Philanthropy leader Kristin Bertell joins City of Hope as Chief Philanthropy Officer

December 14, 2014
Position will support research and treatment of cancer, diabetes and other diseases

DUARTE, Calif. — Accomplished philanthropic leader Kristin Bertell is joining City of Hope in the role of chief philanthropy officer. Currently associate vice chancellor of health sciences development at UC San Diego, Bertell will provide executive and strategic oversight 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.

Praised for her leadership skills, her ability to build strong partnerships and her commitment to research, Bertell joins an institution with an exceptional legacy of philanthropic support. Founded as a tuberculosis sanatorium providing charity care more than 100 years ago, City of Hope has since grown into a leading medical treatment center known for its research into cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. It is now focused on expanding the impact of, and access to, its translational research, academic-level medicine, and uniquely compassionate care.
“Through the philanthropic support of those individuals and organizations committed to our vision of a better future, City of Hope has improved the lives of countless people around the world,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Stone. “As we build on that foundation, it is vital that we have a strong development leader who can help us chart a course for the future. In Kristin, we have found that leader.”
In her new role, Bertell will lead a strategic vision and sustainable growth plan for City of Hope’s philanthropic efforts, ensuring that donor and solicitation programs are aligned with the organization’s strategic plan.  She will work closely and collaboratively with other members of City of Hope’s executive team; with its research and physician leaders; and with key individuals, corporations and foundations who support City of Hope’s work.
“City of Hope’s reputation for scientific research, top-level cancer treatment and patient-focused care is known world-wide, as is the mission-focused approach of its development team,” Bertell said. “I’m extremely pleased to join such a vibrant, visionary institution.”

At UC San Diego, Bertell led a team that raised $320 million in private philanthropic support – the largest fundraising goal ever met for UC San Diego Health Sciences – and served as the primary development lead in securing a landmark $100 million donation. That gift supported the establishment of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center.

Prior to UC San Diego, Bertell served as senior vice president of the Greenwood Company, a San Francisco-based consulting firm providing professional fundraising management expertise for nonprofit organizations, and as vice president of institute relations for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla.

She has also held leadership roles in development at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, California Lutheran University, Greater Southeast Healthcare System and the Autism Society of America. She began her career at UCLA.

Recently named Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by the San Diego chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Bertell is known for her commitment to ethics within the philanthropy field and has held Certified Fund Raising Executive status for more than 20 years.

Bertell has a master's degree in communications management from USC and a bachelor of arts from UCLA. She will assume her new role on February 23, 2015, reporting directly to the president and CEO.

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About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics in southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.