December 13, 2021 Press Releases
Community Foundation Announces Promotion and New Appointments
Springfield, MA—The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) is pleased to announce the promotion of Colleen Kucinski to director of Education Impact and Partnerships, and the appointments of Meredith Lewis as director of Community Impact and Partnerships and Bandhana Sinha as Business Analyst.
CFWM has proudly promoted Colleen Kucinski to director of Education Impact and Partnerships. Kucinski, who also celebrated her 6th anniversary at CFWM in September, will now direct postsecondary programs, Western Mass Completes, and other initiatives including a forthcoming focus on supporting a strong start for all children. Prior to administering CFWM’s $2 million scholarship and interest-free loan program as a senior program officer at the Foundation, Kucinski spent over 20 years working directly with students at area colleges, including Greenfield Community College where she served as director of Career Services and later as director of Admission. She has a Master of Education from Springfield College.
In her role as director of Community Impact and Partnerships, Meredith Lewis has oversight of all aspects of community investments including the design, implementation, and monitoring of grantmaking activities to direct the Foundation’s community impact goals. Lewis previously served as the director of Content, Education, and Family Experience for PJ Library, a global literacy program as well as in a variety of roles including managing editor and chief operating officer at 70 Faces Media. She received her Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Kucinski and Lewis are joined by Bandhana Sinha who now serves as Business Analyst for the Information Technology (IT) department. In this newly developed position, Sinha is responsible for leveraging technology and data to drive productivity and innovation. In recent work she served as an IT Business Analyst for Equinix and a Business Initiatives Consultant for Wells Fargo in the San Francisco Bay area. Sinha received her post-Graduate diploma in Management from New Delhi Institute of Management and her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Bangalore University.
Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts seeks to enrich the quality of life for the people of our region. With assets totaling $200 million, CFWM serves the three counties bordering the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties) by serving as a resource catalyst and coordinator for charitable activities. To learn more, visit communityfoundation.org.