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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.

Racial Equity

Board Officers

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Sean K. Daughtry
Board Chair, Representing State Rep. Christopher Worrell

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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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Julia Hardy Cofield, Esq.
Clerk, Representing Senator Michael Rush

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Candice Caines-Francis, CPA
Assistant Treasurer, Representing State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

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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Caitlin Callahan
Urban College of Boston

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Rita Covan-Reid
East Boston

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Matilda Drayton
Parker Hill/Fenway

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Kathleen R. Flynn
South Boston

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Connie Forbes
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
Mystic Valley

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Patricia McShane
Allston-Brighton

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Marlena Nania
South Boston

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Sarita Owens
Dorchester

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Marian O’Neil
North End/West End

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Patricia Powers
East Boston

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Maria Ramos
Parker Hill/Fenway

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Carmen Rondash
Head Start Policy Council

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Judith Ward
Jamaica Plain

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Thomas Webb
Jamaica Plain

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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Samuel DePina
Representing Boston Public Schools

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Eileen Dern, RN
Representing MelroseWakefield Healthcare

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Cokiena Fuller
Representing Boston NAACP

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George Montgomery
Representing La Alianza Hispana

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Rhonda Pieroni
Representing Hearth, Inc.

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Kristen Rupert
Representing Associated Industries of MA

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Marian Walsh, Esq.
Representing Operation ABLE

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Collique Williams
Representing Greater Boston Labor Council – AFL-CIO

Public Sector

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Sean K. Daughtry
Board Chair, Representing State Rep. Christopher Worrell

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

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Jean M. Babcock
Representing Senator Lydia Edwards

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Julia Hardy Cofield, Esq.
Clerk, Representing Senator Michael Rush

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Candice Caines-Francis, CPA
Assistant Treasurer, Representing State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

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Alejandro Camarena
Representing Rep. Kevin G. Honan

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Mary Chin
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Erin J. Murphy

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Julisa Curet-Rodriquez
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Julia Mejia

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Joyce Dennis
Representing Senator Nick Collins

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Shaikh Hasib
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty

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Rodline Louijeune, Esq.
Representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ruthzee Louijeune

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John P. McGahan
Representing Boston City Councilor Frank Baker

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Linda Monteiro
Representing State Rep. Liz Miranda

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Faarooq Sahabdeen
Representing Councilor Ricardo Arroyo

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Aneesh Sahni
Representing State Rep. Adrian Madaro

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Lynnette Sumpter
Representing State Rep. Chynah Tyler

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Angela Williams-Mitchell
Representing Boston City Councilor Kim Janey

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Anne M. Corbin-Fennell
Chief Operating Officer

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Flossy Calderón
Vice President of Head Start & Children’s Services

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Ronald G. Marlow
Vice President of Workforce Development and Alternative Education

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Christina Sieber
Vice President for Planning and Institutional Advancement

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Jennifer Williams
General Counsel

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Josh Young, II
Vice President of Field Operations and Legislative Affairs

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2000 – Don Law
President, Live Nation New England

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2000 – John L. Harrington
Chairman, Yawkey Foundation

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2000 – Edward M. Kennedy
U.S. Senator

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2009 – Robert M. Coard
ABCD President/CEO (1968 – 2009)

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2011 – Bob Ryan
Boston Globe Sports Columnist

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2011 – Melnea Cass
Civil Rights Leader

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2011 – Melvin Herbert (Mel) King
Community leader & change agent

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2012 – Sargent Shriver
Founder, Peace Corps & Head Start Social justice innovator

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2014 – Hubie Jones
Social justice advocate, entrepreneur

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2014 – Sarah-Ann Shaw
Community Activist & Journalist, WBZ-TV

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2015 – Lewis C. Eisenberg
Partner, Cosgrove, Eisenberg and Kiley

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2015 – Dr. Jean McGuire
Executive Director, METCO

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2015 – John Sasso
President, Advanced Strategies

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2016 – Gloria L. Fox
State Representative

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2016 – James T. Brett
President and CEO, The New England Council

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2017 – Byron Rushing
State Representative

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2017 – Edward J. Markey
U.S. Senator

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2018 – Glenn “Doc” Rivers
Championship NBA Coach

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2022 – John J. Drew
ABCD President/CEO (2009 - 2022)