The Foundation staff works to inspire, support, inform, listen to and collaborate with the people and organizations of Greater New Haven to build an ever more connected, inclusive, equitable and philanthropic community.

Christina M. Ciociola

Senior Vice President for Planning and Community Strategies

Christina Ciociola has held several positions at The Community Foundation in her twenty-plus year tenure. Most recently she was named Senior Vice President for Planning and Community Strategies.

In her role, Ciociola is responsible for ensuring the efficient and impactful distribution of The Foundation’s resources through grants and leadership activities. She is also responsible for the planning and evaluation of The Foundation’s strategic plan.

Since 2014 Ciociola has held the senior programmatic staff position at The Foundation, overseeing grantmaking, strategy development and implementation, and community knowledge work. Previously, Ciociola was The Foundation’s Director of Knowledge and Evaluation, playing a leading role in The Foundation’s community knowledge work and leading its efforts to promote local philanthropy through® and The Great Give®. Prior to working at The Foundation, Ciociola worked in healthcare.

Ciociola is a graduate of Merrimack College with a BA in psychology and sociology. She received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. Ciociola served on the leadership team of the Community Foundation Opportunity Network (CFON), a national network of community foundations committed to narrowing the opportunity gap and was a member of Social Venture Partners (SVP) of CT’s Investment Committee. She also served on the Community Impact Cabinet of United Way of Greater New Haven, and on the board of the Elm City Innovation Collaborative. Ciociola is a former member of the City of New Haven’s Financial Empowerment Commission and of the boards of The Mary Wade Home and DataHaven. Ciociola is a lifelong resident of the Greater New Haven area.