Pamela P. Flaherty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi. In her time at Citi, she has held other key leadership roles, including Citicorp's Senior Human Resources Officer and Director of Citi's New York Consumer Retail business.
Pam leads the Foundation, whose mission is to economically empower individuals and families residing in the communities we serve in 89 countries. Through a "More than Philanthropy" approach—a combination of financial support, employee engagement, and innovative grant structuring—the Foundation has been able to significantly enhance the value of the support provided to nonprofit partners and increase the long-term impact of its investments. As head of the company's Citizenship efforts, Pam encourages the development of activities where Citi's businesses can make a difference, including sustainability and the environment.
She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University and also participates on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Kenyon College, Colonial Williamsburg, and The Nature Conservancy Long Island Chapter. Pam is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Pam is an honors graduate of Smith College and holds a Master's in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Brandee McHale is the Chief Operating Officer at the Citi Foundation, responsible for shaping the Foundation's overall strategy, grantmaking programs including Citi Volunteers, and all operational issues. Brandee joined Citi in 1991 and has a long history in both business management and philanthropy. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the Director of Operations for Citi Community Capital, one of the largest community development financing entities in the United States. Earlier assignments included a series of increasingly responsible positions in Citi's Community Relations and Community Reinvestment Act departments. In 2005, Brandee left Citi to join the Ford Foundation, developing a portfolio of investments that support low-income households' efforts to participate in the mainstream economy, attain economic self-sufficiency and fulfill asset development goals.
Brandee serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) and is the Co-Chair for the Living Cities Assets and Income Working group and Local Integration Initiative selection committee, a groundbreaking effort to promote neighborhood transformation innovations that focus on both people and place.
Brandee holds a Master's in Urban Policy from the New School for Social Research.
Karen Valencia Wright is the Director of Operations at the Citi Foundation. She oversees the Foundation's financial and operations functions including financial reporting, business planning, compliance and management of operations staff. She also manages the Foundation's impact measurement strategy and grant planning process.
Karen joined the Citi Foundation in 2004, leading the move to online grantmaking and working to continuously improve systems and processes. Prior to joining Citi, she spent 5 years working for The Learning Project, a nonprofit educational management organization as Director of Finance and Administration. Karen began her career as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs. She holds a BS in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University.
Rosemary Byrnes oversees the Foundation’s investments in College Success programs which seek to dramatically increase the number of first-generation students and those from low- to moderate-income families who obtain a postsecondary degree.
Prior to this role, she was the Director of Communications and Volunteerism where she lead the internal and external communications strategies for the Citi Foundation and created resources designed to facilitate employees’ engagement in Citi's Citizenship agenda through service. She provided oversight to steering committees around the world that deliver on Global Community Day, an annual day of service for Citi that most recently engaged more than 100,000 volunteers to mark the company’s 200th anniversary in 2012.
Before joining Citi in 2003, Rosemary fulfilled numerous roles at the American Red Cross in Greater New York including Director of Community Outreach, a department that she was tapped to create and direct for the organization. The department successfully provided disaster preparedness training to thousands of New Yorkers both pre- and post-September 11, 2001. Prior to this role she worked at Manhattan College leading Student Development and New Student Orientation programs.
Rosemary is the co-chair of the Global Committee of the Points of Light Institute's Corporate Service Council and serves on the board of the Catholic Youth Organization for the Archdiocese of New York. She holds dual Master's degrees from Bowling Green State University in Higher Education Administration and Guidance and a Bachelor's degree from Binghamton University.
Hui Wen Chan is the Impact Analytics and Planning Officer at Citi Foundation. She is responsible for measuring and tracking portfolio performance and impact to support the foundation's grants planning process.
Hui has prior work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Citi Foundation, she advised clients across a variety of industries at Sagent Advisors, Inc. and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group). She also served as a Program Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation's pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Beijing, China. Most recently, she was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, focused on strategic planning and business development.
Hui graduated with Honors from Harvard College with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she focused her studies on social enterprise and impact investing.
Rachael Claudio is the Program Associate at the Citi Foundation, responsible for managing the U.S. local grant program along with the Foundation's U.S. grant program officer. Rachael has a history in both corporate and nonprofit work. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rachael worked for the Children's Defense Fund, the Office of Senator Kennedy, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, and Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.
Rachael holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Eliza Cooney is the Program Manager for Employee Engagement for the Citi Foundation. She is responsible for developing and executing project management plans for Citi’s volunteer initiatives, including Citi’s annual Global Community Day. Eliza also manages the Foundation’s local arts and culture relationships. She is a founding member of Citi's NYC Green Team, a forum for Citi employees who share an interest in environmental sustainability issues. Eliza has been with Citi since 2008 and has previously held positions in Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability and Research in Operations & Technology.
Prior to Citi, Eliza owned and managed a consumer goods company, with manufacturing in the U.S. and China. She also worked for five years in the environmental field, focusing on fresh water and policy. Eliza serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy's Young Professional's Group in New York and also chairs its Development Committee. Eliza received her BA from Pomona College and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability at Columbia University.
Stephanie Hochman is responsible for managing the Citi Foundation's U.S. local grant program in coordination with Citi Community Development's regional directors covering the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada. Stephanie works with the Citi Community Development team to design and implement strategies that address the needs of low- to moderate-income communities while strengthening their ability to work with their nonprofit community partners to execute innovative programs that achieve measureable impact and contribute to the Foundation's mission of economic empowerment and financial inclusion.
Stephanie holds a BS in business management from the Binghamton University School of Management and has completed studies at the Emory University School of Law.
Julie Hodgson is a Program Manager at the Citi Foundation, working with the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations on a range of organization development activities, Citi Foundation board meeting management and governance procedures, and high visibility “More than Philanthropy” programs and partnerships. Prior to joining Citi, Julie coordinated fundraising and volunteerism efforts in nonprofit organizations including the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Julie holds a BA in Social Work from Gordon College and a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Graham Macmillan is the Senior Program Officer for Financial Inclusion at the Citi Foundation. Citi's financial inclusion efforts are focused on bringing formal banking products and services to the more than two billion people worldwide that are unbanked.
Previously, he managed the Foundation's Microfinance and Enterprise Development portfolios. Prior to joining the Citi Foundation, Graham was Senior Director of VisionSpring, a social enterprise selling consumer products to promote economic development.
Graham is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and is on the Board of Directors of the Global Syndicate. He received his Bachelor's degree from Colby College, MSc from NYU Wagner, and MBA through a joint program at NYU Stern, London School of Economics and HEC Paris School of Management.
Monica Mecca is the International Grants Program Officer, responsible for managing the Foundation’s international giving program in coordination with three regional Citizenship offices, covering 86 countries. She also partners with the Citi LATAM public affairs office to design and implement investment strategies that address the needs of low-income communities around the world, monitoring performance and driving knowledge-building activities that accelerate the impact of the Foundation’s international investments.
Monica has been with Citi for over 7 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, she most recently worked in International Franchise Management, where she collaborated with Citi’s 101 franchises to enhance franchise governance and solidify strategy, as well as advancing development opportunities for the Citi Country Officer population.
Monica earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from Columbia University, with a concentration in Human Rights and Development Studies.
Kristen Scheyder leads the Citi Foundation's U.S .Neighborhood Revitalization, Enterprise Development and Microfinance portfolios. She collaborates with national organizations to develop innovative programs that expand Citi's partnerships and initiatives with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other U.S. community development organizations, to innovate, attain scale and achieve financial sustainability.
Kristen has been a community development practitioner for 20 years, with experience in the banking, government and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Citi, she was Deputy Director for the Northeast Region of NeighborWorks America, where she oversaw the provision of financial and technical resources to 80 NeighborWorks organizations across 11 states. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Community Development at HSBC Bank, where she co-managed a $225MM portfolio of CRA-qualified loans and investments to Community Development Financial Institutions and affordable housing initiatives. She also worked at Seedco, where she lead the strategic planning and implementation process for the Lower Manhattan Small Business Recovery Initiative that assisted more than 500 businesses affected by the events of 9/11, the City of Philadelphia, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. She earned a MGA from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
Daria Sheehan directs the Citi Foundation's U.S .Financial Capability and Asset Building portfolio. She collaborates with national financial education and asset building organizations to develop programs that help individuals, youth and families develop the skills they need to make informed financial decisions, change their financial behaviors and acquire and preserve assets over the course of their lives.
Previously, Daria directed the Citi Foundation's global Education portfolio, where she led the development of the Citi Foundation's "College and Careers" global education strategy, which launched in 2008. Prior to joining Citi, Daria held various positions in corporate communications, community relations and consumer affairs at Pepsi-Cola Company, Unilever and Chesebrough-Pond's.
Daria serves on the New York State Financial Literacy Coalition's Advisory Board.
Irena Shiba is the Program Officer for International Microfinance and Enterprise Development at the Citi Foundation where she is responsible for making and managing philanthropic investments in 89 countries where Citi operates. The Citi Foundation's Microfinance and Enterprise Development portfolios are comprised of investments that drive consumer financial product innovation while supporting small businesses that create jobs and enhance incomes. She also directs the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, Citi's signature $3 million program that recognizes the extraordinary contributions that microentrepreneurs have made to the economic sustainability of their families as well as their communities in 32 countries.
Prior to joining Citi, Irena worked at Senator Hillary Clinton's office on immigration affairs and at the New York City Council representing constituent interests at City Hall. Most recently, she worked on the International Year of Microcredit, an effort of the United Nations to promote more inclusive financial sectors around the globe.
Irena currently serves on the Board of the Microfinance Club of New York and on the Steering Committee of the International Grantmakers Network, Philanthropy New York. She graduated with Honors from McGill University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Development Studies and Political Science. She holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy with an international development specialization from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Florencia Spangaro is the Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy. Her responsibilities include leading internal and external communications strategies for the Citi Foundation, creating resources designed to help employees engage in Citi's Citizenship agenda through volunteer service, and leading the Citi Foundation’s disaster response program.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for Citi's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regional Corporate Citizenship office where she was responsible for coordinating philanthropic and volunteering programs across 52 countries. Before joining Citi, Florencia worked for the government and NGO sectors, which has provided her the needed experience to develop strategic partnerships that address the interests of public and private sector institutions and meet the needs of local communities.
Florencia holds a Master's Degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Metropolitan University in London and a Master's Degree in International and Comparative Legal Studies from University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.
Jasmine Thomas is the Program Officer for International Financial Capability & Asset Building, responsible for making and managing philanthropic investments that enable youth, adults and families to develop financial knowledge and skills, change their financial behaviors and build and preserve financial assets in 89 countries. In addition she manages investments in Youth Education and Livelihoods which support educational, entrepreneurial and training opportunities that lead to improved employment prospects for low-income youth, ages 13-25, increasing their ability to contribute to the economy.
Before joining the Citi Foundation, Jasmine was a Program Officer at the Surdna Foundation, focusing on community development, workforce and economic development as well as asset building. Prior to joining Surdna, she served as a Program Officer at The New York Community Trust. Much of her early career focused on addressing social policies and disparities among low-income and marginalized people, providing direct service and engaging in research within community organizations and higher education institutions. Jasmine is a member of the Policy Working Group of Philanthropy New York, a regional association of grantmakers. She also was a P.L.A.C.E.S. Fellow of The Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities.
Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a Master of Education degree from Columbia University's Teachers College and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Policy-Practice from New York University's Silver School of Social Work.
Sharon Den is the Assistant to Pamela Flaherty, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Citi Foundation. She coordinates all administrative and scheduling activities for Ms. Flaherty, and works on special projects as assigned. She also functions as Ms. Flaherty's liaison to the Boards of the outside organizations to which she belongs. Before joining the Foundation, Sharon was the Project Manager for the Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. She served as the primary contact for constituents and outside organizations on all matters pertaining to the office of the Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and was responsible for conducting research and formulating responses to numerous issues relating to domestic violence, immigrant affairs, access for the disabled, and criminal justice, among other areas.
Sharon holds a BA in Anthropology with a Minor in Russian Language and Literature from Dartmouth College. She serves as the Volunteer Projects Team Leader for the Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York City.
Diane Hauser is a Program Assistant at the Citi Foundation, responsible for supporting the Foundation's Chief Operating Officer as well as providing program support to Citi Volunteers. Diane helps maintain Citi Volunteers' websites, works on special volunteer events including implementing the firm's Global Community Day, and serves as primary contact for Employee Volunteer Recognition initiatives including the President's Volunteer Service Awards.
Diane is a 15-year veteran of Citi, having supported several departments within Smith Barney prior to joining the Citi Foundation. Diane holds a BS in Biological Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is an active volunteer in her community.
Lia Cartagena is a Grants Associate at the Citi Foundation providing information, analysis, and technical support for programmatic staff and nonprofit partners while managing database systems and ensuring the Foundation’s grant portfolio meets regulatory standards.
Prior to joining the Citi Foundation, Lia was on the communications staff at the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy where she worked to coordinate a range of events, including International Corporate Philanthropy Day and the Board of Boards CEO Conference which convened top CEOs from around the globe.
Lia holds an MA in Nonprofit Management with a concentration on Corporate Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy and a BA in Communications from San Francisco State University. She is the co-chair for the New York City Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and is a member of the Grants Managers Network and Net Impact.
Catherine Garcia is a Program Assistant at the Citi Foundation, responsible for providing administrative and programmatic support to Program Officers. Reporting to the Director of Operations, Catherine also manages the general day to day operations of the office. Previously, she implemented solar education training programs at the Center for Sustainable Energy, and spent 2 years at the City University of New York managing planning and logistics for the University's yearly internal grant program. She is highly interested in "triple bottom-line" enterprise development, and the role of philanthropy in scaling entrepreneurship and innovation.
Catherine is a 2011 StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation Fellow and a recipient of the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Student Commitment Award. She received her BA in Environmental Science and Urban Planning from Hunter College.
Sarah Lamothe is the Grants Manager at the Citi Foundation. She is responsible for Grants Administration, Information Management, Analysis and Reporting, and IT Management. Sarah has a history in both private foundation and nonprofit work. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sarah worked at Atlantic Philanthropies and Project Renewal.
Sarah holds a BA in Political Science and French from the University of Vermont. She is a member of the Grants Managers Network and is on the NYC membership committee.
Gawain Patterson is a Grants Associate at the Citi Foundation, focusing primarily on the Foundation's impact measurement initiative in addition to other grants management responsibilities. Before joining the Foundation, Gawain worked at a number of organizations in, and supporting, the nonprofit sector including Time Warner Corporate Responsibility and LISC, as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Cashin Community Development Fellowship Program.
Gawain holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Grants Managers Network and LISC New York City's Community Networks.
Willie Wilson is the Finance Analyst at the Citi Foundation, responsible for all financial, accounting and compliance processes and procedures. Willie also assists with grant reporting in additional to process and system improvements. Prior to joining the Foundation, Willie worked as an analyst in Citi Transaction Services NA.
Willie holds a BS in Accounting & Management Information Systems from Winston-Salem State University.