Karisa CentanniSenior Philanthropy Officer
Karisa grows and strengthens relationships with donors throughout New York state to further advance AFT’s mission and diverse programming. Prior to joining AFT, Karisa served as the Biodynamic Association’s development director, where she developed a fundraising strategy that strengthened multiple grassroots annual appeals and approaches, formalized mid-level and major gifts programs, and stewarded a robust network of foundation and corporate support. Before that, she supported major gifts and communications teams at UMass Amherst. She is currently a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Western MA Chapter. She is a trained and passionate biodynamic farmer, orchardist, and horticulturist, and hopes to grow a large garden, build biodynamic compost, steward a small orchard, and care for livestock with her extended family in Upstate New York. Karisa received her undergraduate degrees in English, fine arts (photography), and Russian from SUNY Buffalo.