Maria Chertok has been working with CAF Russia since 1997, and since May 2005 as a director. She has been involved in a number of exciting innovations in the Russian philanthropic sector, including development of community foundations model, corporate giving and private foundations. In 2009 she was named one of ten most influential philanthropy professionals in Russia by Russian Reporter magazine.
Maria is the Chair of the WINGS Board, member of the Advisory Board of the Community Foundations Partnership, member of the Editorial Board of Alliance magazine and a co-organiser of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize. She authored a number of articles and research materials on various aspects of philanthropy and civil society development in Russia and globally. In the past, Maria served as a council member of the Russian Donors Forum, a steering committee member of Grantmakers East Group of the European Foundation Centre, and a trustee of Philanthropy Bridge Foundation (UK).
Before working with CAF, Maria was a researcher at the Moscow office of the Ford Foundation. She graduated cum laude in sociology from Moscow State University.