Geeta Pradhan

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Geeta Pradhan is president of Cambridge Community Foundation, a 100-year-old organization working to promote a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Cambridge with a culture of giving and opportunity for all.  Since joining the Foundation in July 2015, Geeta has been working to reposition the Foundation as an important civic leader, a high impact grantmaker, and a partner in philanthropy.

Geeta has a deep background in philanthropy, urban planning and economic development.  Prior to joining CCF, Geeta served as Associate Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation, where she oversaw community impact and grantmaking across the areas of Education, Health, Jobs, Housing & Neighborhoods and the Arts. She also played a leading role in a range of initiatives and collaborative ventures, including work on the Fairmount Corridor Initiative, which seeks to create greater opportunity for a number of contiguous low-income neighborhoods in Boston, by improving transit access as well as housing and community economic development through the arts, entrepreneurship, and family asset development.

An early adopter of ideas, Geeta led the Boston Foundation’s efforts in organizing Massachusetts Nonprofit Network — the state association of nonprofits, authored two groundbreaking reports on the financial health of Massachusetts Nonprofits; was co-founder of the Boston Indicators project, and directed the New Economy Initiative to leverage the power of technology for social change. Pradhan earlier served in local government, as director of the Sustainable Boston Initiative, following a leadership role in the Department of Neighborhood Development for the City of Boston.

She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned a Master’s Degree of Architecture in Urban Design. Geeta received a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India. An artist who studied traditional Chinese brush painting, she has held public exhibitions of her work.