Christopher Goett

Christopher Goett

President & CEO
Santa Fe Community Foundation

Christopher Goett is a value-oriented leader with over 20 years of experience in community-based philanthropy and a proven ability to engage diverse groups of people in driving collaborative change that advances racial and economic equity, improves community health, and combats housing insecurity.

As President & CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF), Goett drives the overall strategic direction, cohesion, and management of a multi-component community foundation, comprised of numerous charitable funds and initiatives. He works to amplify SFCF’s role as the largest nonprofit funder in the state of New Mexico through strategic partnerships and moves collaboratively within a broad spectrum of stakeholders to advance the Foundation as a convener on issues and challenges facing the northern New Mexico region including homelessness. Chris concurrently serves on several boards and advisory committees including Philanthropy Southwest.

Prior to joining the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Chris served as the first Executive Director for the Wescom Foundation, where he developed the Foundation’s first three-year strategic plan and created rigorous financial and operational protocols amongst other initiatives. Christopher also served as Senior Program Officer at the California Community Foundation where he managed a $3.5 million annual grant portfolio supporting nonprofits advancing racial equity in both affordable housing and small business development to address housing insecurity and promote job creation across Los Angeles County.

While at the California Community Foundation, Chris oversaw the Smart Growth Initiative which focused on connecting jobs, housing, and public space with transit. The California Community Foundation partnered with funders, nonprofits, the public and private sector, and community members to ensure that every L.A. resident had access to opportunity. Christopher helped build coalitions, engage with neighborhood organizations and leaders, support development of affordable housing and jobs near transit, and ensure all Angelenos had a voice in shaping the future of Los Angeles County. Prior to his role at the California Community Foundation, Chris served on the executive team of a non-profit affordable housing developer that build, owned, and operated over 4,000 rental units across the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.