ABCD President/CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler oversees the organization’s wide array of human services and anti-poverty programs since 2009. ABCD is one of the largest Community Action Agencies in the country, having a $200 million budget and serving more than 100,000 people throughout greater Boston each year. Ms. Scott-Chandler became a vital member of the ABCD leadership staff after leaving the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office in 1999 to pursue her commitment to working to directly impact the communities in which she was raised.
Prior to her current ABCD role, she served as ABCD’s Executive Vice President/COO, and Vice President of ABCD Head Start and Children’s Services managing the ABCD citywide Head Start program that supports 2,400 young children and their families in early care and education centers across Boston. Ms. Scott-Chandler also directed ABCD’s Child Care Choices of Boston (CCCB) – the designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRRA) in Greater Boston communities – bringing additional resources and recognition to a program that supports more than 11,000 children, their families and licensed early childhood education providers with state subsidies, training and information.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Scott-Chandler has held statewide leadership positions in various areas, including 10 years as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education & Care, serving four years as Chair. She is currently an appointee to the Massachusetts Governor’s Black Advisory Council, as well as the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC). She is also a trustee of the Urban College of Boston (UCB), and a board member of MADCA, MASSCAP, and the Cradles to Crayons Chairman’s Council.
Prior to joining ABCD, Ms. Scott-Chandler served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, an associate at a large Boston law firm, and a legislative aide to U.S. Congressman Sidney Yates. Scott-Chandler received her law degree from Northeastern University Law School and an undergraduate degree from Tufts University.