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Erik P. Goldschmidt



Erik Goldschmidt was appointed Director of the Church in the 21st Century Center in 2012. Formerly, he was the Executive Director of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) and previous to that was the Program Director of the City Connects in Catholic Schools in the Boston College Center for Optimized Student Support. He has a long commitment to Catholic education, both as a researchers and practitioner, with a particular interest in urban Catholic elementary schools. He holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, a Master’s of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Art of Teaching from the University of Portland. Curriculum Vitae.


Karen Kelly Kiefer

Associate Director

Karen Kelly Kiefer joins the Church in the 21st Century Center as its Associate Director. A Boston College alumna, Karen later returned to the university to work in the Office of University Advancement for close to a decade under the leadership of J. Donald Monan, S.J., and served as an adjunct faculty member in the Communication Department. Her marketing communications background and deep commitment to faith and philanthropy inspired her to create the nonprofit organization, Spread the Bread. Karen credits Boston College Jesuits for their profound influence towards the formation of this lay bread vocation. Active in the Church and its future, Karen and her husband Sam are raising four young daughters.


Elizandra Zapata


Elizandra Zapata joined the Church in the 21st Century Center in 2011. Elizandra has a background in corporate marketing and public relations and has a keen interest in technology. Formerly a programming assistant at Leadership for Change at the Carroll School of Management, Elizandra has also worked in Student Affairs and Capital Projects Management at Boston College. She has served on the Employee Development Task Team and on the Operational Efficiency Initiative in support of the University’s  Strategic Plan. Elizandra is actively involved in the Women’s Collaborative Group, Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program at Boston College and in community work in her hometown.