TITLE: Senior Community Relations Specialist
FOCUS AREAS: Rare genetic diseases, multiple sclerosis, thyroid cancer, cardiovascular diseases.
CONTACT: Online form, 877-GENZYME ext. 14040.
PROFILE: Kristen Brown is a senior community relations specialist at Genzyme, and has been with the company since July 2012. According to her LinkedIn profile, these are her responsibilities in this role:
- Drive all aspects of Genzyme’s Community Relations efforts, in order to help build and maintain the company's positive reputation as a responsible and committed corporate citizen.
- Manage charitable donations and sponsorships in the areas of science education, access to healthcare, and unmet community needs. Responsible for all phases of the grant process and for building and maintaining multi-faceted relationships with nonprofit partners.
- Prepare and present grant proposals and recommendations at quarterly review meetings to a committee of Genzyme executives.
- Manage global employee volunteer grant program, provide support to employee team volunteer activities, and promote team building volunteer efforts with partner organizations.
- Develop communications plan and produce internal communications for community relations. Managed the development of the company’s first community relations brochure intended to increase the program’s visibility.
- Manage summer internship program for high school students. Work cross-functionally with other departments to implement program. Oversaw increase in the size of the program from five interns to over twenty-five.
- Direct management responsibility for Community Relations co-op and contractor position.
Brown previously spent more than three years as a program associate at The Philanthopic Initiative (TPI). She earned a BS in business administration, marketing and human resources from Northeastern University and a certificate in corporate citizen management from Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.
Brown’s Cambridge School Volunteers bio shares:
Kristen came to her Genzyme position after several years with The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), part of the Boston Foundation, where she worked with donors around strategic giving. Her experience there – supporting family foundations, coordinating grants and understanding community relations – gave her a sound footing at Genzyme.
Currently, Kristen manages much of Genzyme’s charitable giving with local non-profits. She is also the coordinator for CSV’s Reading Buddies partnership between Genzyme and the Fletcher-Maynard Academy (FMA). Plus, she is a Reading Buddy herself, coming to the school every week with her colleagues to read aloud to a first grader. The FMA and Genzyme have enjoyed this partnership for almost 16 years. As Kristen notes, many of the “buddies” have been volunteering for years, though there are always new ones to come on board. “It’s during the lunch hour. Volunteers can clear their heads, get away from their desks, go to the school and feel good about what they’re doing with the kids. And the kids are excited…it’s why people come year after year. It’s fun…and the “buddies” don’t want to miss a session”.
Kristen notes that she is glad to bring a Genzyme presence onto the CSV Board. It serves to strengthen the partnership as well as give the Board an additional perspective on working together with its corporate collaborators. And when Kristen is not busy with her work responsibilities, she enjoys traveling, and also volunteers with the Women’s Lunch Place as well as the planning committee for LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Boston Walk for Lung Cancer.