Constantino, Erickson Join Community Foundation Staff

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has appointed Renee Constantino as vice president for community investment and Kati Erickson as development manager.

As head of community investment, Constantino will provide leadership in the design and implementation of the foundation’s annual grant-making strategies and community leadership activities, including the annual Great Give online fundraising event that is open to all nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties.

Constantino will also work closely with the foundation’s development team to connect donors to opportunities for giving in the community.

Constantino was most recently manager of planning and evaluation at the Palm Beach County Department of Community Services. During her 13-year tenure, she worked as a grant maker, contractually managing over $30 million in public funds, and performing such functions as contract development and program implementation and monitoring in the areas of health, human and behavioral services. She has worked extensively with foundation financing partners such as the United Way, the Quantum Foundation and Allegheny Franciscan Ministries.

Constantino was previously executive director of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, director of development for the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast and a private consultant.

As development manager, Erickson is responsible for the foundation’s special events, including the annual gala, community luncheon series and Founder’s Award. She also manages corporate sponsorships and annual fundraising to support the foundation’s leadership efforts.

Erickson joined the foundation from the Armory Art Center, where she was director of marketing and development. She was also previously the assistant director of the palmbeach3 contemporary art fair, special events coordinator at the Norton Museum of Art and visual art programming director with VSA of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Florida State University and attended the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

“Renee and Kati are both passionate about the role philanthropy plays in shaping a community,” said President and CEO Brad Hurlburt. “As the foundation continues its legacy of building an endowment to meet our region’s critical needs, we welcome their new perspectives and expertise.”

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