Mike Lindstrom, board chair of the Brookline Community Foundation (BCF). "She brings incredible cross-sector leadership experience, and will be a powerful voice for our work, especially in this extraordinary time. We are confident she will lead the Foundation to even greater levels of impact and service to the community as we continue to respond to urgent needs and build a better Brookline for all.”

Ferro Puigbo most recently served as vice president of development at Health Leads, where she led a multi-year fundraising strategy to fuel the national nonprofit’s effort to address the societal roots of racial inequity that impact health.

Previously, she served in leadership roles at Teach for America and Blue Engine, where she focused on strategic growth to expand educational opportunities for students. Her teams have raised more than $70 million to advance mission-critical work.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to serve Brookline and its residents. Community foundations are philanthropy’s first responders,” said Ferro Puigbo. “Prioritizing equity and opportunity has been a north star in my career, and I look forward to working with the foundation’s incredible staff, leadership, partners, and donors to advance the foundation’s mission for many years to come.”

BCF, which traces its roots to the late 19th century, aims to create opportunity and promote equity through the transformative power of giving.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2018, BCF had $7.2 million in assets, according to its most recently available annual report.

Since 1999, BCF has granted more than $5.7 million to more than 120 nonprofit organizations located in or serving Brookline. Since the COVID-19 began, BCF said it has raised $1.2 million for its safety fund, which provides emergency assistance for individuals and families in financial crisis.