Sutherland Edwards

Our Team

> Christina Sutherland, Founder and Managing Partner

> Julie Pruniski, Senior Associate

> Dave Edwards, Of Counsel

Christina Sutherland, Founder and Managing Partner

Christina SutherlandChristina Sutherland has an extensive background in organizational development, nonprofit management and fund development gleaned from more than thirty years in nonprofit leadership and grantmaking. Before founding Sutherland~Edwards in 2002, Chris served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Programs and Donor Services for the East Bay Community Foundation, a $130 million foundation, where she managed a staff of twenty-seven, six departments and an annual operating budget of more than $3 million. She also served as Director of Programs for the Peninsula Community Foundation (now part of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) and as an Executive Director of multiple nonprofits. Chris brings expertise in donor services, grantmaking, community leadership, strategy and organizational development. A leader in the community foundation field for more than twenty years, Chris also serves as an advisor to CFLeads, the thought leader among community foundations on the discipline and practice of community leadership.


  • Served as first Chief Operating Officer of a rapidly growing mid-sized foundation ($130 million in assets).
  • Designed and managed a complex $5 million annual grantmaking program for a $400 million community foundation.
  • Designed and managed a five-year, $10 million initiative building the community leadership, internal operations, governance and grantmaking capacities of small, rural community foundations throughout California.
  • Created a groundbreaking approach, later adopted by community foundations nationwide, that integrated grantmaking and development/donor services functions to better serve grantees and donors and significantly increase charitable giving.
  • Developed a program for successfully incubating small regional community affiliate funds in the context of a larger community foundation.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts in Social History of Poverty

Julie Pruniski, Senior Associate

Julie PruniskiJulie Pruniski brings fifteen years of project management and consulting experience with for profit and nonprofit organizations to Sutherland~Edwards. Her experience includes strategic planning, organizational development, large-scale event planning, client relationship management and grantwriting. She began her career in human capital consulting at Arthur Andersen, followed by her role as a senior account manager with a custom publishing company where she led the development of web and print publications for Fortune 500 clients. Julie also helped launch Extend Fertility, a start-up focused on preserving women’s fertility that received national press in publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and Forbes.


  • Co-chaired the 2007 Net Impact Conference, the largest international gathering of MBAs interested in corporate social responsibility with over 1,800 attendees.
  • One of seven graduating MBA students awarded the Dean’s Service Award.
  • Honored as one of Vanderbilt Business School’s “10 Who Are Shaping Our World.”


  • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management, Master of Business Administration


Dave Edwards, Of Counsel

Dave EdwardsDave Edwards has thirty-five years of experience in the administration and financial management of educational and nonprofit organizations and has consulted with more than forty nonprofit organizations. Dave served as the founding CEO for The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, growing this startup community foundation from assets of $60,000 to more than $23 million in just seven years. Dave is an expert in foundation/nonprofit board governance, strategic and financial planning and asset development. As a leader in the community foundation field, Dave served as a reviewer for the Council on Foundations National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations project.

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