Christopher Petrella

Director of Philanthropic Initiatives

"Give light and people will find the way." --Ella Baker


Christopher Petrella, PhD, manages the design and implementation of programmatic and grantmaking initiatives for MCF and acts as the organization’s key advisor on short and long-term philanthropic initiatives.

Prior to joining MCF, he served as editorial director and VP of operations at Kaepernick Publishing and led political education curriculum development efforts at Know Your Rights Camp

As a historian of 19th- and 20th-century racialization in the United States, Christopher holds a visiting professor appointment in American Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

He earned his PhD in African diaspora studies from UC Berkeley.