Action for Boston Community Development, a Boston-based nonprofit human services agency that helps low-income residents in Greater Boston to transition out of poverty, recently announced that John Drew, its president/CEO since 2009, will retire, to be succeeded by chief operating officer Sharon Scott-Chandler.
Drew, now 85, who joined Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in 1971, said, “I have had a long run supporting ABCD and its many all-important programs, as well as playing a role in significant national, state and local initiatives to combat poverty and provide opportunities for those who are low-income and disadvantaged to get on the escalator to a better life. I came in when ABCD was a start-up, something new, an organization dedicated to combating poverty during tumultuous times.”
Sean Daughtry, board chair of ABCD, cited Drew as “a tireless advocate, champion and warrior for all those needing a hand up in our city, state and nation.”
He added, “John is determined, tenacious, and relentless in pursuing goals that give people in need opportunities to build a better life for themselves and their children, and live with dignity. His leadership at ABCD has been a force for good for all concerned and he leaves the organization stronger than ever.”
Since the 1960s, ABCD has built a number of local institutions, including the …