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Philanthropy Network selects Christine Robinson as its new President

Friday, October 21, 2022

Christine RobinsonThe Board of Directors of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce Christine Robinson as the organization’s new president, effective September 12, 2022. 

Hailing most recently from the greater Boston area, Christine is a seasoned leader with expertise in nonprofit and public sector systems, generative networks and systems across the U.S. and building onramps to policy and systems change for justice. She is a recognized strategist known for her work in equity, vision articulation, program development, and design. She also has extensive experience in program evaluation, collaborative ventures; and local, regional and national initiatives on social justice issues.

Robinson’s background includes serving as a senior program staff member and consultant to some of the nation’s leading foundations, including the Ford Foundation (as co-architect of the six-year initiative to close the racial wealth gap), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (as coordinating consultant for the national childhood obesity initiative), the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the Moriah Fund, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Among her other professional affiliations, Robinson has held board positions with Economic Opportunity Funders (formerly Grantmakers Income Security Task Force), Early Childhood Funders Group, Asset Funders Network and Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families.

Philanthropy Network Board chair Ashley Del Bianco said, “Christine’s background in philanthropy and network leadership, as well as her expertise and commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice make her the ideal candidate to lead Philanthropy Network during this pivotal time in the organization’s evolution.”

Commenting about her new role at Philanthropy Network, Robinson said. “I am thrilled to join Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, and look forward to working with the staff, board, the philanthropic community and numerous stakeholders. I know that the Greater Philadelphia region is a place where we can pursue equity and justice and make progress on education, housing, community violence, economic security, and environmental justice. The region has numerous assets to build upon and a rich history. It can serve as a beacon, as it has historically, as a place of inspiration and collaboration. There is extraordinary beauty and resources throughout the region.”

Robinson was educated at Vassar College, Brandeis University, and the University of Pennsylvania and is trained as a developmental and community psychologist. She was the 2017-2018 Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellow at The University of Pennsylvania in applied psychology, and is currently a Fellow at The University of New Hampshire, Carsey School of Public Policy. 

Read more about Christine's background here.


About Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Philanthropy Network’s mission is to strengthen philanthropy in order to create a more vibrant, resilient and equitable region. We create opportunities for funders, social investors, philanthropy support organizations and partners to learn, connect, and lead change in Greater Philadelphia, and are committed to helping our members center racial equity in their operations and across all social impact priorities. Learn more at