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Essex County Community Foundation announces new director of strategic development

ECCF announces new director of strategic development
Press Release
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Kristin Hansen has been hired as the Foundation’s new director of strategic development.

Kristin joins ECCF at a critical turning point in its history, as the organization shifts its overall focus towards asset development and community leadership.

“We are very pleased to be working with Kristin, who has done some very impressive development work with Citizen Schools,” said ECCF President and CEO, Dave Edwards. “She will play an integral role in taking ECCF to the next level.”

From 2004 to 2014, Kristin played a leadership role in growing the development and external engagement efforts at Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for students in low-income communities. During her tenure there, Kristin played an essential part in growing the Boston-based organization from a local nonprofit into a national organization. In her role, Kristin led the efforts to build Citizen Schools’ corporate partnerships program, which fueled growth in revenue from the corporate sector from approximately $800,000 to $8 million per year, and was instrumental in increasing annual organizational revenue from less than $7 million to $30 million.

Prior to Citizen Schools, Kristin worked as a financial advisor and analyst in the wealth management and commercial real estate industries, where she developed investment plans for high-net-worth clients and conducted in-depth market research and financial analyses.

Kristin lives in Newburyport and grew up in Essex County. She graduated from Connecticut College and earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is an active volunteer and is a member of Phillips Academy’s Regional Leadership Team and the InterPrep Boston board. 

As Director of Strategic Development for ECCF, Kristin will oversee the organization’s fundraising efforts. She will work closely with board members and community leaders to build ECCF’s asset base and strengthen the organization’s value proposition to its donors and partners. Her work will include a focus on building impactful collaborations with the corporate sector.

“This is an exciting time to join the ECCF team as the organization focuses on expanding its engagement of businesses and community members to drive positive change for this region” said Kristin. “ECCF’s broader leadership role will help us maximize the benefits to donors and partners while increasing our impact on the community as a whole, ensuring that Essex County stays one of the top places in the country to live and work.”

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