CSV is fortunate to have Kristen Brown, Senior Community Relations Specialist at Genzyme, a Sanofi company, as its newest Board member. Welcome, Kristen!
Kristen came to her Genzyme position after several years with The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), part of the Boston Foundation, where she worked with donors around strategic giving. Her experience there – supporting family foundations, coordinating grants and understanding community relations – gave her a sound footing at Genzyme.
Currently, Kristen manages much of Genzyme’s charitable giving with local non-profits. She is also the coordinator for CSV’s Reading Buddies partnership between Genzyme and the Fletcher-Maynard Academy (FMA). Plus, she is a Reading Buddy herself, coming to the school every week with her colleagues to read aloud to a first grader. The FMA and Genzyme have enjoyed this partnership for almost 16 years. As Kristen notes, many of the “buddies” have been volunteering for years, though there are always new ones to come on board. “It’s during the lunch hour. Volunteers can clear their heads, get away from their desks, go to the school and feel good about what they’re doing with the kids. And the kids are excited…it’s why people come year after year. It’s fun…and the “buddies” don’t want to miss a session”.
Kristen notes that she is glad to bring a Genzyme presence onto the CSV Board. It serves to strengthen the partnership as well as give the Board an additional perspective on working together with its corporate collaborators. And when Kristen is not busy with her work responsibilities, she enjoys traveling, and also volunteers with the Women’s Lunch Place as well as the planning committee for LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Boston Walk for Lung Cancer.
CSV welcomes Kristen and looks forward to her energy and enthusiasm on the Board.