Kristin Bertell is chief philanthropy officer at City of Hope and a member of City of Hope’s Enterprise Leadership Team. In this role, Bertell provides strategic leadership for all aspects of City of Hope’s philanthropic efforts as the cancer treatment center and biomedical research institution enters a new era of growth and development.
Bertell joined City of Hope in 2015 and oversees a team of nearly 160 staff in executing a diverse portfolio of fundraising programs and activities. Under her direction, City of Hope is evolving its 100-plus-year fundraising platform into an industry-leading, mission-driven philanthropic enterprise, all while maintaining its status as a Charity Navigator 4-star-rated charity.
With more than 30 years of expertise in nonprofit fundraising, Bertell has received multiple awards recognizing her work, including being named the 2014 AFP San Diego Chapter’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional. She is also a regular speaker at local and national professional association and industry conferences and is a certified fundraising executive.
Previously, Bertell served in leadership and fundraising positions for UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Greenwood Company and UCLA Health Sciences Development.
She is a graduate of UCLA and holds a master’s degree in communications management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.