The Campbell & Company East Region team is pleased to announce the addition of a new Senior Consultant, based in the Boston area. Caitlin Bristow joined the team in May from Campbell & Company’s Chicago office.
Since joining the firm in 2014, Caitlin has worked with clients across regions and sectors. She has also developed deep expertise in higher education and independent school fundraising, exemplified by her work with the Fenn School in Concord, MA on a successful two-year, $20 million campaign.
During her time with Campbell & Company, Caitlin has emerged as a thought leader and innovator. She has developed in-depth resources on alumni engagement, established our alumni engagement service, and helped to launch Beam Insights, our firm’s first software product.
Before Caitlin’s big move, we caught up with her to learn more about her new role and what’s on the horizon for her family.
What excites you most about moving to the Boston area?
I went to College of the Holy Cross for undergrad, and I had never been to New England before I stepped on campus for accepted student weekend in the spring of 2007. It was a wet and dreadfully cold weekend. My mom and I schlepped up and down the hills, but there was something magical and compelling about Holy Cross—the community feeling.
Over the last 10 years since I graduated, I have looked back so fondly on my time in Worcester, MA. I always envisioned moving back to the New England area and raising a family. When my husband Dan accepted a job at Harvard Medical School this winter, we were so thrilled to make the move east with our daughters Neala and Fiona (and our pup) to build our own community.
We are going to be living near the ocean, and we are really excited about the lifestyle that will come along with it. After the challenges of 2020, we are looking for fresh air, beaches, and some good seafood!
How will this expansion into New England transform our East Region team?
Campbell & Company has a long history of working with organizations across New England. My on-the-ground presence in the area will give us the opportunity to deepen our network and our impact. I’m looking forward to integrating into the Boston philanthropic community, which will allow us to serve our current and future clients even better.
How do you plan to immerse yourself in the regional nonprofit ecosystem?
As the world opens up this summer, I hope to meet with nonprofit leaders over a cup of coffee. I have been talking to past clients and peers in the area about my relocation, and these friendly conversations are giving me the chance to get more connected. Over the past seven years at Campbell & Company, I have grown so much, and I am looking to continue this growth on the East Coast.
I have also been involved in the Holy Cross alumni network over the years: facilitating job shadowing, conducting alumni interviews, fundraising, etc. I am excited to transition from the Chicago alumni group to the much bigger Boston alumni group and expand my volunteer involvement.
What sites are you and your family looking forward to exploring?
We have been big fans of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, so we are looking forward to frequenting the Museum of Science in Boston. The Boston Children’s Museum will also be an important destination for our family, as will all the parks, playgrounds, and beaches close by.
My husband and I love to travel, and there are so many short road trips that we can make with our two daughters. We can’t wait to visit Maine for the first time this summer! And when fall rolls around, we’re looking forward to traveling to Holy Cross for a football game. Being close to campus and to so many college friends is a dream.