As Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Sharon Scott-Chandler fills the number two position at ABCD, playing a key role in overseeing ABCD’s wide array of human services programs. Scott-Chandler brings a wealth of experience to this position. A vital member of the ABCD leadership staff since 1999, she served as Vice President, ABCD Head Start and Children’s Services, since 2003. In that position she provided leadership to the $30 million citywide ABCD Head Start program serving 2,400 low-income, preschool children and their families in 24 centers throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.
In 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Scott-Chandler to the Black Advisory Commission, which advises on issues relating to the economic prosperity and well-being of Massachusetts’ black community. From 2007-2010, Governor Deval Patrick appointed her Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Early Education & Care Department, the primary vehicle for top-level policy and funding decision making affecting the state’s 240,000-plus pre-school children and their families. She remains on the Board as a member. From 1999 to 2003, Scott-Chandler headed ABCD Child Care Choices of Boston (CCCB), the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop and Everett, providing expert leadership to a program that serves more than 11,000 children, their families and licensed early childhood education providers. Prior to joining ABCD, Scott-Chandler served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Before that she was an associate at Morrison, Mahoney & Miller law firm in Boston, and a legislative aide to U.S. Congressman Sidney R. Yates in Washington, D.C..
Scott-Chandler received her law degree from Northeastern University Law School and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University. She is a Trustee of the Urban College of Boston and a member of the Board of Directors for Cradles to Crayons, MADCA and MASSCAP. She also serves on numerous statewide and city task forces.