ABFE Announces New Vice President of Finance and Administration

ABFE Announces New Vice President of Finance and Administration


Hajrina Shehu joined ABFE in late November  



New York, NY; December 15, 2022 – ABFE, a philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities, has selected Hajrina Shehu as the new Vice President of Finance and Administration. Shehu will lead the organizations administrative and financial services and serve on the senior leadership team.


Shehu succeeds Janet Gumbs who announced her retirement earlier this year. Janet has been serving at the organization over the past 9 years and helped to recruit and onboard Hajrina. Janet’s last day at the organization is January 3rd, 2023.


Shehu brings over 14 years of financial account management experience. Most recently, Shehu served as the Chief Financial Officer at Philanthropy New York; a nonprofit membership organization that promotes strategic philanthropy and supports meaningful collaboration and knowledge sharing for funders and their grantees. During Shehu’s seven years at Philanthropy New York, she oversaw all aspects of finances and operations, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements, organization’s strategic planning, and managing IT and HR operations.


“We are thrilled to have Hajrina join the ABFE team, especially in the wake of Janet’s retirement” said Susan Taylor Batten, President, and CEO at ABFE. “Janet leaves big shoes to fill and I’m confident that Hajrina’ s prolific career experience has uniquely positioned her to help ABFE at this critical stage of our organization’s growth.”


Shehu has also held leadership roles at Reading Partners, Blake Medical Hospital, and Presbyterian Senior Services. Over the years, she has helped these organizations define their strategic direction, prepare new business plans, and streamline financial and procedural policies to ensure financial stability and organizational growth.


“While I’m new to ABFE, I’m not new to their work and impact in the Black community,” said Shehu. “I look forward lending my expertise and passion in community to support ABFE’s network and I’m excited for the organization’s future”.


Shehu graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant candidate in New York.


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If you have any questions, please contact info@abfe.org.