Who we are

ABCD is part of the Community Action Network, created with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 1964. The Act was a sweeping plan to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of their circumstances. As a community action agency, ABCD has a tripartite board structure consisting of members from the local private sector, public sector, and low-income community who are democratically selected by a local ABCD Advisory Board of their peers. Leaders from each of these groups collaborate on developing responses to local needs for our most underserved and at-risk neighbors.

Reporting to the ABCD Board of Directors, President/CEO John J. Drew provides leadership that’s both visionary and pragmatic. Executive Vice President/COO Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq. brings extensive experience and operational excellence to her role.

Racial Equity

Board Officers

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Sean Daughtry
Board Chair, Representing State Rep. Elizabeth A. Malia

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Nancy Dickerson
Vice Chair, Representing BMA Tenpoint

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Marie Greig
Vice Chair, South Boston

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Edward Katz
Vice Chair, Charlestown

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Reverend Dr. Florence King
Vice Chair, Representing State Rep. Paul Donato

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James A. Owens, Jr.
Vice Chair, Roxbury/North Dorchester

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Patricia Washington
ABCD Board Treasurer, rep Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

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Andres Molina
Assistant Treasurer, North End/West End

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Julia Hardy Cofield, Esq.
Clerk, Representing Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley

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John J. Drew
President/CEO

Public Sector

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Sean Daughtry
Board Chair, Representing State Rep. Elizabeth A. Malia

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Reverend Dr. Florence King
Vice Chair, Representing State Rep. Paul Donato

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Jean M. Babcock
Representing Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards

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Julia Hardy Cofield, Esq.
Clerk, Representing Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley

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Cisnell Baez
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Julia Mejia

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Samantha Bennett
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty

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Candice Caines-Francis, CPA
Representing State Rep. Jon Santiago

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Mary Chin
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Anissa Essaibi George

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Joyce Dennis
Representing Senator Nick Collins

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Liana LaMattina
Representing State Rep. Adrian Madaro

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Oscar Lopez
Representing State Rep. Kevin Honan

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John P. McGahan
Representing Boston City Councilor Frank Baker

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Brianna Millor
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Michelle Wu

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Gregory Molina IV
Representing Councilor Ricardo Arroyo

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Linda Monteiro
Representing State Rep. Liz Miranda

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Lynnette Sumpter
Representing State Rep. Chynah Tyler

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Angela Williams-Mitchell
Representing Boston City Councilor Kim Janey

Private Sector

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Nancy Dickerson
Vice Chair, Representing BMA Tenpoint

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Patricia Washington
ABCD Board Treasurer, rep Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

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Caryl Beison
Representing MelroseWakefield Healthcare

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Samuel DePina
Representing Boston Public Schools

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George Montgomery
Representing La Alianza Hispana

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Kristen Rupert
Representing Associated Industries of MA

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Marvin L. Venay
Representing Boston NAACP

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Marian Walsh, Esq.
Representing Operation ABLE

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Collique Williams
Representing Greater Boston Labor Council – AFL-CIO

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Shirell Williams
Representing Homes for Families

Neighborhood Sector

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Marie Greig
Vice Chair, South Boston

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Edward Katz
Vice Chair, Charlestown

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James A. Owens, Jr.
Vice Chair, Roxbury/North Dorchester

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Andres Molina
Assistant Treasurer, North End/West End

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Nathaniel Buckholz
South Boston

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Linda G. Dumas, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Urban College of Boston

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Kathleen R. Flynn
South Boston

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Reverend Art Gordon
Parker Hill-Fenway

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Zainab Hmito
Head Start Policy Council

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Syvalia Hyman, III
Roxbury/North Dorchester

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Dareline Jackson
South End

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Yvonne Jones
Dorchester

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Mary Keith
Roxbury/North Dorchester

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Lincoln Larmond
Mattapan

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Mary Manuel
South End

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Marguerite Mars
Representing Mystic Valley

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Patricia McShane
Allston-Brighton

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Patricia Powers
East Boston

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Daniel Roman
Parker Hill/Fenway

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Judith Ward
Jamaica Plain

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Thomas Webb
Jamaica Plain

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John J. Drew
President/CEO

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Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq.
Executive Vice President/COO