The Crimsonbridge Foundation is an entrepreneurial philanthropic organization that builds bridges of collaboration to create transformative solutions to improve the lives of our nation’s youth and families. We innovate and strategically invest in education, leadership development and capacity building programs to help America’s youth and nonprofit organizations achieve their potential.
Promoting a robust nonprofit sector by supporting the development of existing and emerging leaders.
#Community is the Crimsonbridge Foundation’s commitment to participate, engage, listen and learn with the communities we support. It is a team driven social philanthropy initiative to take relationships beyond grant proposals and engage directly with partners to better understand challenges, identify solutions, leverage new resources, celebrate success, and build community. It’s our approach to philanthropy and community partnership.
As a Program Officer at the Crimsonbridge Foundation, Reyna oversees the foundation’s partnerships with organizations working in Education and Nonprofit Leadership Development.
Reyna brings a wealth of diverse personal and professional experience in education, leadership development, and philanthropy to the Crimsonbridge Foundation. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Reyna joined the El Pomar Foundation as a Fellow, where she worked on programs to encourage leadership and community development. She directed a college leadership program, partnering with universities across Colorado. She also worked as the Director of Special Projects at The Donnell-Kay Foundation, a private family foundation that works to improve public education in Colorado through research, policy, creative dialogue, and critical thinking. In her role there, she implemented a pilot training program to help new school leaders successfully open K-12 schools serving low-income communities.
While living overseas with her husband, Reyna worked as an instructor of English as a Second Language, teaching in K-12 schools and adult programs in Europe, Africa, and Washington, DC. Most recently, Reyna worked on projects with the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School and the DC Bar Foundation, helping to address educational and other critical needs of immigrant and underserved communities in Washington, DC.
Reyna holds a master’s degree in Education from George Mason University and a bachelor’s in Political Science as well as a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Colorado. Reyna is a mentor for an adult immigrant through the Carlos Rosario School. In addition, she is a certified yoga teacher passionate about women’s empowerment. In her spare time, she is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to travel.
The Crimsonbridge Foundation has awarded more than $20,000 in grants to 12 schools in the Archdiocese of Washington through its new Bridges for Schools program, which helps schools increase their Spanish language and bilingual communications capacity to better serve Hispanic families.
The Crimsonbridge Foundation has joined the Scheidel Foundation’s new College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative and has awarded $90,000 in grants to six organizations serving low-income students. Capital Partners for Education, College Success Foundation, Generation Hope, New Futures in Washington, DC, and College Tracks and Collegiate Directions in Maryland have each been awarded a $15,000 grant to support their college completion programs.
Through the Bridges Program, Crimsonbridge staff work closely with community partners to strategically build communication resources such as online content, websites, videos, and translated materials in Spanish. Watch below for videos from Bridges partners.