Giselle Ferro Puigbo is Chief Development Officer of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Her personal mission is to connect people, ideas, organizations, and resources to build more equitable communities. In her 20-year career, she has facilitated, inspired, and mobilized more than $125 million for organizations addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges – like health equity and educational equity – in support of thriving communities. Prior to joining the region’s largest United Way, Giselle was the Executive Director of the Brookline Community Foundation. Giselle previously led development efforts at Health Leads, Teach For America, and Blue Engine.
Giselle is a Miami native, first-generation immigrant from Colombia, and a proud first-generation college graduate. She is a frequent speaker on subjects ranging from the future of philanthropy, equitable nonprofit practices, inclusion and diversity in fundraising, and community-led transformation. She sits on the nonprofit boards of Women in Development of Greater Boston and Brookline for Racial Justice & Equity. Giselle received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and three children.