Arlene Fortunato

(she/her/hers) Interim Chief Development Officer
Arlene Fortunato

Arlene Fortunato has 43 years experience as a development professional, nonprofit leader and LGBTQ community activist.

After 20 years as a fundraiser, Arlene joined the administration of Boston Mayor Tom Menino as Senior Advisor on community relations. In 1996 Arlene went to Citizens Bank where she led charitable giving, corporate sponsorships and media relations.

In 2002, Arlene formed the Fortunato Consulting Group, specializing in building the capacity of nonprofits. In 2014, after 12 successful years in business, Arlene was recruited to Partners HealthCare as Chief Development Officer of the Kraft Center for Community Health. In 2017, Arlene joined The Greater Boston Food Bank as Senior Vice President for Advancement, where she leads the efforts to secure funds to support GBFB. In 2020, Arlene led the team that raised $100,000,000 for GBFB’s COVID-19 response and ensure the financial sustainability of the organization.

In 2021, Arlene received the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. She has also been recognized with the Massachusetts AFP Development Professional of the Year award, YWCA Academy of Women Achievers and named among Top 10 Professional Coaches in Women’s Business Magazine.

Arlene lives in Brookline with her wife and 8-year-old daughter and is also the proud mother of two grown and thriving humans.



Arlene Fortunato