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Samantha Kendal - Associate

Virginia Fresne


While working in rural Kenya to eliminate barriers to quality education, Virginia witnessed how complex social issues require perseverance, teamwork, and creativity. Learning from residents’ lived experiences, she helped develop customized, actionable solutions to help students advance. This passion for improving lives has guided Virginia into various social impact-focused roles within the private and nonprofit sectors.

Today Virginia’s leadership shines bright as she brings her strategy, project management, employee engagement, fundraising, and communications expertise to help client teams tackle diverse social impact program development and ESG challenges. Every day she applies her program design and problem-solving experience to help organizations think and act intentionally about their societal and business impact.

Her journey has taken her inside global publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she created and managed corporate giving strategies and year-round employee volunteering and engagement opportunities. Earlier, she was a core part of the Red Sox Foundation team, nurturing deep donor relationships, conducting fundraising, and communicating human impact stories. She also spent almost five years transforming primary education in rural Kenya by upskilling teachers, supporting schools, and investing in girls as a staff member of the nonprofit Flying Kites. Virginia received a Master of Arts degree in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School at Brandeis University. Read more about Virginia in this Forbes Magazine profile.

When she’s not thinking about CSR solutions, you’ll find her hiking in Vermont with her dog Tuckerman, crafting jewelry for her small business, or discovering the best restaurants in Boston. And it won’t surprise you that when she worked in East Africa, she led groups twice to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of the Flying Kites Adventure Challenge program.

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