Marina Boulos-Winton - Photo and Bio
Marina Boulos-Winton has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management. Since July 2009, she has been President & CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM), and thereafter was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundations of Canada. She returned to her native Montreal for the position with the FGM after living and working for 12 years in New York City. Prior to her current position, she was Executive Director of High Water Women Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing senior women in finance the opportunity to be involved in philanthropy. Earlier, she was President and CEO of the national “I Have a Dream” Foundation®, with 70 chapters in 20 states. “I Have a Dream” is dedicated to providing children from low-income communities with a long-term supplementary education program and guaranteed tuition support so they can attend post-secondary education. During her tenure, she oversaw the opening of 21 new sites or chapters representing $30 million in private funds and pledges raised locally. Marina also improved the Foundation’s chapter services, increased private funding sources from 20% to 77% of the overall budget, and raised its national profile in numerous media outlets, including CBS Television’s revered news program, “60 Minutes”.
Previously, she was an Assistant National Executive Director of the YWCA of the USA, which oversaw at the time 3,000 different YWCA locations across the country with programs devoted to empowering women and girls. Prior to this, Marina held senior executive positions with the national fundraising consulting firm, CCS Fundraising Inc. and with United Way of New York City. In Montreal in the early 1990’s, she was Executive Director of Le Bon Dieu Dans la Rue, an organization serving homeless and runaway youth, founded by Father Emmett Johns also known as “Pops”. Following the completion of her studies at McGill University (BA with a major in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management), she served as Executive Director of Tel-Aide, Greater Montreal’s 24-hour crisis line and was actively involved in numerous Boards as well as community television.
She is the mother of two children, Spencer (age 9) and Conrad (age 11) and is married to private investor, Grant Winton.
She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association of Quebec, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the International Women’s Forum, and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.