2023 SCI Idealist Award Recipient
Natanja believes in philanthropy that seeks out leaders making positive changes in their communities and centers their knowledge, expertise, and solutions. At the core of Natanja’s work and beliefs is the concept “do nothing about me without me.” Natanja is committed to working in partnership with the full diversity of our communities, particularly women, girls, and gender-expansive people of color and the LGBTQIA+ community to build a better future for everyone.
Natanja Craig Oquendo brings a deep passion for grassroots organizations and over 20 years of nonprofit experience to her role as Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund. She’s worked in the philanthropic sector throughout the majority of her career. Natanja used her grit, passion, and personal life experience to help define and shape the Boston Foundation’s Grassroots Strategy — a unique strategy she built from the ground up. As Vice President of Community Partnerships for The Possible Project, Natanja led outreach efforts to ensure deep engagement with local leaders, families, and organizations. Natanja has also held positions with Fidelity Investments, The Partnership, Inc., and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
She believes in giving back by sharing her knowledge and expertise to create positive change within the community. She is a board member at Philanthropy Massachusetts and Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House and is on the advisory board at Harvard Law Center and Everyday Boston. Natanja also has an active family life with her five children and husband Jason.
The SCI Connect & Inspire Series is a new name and format for the event that has been known for 15 years as the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon. The events recognize leaders that exemplify the goals of SCI and bring people together.